Revealed: New £5.2 million school ready to open
Work has been completed on a new £5.2 million primary school as part of a major development in Hednesford.
Poppyfield Primary Academy will open this September as part of an ongoing revamp for the area – and to meet growing needs.
The Bishop Street school, which will open its doors on September 19, will only be accepting nursery and reception pupils within its first year.
But it will grow year-on-year to meet its full volume of 210 pupils and 26 nursery children, teaching students aged four to 11.
The school will be located within The Limes Development in Pye Green, situated on Bishop Street.
Construction work for the school started last September, forming part of a re-development scheme which also includes more than 700 homes and several shopping outlets.
It was built through contractor G F Tomlinson through the Staffordshire Construction framework, for Staffordshire County Council, Entrust and the Victoria Academies Trust.
The school consists of seven main classrooms for 32 pupils each, as well as two smaller group rooms for groups of 16.
County councillor Philip White, cabinet member for learning and employability at Staffordshire County Council, said: “Ensuring there are enough good school places available to parents is a key priority for the county council.
"Poppyfield Academy has been built in response to new housing in the local area, and we are proud to help create a school with a real community ethos, that can provide an excellent education for local children.
“The school is looking magnificent and I am sure it will offer an inspirational learning environment for local children.”
The exterior of the school consists of a large playing field, a multi-use games area, a woodland area, playground and car parking.
Chris Flint, director at G F Tomlinson, said: “We’re delighted to complete works at the new Poppyfield Primary Academy, and provide essential education places for the growing community within this area.
"The region is definitely on the up seeing sustained growth with a number of developments taking place across all sectors.
“We’re looking to expand further into the West Midlands and look forward to growing our portfolio of projects across the region.”