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Special educational needs school plan given go-ahead in Walsall

A new special educational needs (SEN) school has been given the go-ahead to open in Walsall on the site of a recently closed campus.

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The former Abu Bakr Girls School campus in Scarborough Road, Walsall. PIC: Google Street View

Witherslack Group will take over the former Abu Bakr Girls School on the corner of Scarborough Road and Ida Road after being granted permission by Walsall Council planners.

Work will be carried out which will include the part demolition of a rear building to allow for a revised car park, a new multi use games area (MUGA), removal of temporary external classrooms as well as landscaping.

The campus closed at the end of the summer term in July with Abu Bakr Girls School relocating to a new site in Wednesbury Road.

The building opened in 1930 as the Edward Shelley School before later becoming an Annexe for Alumwell School. It has also previously been used as a Walsall College campus.