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Headteachers plead for new school building scheme to be sped up as they face decade-long wait

Two headteachers are pleading with the Government to speed up the brand new school building promised to them in 2022.

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Baxter College principal Matthew Carpenter

Despite a successful bid to the Department of Education, the multi-million pound state-of-the-art education facility and sports hall will not be completed until 2032.

Baxter College's promised new buildings will replace the former St John's Middle School, creating much needed new facilities and give disabled pupils at Wyre Forest School a vital new outdoor space.

When the announcement was made in December 2022, executive principal Matthew Carpenter said it was like “winning the World Cup” and Wyre Forest School headteacher Rebecca Garratt was also overjoyed.

However, elation has turned to despair with news that the new build is in the programme’s third phase, with the planning stage not due to start until at least April 2025 and will take five to seven years to complete.