Prince Albert High School will be on a four acre site in Perry Barr next to the athletes’ village being created for the Commonwealth Games
Prince Albert High School in Perry Barr will provide places for 1,260 pupils across 4,103sqm of teaching spaces for children aged 11 up to sixth form.
The whole site will cover four acres and will boast a four-court sports hall and outdoor floodlit multi-use games area which will also be open for the local community to use. It will be next to the athletes’ village being created for the Commonwealth Games.
There will be 32 traditional classrooms and 27 specialist learning spaces for subjects such as science, art, music, drama and technology.
It will form part of Prince Albert Community Trust multi-school academy, which includes Prince Albert Junior and Infant in Aston, Birchfield Community, Highfield in Saltey and Heathfield in Lozells, which is one of the UK’s best primary schools.
“This is a tremendous opportunity to provide a life-changing education for children in our community,” said Sajid Gulzar, CEO of the Prince Albert Community Trust.
“We hope that the majority of our intake will be from our primary schools thus enabling us to educate our pupils from nursery through to A level.”
He added: “I would like to thank the parents and staff from our existing schools for their wonderful support for our new school.
“PA High will be innovative and high performing and will provide our young people with the best possible foundation for the future.”
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The school plans to open its doors to pupils and staff in September 2021 and will be accepting applications for places in Year 7 from September 2020.
Investment totalling more than £500 million is being poured into regenerating housing, transport, public spaces, community assets and sports facilities in Perry Barr in the lead up to the Commonwealth Games.
Prince Albert Community Trust (PACT) held a ceremony with students, staff, Birmingham City Council representatives on Thursday January 30 to mark the start of construction work at the new school.
Construction company Galliford Try was also at the launch event as it has been appointed by the Department for Education to deliver the new school.
Simon Burton, managing director for Galliford Try West Midlands, said: “We are excited to be able to start work on what is such an important scheme for PACT and the children of the area.
“Galliford Try has a strong track record of delivering high-quality educational buildings and we look forward to working with all the stakeholders involved to ensure that Prince Albert High School is a facility we can all be proud of.”
Source: Birmingham Live