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West Midlands academy brought into 21st century

Moorgate Primary Academy has been rebuilt through government's flagship £4.4 billion school rebuilding programme

Posted by Stephanie Broad | September 30, 2015 | Facilities & buildings

Pupils have swapped their Victorian-era building for a modern replacement thanks to a government rebuilding programme. 

Moorgate Primary Academy is the first of eight schools to reopen in the West Midlands through the £4.4 billion priority school building programme (PSBP), which is transforming some of the most run-down schools in the country.

As a result of £3.6 million worth of construction, the school’s old buildings have been replaced with a two-storey building with bright new classrooms and modern features, including an energy-efficient automatic ventilation system. A dance studio is also included, which will be available to the public. 

Schools Minister, Lord Nash, said: “Through the priority school building programme we are investing in school buildings across the country to transform the learning environment for tens of thousands of pupils and their teachers while delivering value for money for the taxpayer. 

“The reopening of Moorgate Primary Academy marks a key milestone for the programme in the West Midlands, and these new school buildings will provide modern, fit-for-purpose facilities for pupils and staff for many years to come.

As part of this government’s commitment to social justice, we want all children, regardless of background, to learn in high-quality schools which will give them the best possible chance to unlock their potential.” 

Jonathan Williams, Headteacher of Moorgate Primary Academy, said: “We are delighted with our new building, which is a modern 21st century facility, and different in every way from our old Victorian building. We now have all sorts of mod cons, from an automatic mechanical ventilation system to a school bell beeper system, and the children were able to see the construction work from the playground of the old school, which was very exciting and involving for them.

Since we moved into the new building, everyone - the pupils, the staff and the parents - have just been walking a bit taller. We are all extremely proud. 

“The construction team working on the school created a building that was modern but also in keeping with the conservation area in Tamworth. They also overcame the engineering challenges of building near the west coast mainline railway. 

A total of 537 schools will benefit from construction through the 2 phases of the PSBP

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