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Grand opening for impressive new school

A stunning Wolverhampton school which benefited from a multi-million pound transformation to boost learning for young people has been officially opened this week.

The final phase of works for Wednesfield High School, in Lichfield Road, has been completed and was unveiled to the public yesterday (Thursday 9 May), as it was officially opened by Wolverhampton MP Emma Reynolds.

The event featured music from the Wednesfield School Choir, presentations, a tour of the school, public art.

Wednesfield High has benefited from £15million investment and was one of the seven schools that were part of the first phase of Wolverhampton's £270 million Building Schools for the Future Programme.

The first two phases of the school works were completed in September last year but yesterday's event marked the overall completion of the refurbishments.

The final phase saw the main teaching block, which will feature Maths, English and Food Technology, completed as well as the new community facilities such as the sports hall, multi-use games area, changing rooms and parking being opened to the public.

Other notable new features of the transformed school, which caters for around 900 pupils, was its brand new Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) block.

The STEM block provides necessary skills and learning for young people as they bid to earn apprenticeships and jobs in the future as Wolverhampton's engineering sector continues to grow.

This is one of four learning zones that have been designed in the new school. The others being Humanities, Modern Foreign Languages and English, Performance and Sport and Art, Business Studies, ICT and Media.

Claire Evans, Head teacher at Wednesfield High, said: "We are delighted with the completion of our amazing new school. All phases of the project are now complete and staff and students are able to realise the vision for transforming teaching and learning.

"We are excited about the future development of the school for the community and we are committed to delivering the best experience for our students.

"These new facilities are now the start of the journey for the school to provide the highest quality education for our young people. We will be eternally grateful for the opportunities that have been given to us through the delivery of this fantastic new school and look forward to the exciting times ahead."

Councillor Roger Lawrence, Leader of Wolverhampton City Council, said: "Since opening in September, pupils, teachers and the community have benefited from the superb new facilities at Wednesfield.

"When we set out on our BSF journey, our aim was to not just provide fantastic new buildings but to also raise the aspirations and achievements of the children and young people in the city.

"Wednesfield High School is an excellent example of how we are going about achieving that. Everyone connected with the school is rightfully proud of what they now have."

The BSF programme will see a total of 25 schools being either completely rebuilt or refurbished. All works are expected to be complete by September 2015.

  • released: Friday 10 May, 2013