A number of schools across Wolverhampton are receiving substantial investment to expand in order to allow them to welcome more pupils.

Four schools are being permanently expanded to meet rising demand for places, including St Bartholomew’s CE Primary School, Hill Avenue Academy, Moreton School and St Edmund's Catholic Academy. In total, 710 additional places will be created in the four schools.

Councillor Dr Michael Hardacre, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and Work, said: "We know that the environment in which children learn can make a big difference to their education and over the last 15 years or so we have invested hundreds of millions of pounds in the redevelopment and refurbishment of much of Wolverhampton’s school estate, primarily through the Building Schools for the Future programme.

"It's very good news that a number of local schools are receiving fresh investment to expand their numbers which I know will be much welcomed by pupils and staff alike.”

St Bartholomew's Headteacher Rachael Kilmister said: "We are incredibly excited about the building of our three new Early Years Foundation Stage classrooms. 

"The extra space has enabled us to expand our school, offering 15 additional places per year group moving forward.

"Access to outdoor learning, which is so important for our pupils, will be significantly enhanced and the modern, purpose-built, specifically designed indoor provision will provide a wonderful learning environment for our early years children."

Katy Kent, CEO of the St Bartholomew’s CE Multi Academy Trust, added: "We are so pleased about the new building at St Bartholomew’s, as this expansion means that more children can become part of the St Bart’s family and thus benefit from the excellent teaching and wonderful nurturing environment already in place at the school.”