Bilston CE Primary School's new accommodation was officially opened at a celebration event on Friday (7 November, 2014).

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The school has expanded from 210 pupils to 315 to cope with demand for places, with the work carried out as part of Wolverhampton City Council's Primary School Expansion Programme.

It has seen the addition of 4 new classrooms, as well as toilet facilities and breakout space and improvements to the playground and car park.

The school has already filled its new places, and a further expansion to meet the projected growth in pupil numbers across Wolverhampton is proposed next year to bring the total number of pupils there to 420.

Bilston CE Primary's extended accommodation was officially opened by The Right Reverend Clive Gregory, Bishop of Wolverhampton. Visitors enjoyed a tour of the new facilities and were entertained by the school choir and orchestra who performed a number of hymns and songs.

Headteacher Gary Gentle said: "Children, staff and governors of the school are delighted with the improved accommodation and facilities which we now enjoy.

"It will help in our aim to improve academic standards for all our children and provide the best possible education we can.

"As a faith school, serving a multi-cultural community, we take pride in promoting values which we feel prepare our children to live in modern day Britain."

He added: "The governors were delighted to welcome The Right Reverend Clive Gregory, Bishop of Wolverhampton, to open our new school buildings."

Councillor Phil Page, Wolverhampton City Council's Cabinet Member for Schools, Skills and Learning, said: "This is an excellent scheme and I am delighted that pupils and teachers at Bilston CE Primary are enjoying their new facilities.

"We are working hard to provide the best possible learning environments for our young people - learning environments which both meet the requirements of pupils and teachers and also enable us to ensure that we have sufficient spaces for a growing pupil population.

"Over the last few years, we've invested in primary and secondary schools through our Primary Capital Programme, Primary Expansion Programme and Building Schools for the Future schemes, and these have created state-of-the-art facilities right across the city."

Bilston CE Primary School, on Albany Crescent, was originally opened in 1970 by the then Bishop of Lichfield, Dr Stretton-Reeve.

  • released: Thursday 13 November, 2014