25/05/2017

Latest Sunesis school delights from day one

This spring, we hosted a special preview event for almost 200 pupils at Sacred Heart Primary School, serving them lunch and hosting tours around their new school building, prior to its opening in April.

The new 15 classroom school replaces the existing Sacred Heart school, to meet the growing demand for primary places in Sandwell and has transformed it into a two-form entry school.

There has been a 26 per cent increase in the birth rate in Sandwell and higher than normal movement into the area, so it’s crucial we ensure that every child has a school place and a great education,

– Sue Moore, Group Head for Education Support Services at Sandwell Council.

“We’re thrilled with our new Sunesis school, it was built incredibly quickly and to a fantastic standard – the children’s eyes lit up and you could hear them saying ‘wow’ when they walked through the doors,” Sue continued.

Commissioned by Sandwell Futures, a joint partnership between Sandwell Council and Interserve, the new school now offers 420 primary places and 52 nursery places.

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The new building means so much more to us than extra school places, the way the building is designed means we can better meet the needs of our pupils; whether that be children with special educational needs, mobility needs or even dietary requirements thanks to our brand new kitchen. Having extra space also means we can better support the community with family learning, such as additional English lessons for parents and pupils.

– Mrs Gee, Head Teacher, Sacred Heart School

Head girl at Sacred Heart, 11-year-old Amara said: “Our previous school was a bit cramped, but this new school is great, it has an extra big hall and is very spacious. It’s colourful and I look forward to coming to school.

Seeing the positive reactions from the children and teachers was brilliant and it’s great to know that the work we do is having such a positive impact on local children and the community.

– Tim Carey, Product Director for Sunesis

The team behind Sunesis have delivered over 18,000 school places to date. 

The Sunesis approach has been adopted throughout the UK and is proven to significantly reduce the risk, time and cost involved in delivering new schools, without compromising on the high-quality spaces that your community deserves.

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