Construction has started on Perry Barr’s brand new secondary school, which will provide places for 1260 pupils.
Prince Albert Community Trust held the groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday 30th January heralding the start of work on Prince Albert High School.
Students from Prince Albert Community Trust, staff, representatives from Birmingham City Council, Galliford Try and partners from across the city joined together to officially mark the beginning of construction on Perry Barr’s newest secondary school.
PA High will form part of the Prince Albert Community Trust, which currently oversees five primary schools in Birmingham. The school will be built across 4 acres and will provide 4,103sqm of teaching spaces including 32 traditional classrooms and 27 specialist learning spaces for subjects such as science, art, music, drama and technology.
A new four- court sports hall with changing facilities will also be connected to the main school building along with an outdoor floodlit multi- use games area (MUGA) which will provide shared sports facilities for the local community.
Perry Barr is benefiting from unprecedented levels of investment for the regeneration of housing, transport, public spaces, community assets and sports facilities. An ongoing regeneration scheme, which totals more than £500 million, comprises a fully integrated programme of works.
PA High is being delivered by the construction company Galliford Try, who joined the ceremony. Galliford Try were appointed by the Department for Education to deliver the new school.
Sajid Gulzar, CEO of the PACT, said: “This is a tremendous opportunity to provide a life-changing education for children in our community. We hope that the majority of our intake will be from our primary schools thus enabling us to educate our pupils from nursery through to A level. I would like to thank the parents and staff from our existing schools for their wonderful support for our new school. PA High will be innovative and high performing and will provide our young people with the best possible foundation for the future.”
Simon Burton, Managing Director for Galliford Try West Midlands, commented: “We are excited to be able to start work on what is such an important scheme for PACT and the children of the area. Galliford Try has a strong track record of delivering high-quality educational buildings and we look forward to working with all the stakeholders involved to ensure that Prince Albert High School is a facility we can all be proud of.”
The school plan to open its doors to pupils and staff in September 2021 and will be accepting applications for places in Year 7 from September 2020. For more information please visit the schools website www.pahigh.co.uk
The Department for Education (DfE) is funding the development of PA High, a new high school on Holford Drive, Perry Barr, Birmingham. The school will cater for 1,260 pupils in secondary school to sixth form. The school is forecast to open in 2021 and it will be fully occupied by 2027. The school will be part of the successful family of schools run by Prince Albert Community Trust.
Galliford Try has been selected by the DfE to deliver the new school. Galliford Try is a national contractor with lots of experience of building schools.
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In 2016 Prince Albert Community Trust submitted an application to the Department for Education for a brand new 11-18 secondary free school. This was to help address the growing need for secondary school places in Birmingham and also to offer a 3-18 education pathway for our existing primary pupils. The application was approved by the DFE in 2017 and so the PA High journey began.
Originally due to open in September 2019 there has been extensive consideration about the location of the site over recent years. However we are now delighted to announce that the proposed location for PA High is off Holford Drive, Perry Barr near to the site that will be used for the Athletes’ Village during the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
Perry Barr will play an important role in facilitating the games, with the development of a new Athletes’ Village on the former Birmingham City University ‘City North Campus’ and redevelopment of Alexander Stadium. Perry Barr will see significant investment and growth supported by a range of transport and infrastructure improvements. PA High will sit at the heart of these re developments providing a real legacy for the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
Sajid Gulzar, Chief Executive of PACT said: “We are delighted to announce the location of PA High and we are hugely excited at the prospect of working with Birmingham’s children and families throughout their secondary education.”
PACT are working closely with Birmingham City Council and the DFE to achieve an opening date of September 2021 for a Year 7 cohort. The school intake will then grow organically until it reaches its capacity of 1260 students, which will include a sixth form.
PA High has gained extensive support from a number of partners across the city including The King Edwards Foundation, Shireland Collegiate Academy and the Holford Drive Community Sports Hub (HDCSH). Our collaborative work will ensure that PA High provides a high quality and fully rounded secondary education.
Heath Monk, Chief Executive of the King Edwards foundation which runs a number of grammar schools in the city, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for the foundation to work alongside the PACT to further realise our mission of raising aspirations to transform the lives of young people from all backgrounds.”
Lincoln Moses MBE, Chief Executive of HDCSH, said: “The PACT is an effective and supportive stakeholder of the Holford Drive Community Sports Hub. The new PA High adventure will play a significant role in helping HDCSH to an even higher level of local engagement which will change the DNA of the local community.”
We are very clear about our aims for PA High, for it to be amongst the best schools in the country with the highest of aspirations and expectations for the pupils.
We are extremely pleased and excited to announce that Prince Albert High School, a brand new 11-19 free school has been approved by the Department for Education. Read the full story as reported by Schools Week and see a full list of 111 new free schools which were approved. You can find out more details about Prince Albert High School by visiting www.pahigh.co.uk. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support.