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Bishop Vesey's Grammar School, Sutton Coldfield

West Midlands parents paying tens of thousands to be near top state schools

Families living in the postal district of Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School in Sutton Coldfield are forking out 79 per cent more for their property than the county average

Boarded up shops in Lichfield Road, Mere Green, which are set to be redeveloped

Developers lining up for stalled Mere Green scheme

Progress finally being made on long-awaited retail development in upmarket city suburb

University of Birmingham

University of Birmingham to host South Africa during 2015 Rugby World Cup

Sutton Coldfield RFC also chosen as a base by tournament organisers and will welcome Romania and Somoa

City Archaeologist Dr Mike Hodder who is retiring.

Birmingham's official archaeologist Dr Mike Hodder rewrote the city's history

As Birmingham's official archaeologist, Dr Mike Hodder made significant discoveries about the city's Stone Age and Roman past. Neil Elkes spoke to him as he left the council after 20 years in his post.

Birmingham ice Skater John Curry during his gold medal-winning performance at the 1976 Winter Olympics.

The extraordinary rise and fall of Birmingham's Olympic champion ice skater

A new book lifts the lid on the extraordinary rise and fall of Birmingham's Olympic champion ice skater. Graham Young reports.

Housing market

Mike Best: Birmingham will need friendly neighbours if we are to meet our housing needs

The Local Enterprise Partnership is creating a plan for growth, but neighbouring towns will have to be involved.

Brendan Lynch with winner of the third series of Great British Bake Off John Waite, Paul Hollywood, Mary Berry and James Morton.

Life after the challenge of TV's Great British Bake Off

As Great British Bake Off returned to our screens this week, Roz Laws chats to the former Midland contestants to find out how the TV show has changed their lives

Thin Cats taking on big banks after lending £70m in three years

SME warns banks not to ignore peer-to-peer lending and new generation of access to finance for growing companies

Harborne's Moor Pool

A new chance to create a modern garden suburb

Birmingham is getting bigger because it is a successful and popular city where people want to live

Hunters Group merges with namesake to broaden reach

West Midlands estate agency joins Hunters Property Group and targets 500 branches in five years

Barry Henley

Labour councillors push through controversial Conservative club scheme

Watford-based Gracewell care homes plans to demolish a building in Jockey Road for a new home

Birmingham City Council

Planners back Sutton Conservative Club demolition

Gracewell Healthcare to build its second care home in Birmingham with 65-bedroom unit and pavilion

Little Aston Golf Club

Huge bill as storm floods bunkers at Little Aston Golf Club

Six-figure clean-up cost as downpour ruins sand at one of city's best clubs

Sutton Coldfield town centre

Planners poised to back Sutton Conservative Club demolition

Gracewell Healthcare hopes to build second care home in Birmingham as Conservative club looks to downsize

The old Sutton Coldfield Council House

Sutton Coldfield apartment comes with real royal throne room

Former council house development will feature toilet built especially for the Queen in the 1950s

Wardens powerless across limited time parking areas

Parking wardens have been unable to ticket motorists in limited time stop areas due to malfunctioning handheld computers

Judas Priest - bassist Ian Hill, drummer Scott Travis, singer Rob Halford and guitarists Richie Faulkner and Glen Tipton

Unbreakable metal that was forged in the Black Country

They are one of the most influential heavy metal bands to come out of the Midlands and now 40 years on, Judas Priest are still rocking. Sarah Probert reports

Sutton Coldfield

Loyalty card scheme to boost town's high street

A new loyalty card has been launched in Sutton Coldfield as retailers combat tough times for the high street.

Pool Hall in Bulls Lane, Wishaw, near Sutton Coldfield.

Home of the week: £4m Pool Hall in Wishaw, Sutton Coldfield

A dramatically different extension enhances the features of this Victorian country house in stunning style, writes Alison Jones

Eiffel Tower in Paris

Local politicians glance across the Channel for the next 'grande idée'

Compared to a hotel bed tax, TBIDs sounded more enterprising, in both senses, and, as is being demonstrated, far more likely to happen.

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