A primary school, almost bulldozed to make way for new housing, is to be fully reopened to meet demand for school places in the wake of Birmingham’s recent baby boom.
A planning application to fully reinstate the Bierton Road School in South Yardley and open its doors to 420 pupils will be considered by councillors on Thursday.
Proposals include the demolition of an out-of-date gym, new front and rear entrances and a full refurbishment to see the 1920s built Grade II listed school restored. The school’s derelict kitchen, once converted into an office, will also be fully refurbished.
A council education spokeswoman said: “Due to the increasing birth rate and net migration into the city we need to provide additional school places, with up to ten extra forms, or 2,100 additional places, for 2015 provided through permanent expansion.
“Clearly we need to look at a range of options and have an on-going expansion programme in order to meet our obligations. Bierton Road is already providing places for 120 pupils and this expansion would provide a primary school for more than 400 pupils.”
The school closed in 1985 and was, for more than 25 years, used as council offices. It was earmarked for sale and in 2011 permission was given to demolish the school and build 52 houses.
But within a year the building was handed back to the education department and a small part of the building was put back into use for approximately 120 pupils as an emergency measure. Now the school is being fully and permanently restored.
Council planners are expected to give the go ahead for the reinstatement and their decision will need to be rubber-stamped by the Government.
In a report to committee planning officer Justin Howell said: “I consider that the proposals would provide improved facilities for the existing and future school and would be consistent with both national and local planning policy.”