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New secondary school set to open its doors in Sandwell

01/08/2016 Joanna

Sandwell in the East Midlands is set to see its first new secondary school in ten years open its doors in September.

Based at the former Langley High School site on Moat Road, the new Q3 Academy Langley will welcome 153 Year 7 pupils in September, and will eventually accommodate more than 1,500 students between the ages of 11 and 18.

Sandwell Council has been responsible for building the new school, which has been sponsored by Eric Payne, who also sponsors the Q3 Academy in Great Barr.

Council leader Steve Eling said: "We’re committed to providing more secondary school places in Sandwell to meet increasing demands, and this will be a fantastic addition to education in the area. This also shows how local authorities are best placed to deliver new school buildings quickly to meet the rising demand for places."

The school held a four-day event with the new students in July, which saw them visiting the site, as well as taking part in team-building activities.

Construction of the second phase of the school will begin in late 2017, which will see the new school developing the highest-quality educational facilities.

Speaking of the project, Mr Payne said: "The new, purpose-built school will provide a wonderful environment for learning and our vision for the future has already proven popular with parents and children."

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