I’ve reported before on the fantastic £9.5 million new Colebourne and Beaufort School, which I helped open with Schools Secretary Ed Balls on Monday. My video report is now online on LiamTV. The even better news? We have won some £40 million from the Education Secretary to rebuild more schools for our young people across the constituency. Our campaign to make Hodge Hill the best place in Birmingham to be a young person is starting to pay off. So when the leaflets asking your support come through your door – please keep filling them in!
The Birmingham Mail has news today of a £40 million breakthrough in our campaign for 1,000 extra school places in inner city Birmingham. http://tinyurl.com/km84cs. I lobbied Ed on the need for extra places by bringing him to Bordesley Green to see the pressure on places for himself. Now, Ed has given the green light to £40 million more for local schools. We’re big winners. We’re now destined to have a new primary school in Bordesley Green in 2011/12 plus extra places at Thornton, Greet and Regents Park, with an additional 210 each, George Dixon with 105, and Hodge Hill, 91.
Last week, I got the fantastic news that Leigh Road Primary School became the highest achieving primary school in the city – and entered the top 5% nationally; what an incredible result.
I’ve had the pleasure of visiting the school a couple of times – I’m campaigning for better parking control outside and a bigger playground at the back – but I know the secret of its success. A fantastic head – Mrs Julie Davies – and her team, and a marvelous chair of governors, Mohammed Aiklaq.
The school has a special place in our constituency because I believe it was the first to be built by the city council (in 1909) in the district, after the both the Urban District of Saltley and the Hamlet of Little Bromwich joined the City of Birmingham in 1891. Well done all!