The North Solihull Primary School Programme

Regenerating North Solihull is not just about building new houses.  It is helping to fund brand new primary schools across Smith's Wood, Kingshurst & Fordbridge and Chelmsley Wood. Significant progress continues to be made with the transformation of the primary schools in North Solihull. The plan is to replace 15 Junior and Infant schools with 10 newly built or remodelled primary schools which will include 'fully integrated' extended services for children and young families across the community.

The North Solihull Partnership is overseeing the delivery of this programme alongside and on behalf of Solihull Council. As such the challenge of improving the education of children across the community is at the heart of one of the most significant and innovative regeneration projects in England.

The North Solihull Partnership has delivered six brand new primary schools so far: Kingshurst, Smith's Wood Community Primary, St Anne's Catholic Primary, Bishop Wilson Church of England, Fordbridge and Coleshill Heath.  A seventh new school (Yorkswood) is now under development and will be completed during 2019.  Three further schools have undergone extensive remodelling.

Equally the wider regeneration of the North Solihull area in relation to education and children's services is also making a difference.  The Council's Building Schools for the Future Programme, which was part of the Government's first wave of funding for secondary schools is now complete including the rebuilding of Oaklands Special School,  John Henry Newman Catholic College, Smiths Wood Sports College and Park Hall Academy. Together with a special school built (Forest Oak and Merstone) with BSF Pathfinder funding and the earlier construction of a brand new Academy (GraceAcademy) the whole of the secondary estate has been rebuilt and/or transformed and the BSF schemes alone represent a further £100m investment in the area.

The latest new schools opened in September 2015. Fordbridge and Coleshill Heath Primary Schools are attended by up to 1100 primary age pupils who now benefit from being taught in these schools.  The schools have been designed with the future in mind, in a context that has flexibility built in to ensure that teaching practices can be adapted to the needs of pupils in an ever changing curriculum.

New Primary Schools


Schools News

6th March 2019

Progress on Seventh Brand New Primary School in North Solihull

Work is almost complete on a brand new replacement school at Yorkswood Primary in Kingshurst, the seventh primary school to be rebuilt in North Solihull in the last decade. The new build, along with three recently remodelled primary schools, marks the completion of the Council’s North Solihull Primary Programme. In total, over £60m will have been spent improving every single primary school in the North Solihull Regeneration Area benefitting over 4,000 children.
30th April 2018

Work to Start on Seventh Brand New Primary School in North Solihull

Work is due to start on a brand new replacement school at Yorkswood Primary in Kingshurst this spring, the seventh primary school to be rebuilt in north Solihull in the last decade.
8th September 2015

Two New Schools Open in Chelmsley Wood

Two new schools opened this week, heralding an exciting new era for education in Chelmsley Wood.
9th September 2013
Bishop Wilson Primary School official opening, Councillor Courts and Meeson

New Bishop Wilson School opens

The new £10m Bishop Wilson Church of England Primary School threw open its doors for the first time on Friday 6th September 2013. The school is the latest addition to the North Solihull School improvement programme as well as forming a key element in the North Solihull Partnership's social and economic regeneration of Chelmund's Cross Village Centre