First pupils start lessons at Five Spires Academy School in Lichfield

Pupils have been starting lessons at a new £2.5million primary school in Lichfield.

The Five Spires Academy has opened on Cherry Orchard.

The former adult training centre has been refurbished and extended to create spaces for 210 pupils.

There had been local opposition from neighbouring schools, leading to some changes to the plans for the school.

Concerns were also raised from local residents over increased congestion around Cherry Orchard, which already houses two primary schools.

But Cllr Ben Adams, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet member for learning and skills said the new facility was needed to meet local needs.

“We want to ensure every child in Staffordshire has the opportunity to access outstanding education, and this also means ensuring there are enough primary school places in the area to cope with demand.

“Demand for places has risen in this area of Lichfield, so it is essential we work quickly to ensure there is enough space and choice for local children.

“We have acted now to ensure pupils and parents in Lichfield have access to a high quality education, and have a choice in which school they wish to attend.

“It is really great to see pupils enjoying their first week in a brand new school, and I am sure Five Spires will go from strength to strength over the coming years.”

The new school is sponsored by the REAch2 Academy Trust, and is welcoming reception pupils during its first year.

Headteacher Helen Bye said: “It will be fantastic to become part of the community and strengthen relationships with our parents and neighbours. This is the start of an exciting journey for us all.”

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