Harborne school update – junior school to relocate

By on 06/05/2011 in News

Junior pupils at Harborne Primary School are to relocate to Harborne Hall following the recent fire.

The pupils in year 3, 4 and 5 will return to lessons on Tuesday 10th May at 9.15am. Infant pupils returned to the school this morning, whilst year six pupils are to begin classes at 1.30pm today at the Martineu Centre on Balden Road.

An open session will be held on Tuesday to allow parents to see the temporary classrooms, which are likely to be used by the junior children for at least the next six months. This will take place between 9.15am and 10am. Parents can also visit when they collect their children at 3.45pm, up until 5pm.

Start and finish times are staggered to allow parents with siblings at different sites to collect their children.

All children are reminded to bring a pencil case containing basic equipment such as pens, pencils, a ruler and eraser, as some stock has been recovered but many of the schools items were damaged during the fire.

Children at the infant school have been asked to bring a packed lunch as the canteen will not be operating until Monday 9th May, and junior school pupils are asked to bring a packed lunch for the first week until a routine for hot meals has been established.

The cloakrooms have now been cleared as much as possible, and parents are asked to collect items from the bicycle shed area in the infant school playground as soon as they can.

The school has worked closely with Birmingham City Council to secure suitable long term accommodation for the children. Harborne Hall has been chosen as it has sufficient facilities to host all 12 junior classes. The site has a canteen, extensive grounds, conference rooms and a large hall.

Mark Slater, headteacher at Harborne Primary School said: “Our wish has always been to keep the children together in one place and we believe this is a very good location with facilities which will meet our current needs.

“I would like to thank all parents and members of our community for their best wishes and support. We hope you will now work with us to help us establish this new location as a new Harborne Primary (junior) School until the rebuilding has been completed. We believe this could take 12 to 18 months so we are in this for the long term. Changes will take place as we develop new systems so please bear with us in the short term.

“We are looking to get the children back in school and to establish normality as soon as we can and we know you will support us in this task.”

Harborne Hall is located on the junction between Grove Lane and Old Church Road off Harborne Park Road, behind Grove Park, near to St. Peter's School. Parents are asked not to drive cars through the main gates onto the Harborne Hall site, but to park on Grove Lane or Old Saints Road, or alternatively park and ride.


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  1. tomfrommod@gmail.com says:

    Birmingham News Room and you can’t even spell Harborne right? Twice!

    That’s shocking

    • DeborahH says:

      Apologies, thanks for pointing it out, corrections made – the press office was a bit hairy today post local election count, pre-referendum count and with one or two other stories running.