A former pupil of Broad Heath School who helped
build its replacement went back to officially open the new facilities
Jeff Adams, managing director of Try
Construction, joined the mayor, staff and pupils to formally open the
buildings, off Stoney Stanton Road, this morning.
Construction started in May 1999, and was
complete 10 months later. Pupils moved in after Easter, and the
official opening was held today with a special assembly.
Mr Adams, 51, said:
“I was born down the road in Brooklyn Road
and so this is a special project to me. I am a Coventry Kid and I
was born in sight of the Courtaulds Clock.
“My firm tendered and won the contract, so it
was interesting for me to be involved. We finished on time and
handed the project over on time.
left Broad Street when I was 11. It was certainly very boisterous at
school and I remember playing rugby and cricket by the pub that is
now Fatty Arbuckles.”
Try Construction bought 250 sweatshirts for the
pupils. The oldest children, who leave at the end of term in two
weeks, were given a maths set and dictionary.
Pupils have moved from the city’s oldest to
newest school, which is on an adjoining site and close to where pupils
used to play sports, so they no long have to cross busy roads to get
The old school in Broad Street was used for 90
years. The new £1.2 million complex is smaller than the older
buildings and is part of the drive to cut surplus school places in
Coventry. It has a new IT suite.
Broad Heath headteacher Ian Moorhouse said of the
move to the new school site, which took place 10 weeks ago:
“Both staff and pupils really like the new
and modern school building – being based here has already made
learning and teaching much more of pleasure for everyone.
“I’m also very pleased with the
internet-linked IT suite, which will take us forward into the future
The only glitch today was the non-arrival of the
plaque, so the Mr Adam and Cllr Sheila Collins had to make do with a
temporary sign on the site reserved for the new plaque, now scheduled
to arrive next week.
It is likely the foundation stone from the Broad
Street site will be moved to the new home of Broad Street RFC, which
is relocating from one side of the A46 bypass to the other at Binley.