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City Primary School Closures

Coventry City Council meets on 24 May to debate and decide on recommendations that are designed to strip out 2,000 surplus places in primary schools by the year 2005.

Twelve schools are affected, but the plans for some will depend on funding. Six will close or amalgamate and pupil capacity will be reduced in six others.

St Anne's RC Primary School in Willenhall, which was initially scheduled for closure to be absorbed into Corpus Christi RC, also in Willenhall, has been reprieved to the delight of the staff, pupils and parents.

Plans have also been shelved to relocate Cheylesmore Community Centre to the site of Howes Primary School and Henley Green Community Centre to Annie Osborn Primary.

If the city council accepts the recommendations of its education department, work will start as soon as possible on six projects.

A new 315 place school will be built at Wood End to absorb Eburne Primary and Wood End Primary which would cease to exist as separate schools.

A 210 place school will be built on the site of the Annie Osborn Primary in Wyken Croft, Wyken to replace the existing school.

Downsizing will take place at St Patrick's RC Primary in Wood End from 290 to 210 places.

Stanton Bridge Primary in Oliver Street, Foleshill will be reduced in size to a 315 place school plus nursery, St Augustine's RC Primary in Heathcote Street, Radford to a 315 place school plus nursery and Limbrick Wood Primary, Bush Close, Tile Hill to 210 places based in the existing junior school.

The following recommendations depend on Government funding:

  • a new school on land in Mitchell Avenue, Canley to absorb Alderman Harris Primary and Sir Henry Parkes Primary.

  • St Mary's RC Primary to be absorbed into St Benedict's in Hillfields.

  • Remodelling of Southfields Primary, East Street, Hillfields.

  • Remodelling or rebuilding to downsize Howes Primary in Cheylesmore to a 210 place school.

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