The Department for Education has approved an application from the Church of England to build an academy school in Yardley Wood.

The academy which is now in a “pre-opening phase” plans to open in September 2019, although an exact location of the school is yet to be confirmed.

The announcement comes just weeks after the Department for Education announced the closure of Baverstock Academy in Druids Heath, which is now part of a police fraud investigation.

Christ Church C of E Secondary Academy will be open to pupils aged between 11 and 19 and will admit up to 180 students to Year 7 each year, eventually accommodating 900 students plus a sixth form.

The school will form part of the Birmingham Diocesan Academies Trust which is being established by Birmingham Diocesan Board of Education and will have an open admissions policy that welcomes young people and their families from all faith backgrounds and none.

Sarah Smith, Director of Education of Birmingham Diocesan Board of Education said “We are excited about being able to provide a new opportunity for the diverse communities in and around Yardley Wood. Every pupil will be supported in achieving their personal best, both academically and holistically as young members of the community. An inclusive Christian ethos affirms all pupils, including those of other faiths and none.”

We’ll report on any updates about the school but for now, at least we’ll wait to see when and where they plan on building it.