A RUNDOWN junior school in Frankley is to be demolished and replaced.
Reaside Academy was declared unfit for purpose by the Government as it was too expensive to run.
The new building will be constructed on a playground, grassed area and staff car park so the school’s 240 students can continue to attend the existing one. It is estimated it will take 12 months to complete.
Once the work has been completed, the pupils will then be able to move to the new ‘L-shaped’ school which will be half the size of the current building.
Despite the decrease in size, the school will remain a two-form entry and will be able to accommodate the same number of pupils it has at the moment.
Reassurances have also been given that current staff levels – of around 30 full-time and 30 part-time workers – will stay.
The application to build the new school and bulldoze the previous one was given the green light by Birmingham City Council last Thursday.