Bishop Wilson Church of England Primary School

Official Opening of Bishop Wilson

The new £10m Bishop Wilson CofE Primary School was officially opened on July 2nd 2014 by the Right Reverend David Urquhart, the Bishop of Birmingham, and the Mayor of Solihull, Councillor Kate Wild with a ceremonial cutting of the ribbon.

It is the fourth brand new primary in the north of the borough, joining Kingshurst, Smith's Wood and St Anne's Catholic primaries.It not only provides education for local 3-11 year olds but is also at the heart of the Chelmund's Cross community, as it includes a brand new St Andrew's Church, an adult learning centre, community space and health facilities.

The school opened for pupils last September.  The formal opening provided an opportunity for parents, local community, councillor and other VIPs to see the new school and grounds for the first time.

Events held on the day included members of Bishop Wilson's family unveiling a newly hung portrait of the eponymous Bishop; the Mayor burying a school time capsule; Glynn Purnell, who grew up in the area, went to the school and is the renowned owner of the Michelin star restaurant Purnell's in Birmingham, judged the 'Decorate a cupcake' competition and finally a family disco and picnic was held in the afternoon.  

Bishop Wilson local radio interviewed many of the VIPs and broadcast throughout the morning and afternoon. 

Mayor of Solihull, Councillor Kate Wild, said:  "The new Bishop Wilson School is a delight and I had a wonderful time meeting the pupils and staff.  The School is an important part of the development of Chelmund's Cross and will hopefully give local children a brilliant start in life.  I am very excited about the opportunities the School can give its pupils and hope that they thoroughly enjoy their time here."

Jon Kirk, Headteacher:  "I'm sure everyone will agree that we have a wonderful new school. The staff and pupils alike have embraced the change and we are really enjoying our new school. We are a small part of over £60m worth of investment by the Council and North Solihull Partnership in the North's schools and we are grateful for all the hard work of the architects, builders and our school community that went into delivering a wonderful place of learning."