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The Secretary of State for Education has now formally approved the Funding Agreement for The Mirus Academy, which is set to be the first all-through Academy in the Black Country.

At a recent readiness for opening meeting, the Department for Education judged the Academy project to be on track for a successful opening and complimented the Principal Designate and Sponsor on their exciting vision to transform the education offer in the local community.

Hatherton Primary School and Frank F Harrison Engineering College in Walsall will officially become The Mirus Academy in January 2012.

Sponsored by Walsall College and with the full backing of Walsall Council, the ground breaking Academy will provide high quality educational provision to pupils from early years, through to further and higher education.

Pupils will range from 3 to 18 years old and, through its specialism of Creative Industries, the Academy is set to provide a dynamic curriculum which will bring about the highest possible levels of achievement for children and young people.

The Mirus Academy will give pupils the confidence, creativity and courage to succeed with their ambitions and learning goals. As pupils grow and develop through the Academy their aspirations, without boundaries, will be encouraged and supported.

The Academy will open to staff for training and preparation on Tuesday 3rd January and pupils are set to attend on Monday 9th January 2012.

Principal of The Mirus Academy, Jacqui Grace said: “It is a wonderfully exciting challenge to create a new Academy for all ages in our community. Through our specialism of Creative Industries, we will offer a dynamic approach to learning, the curriculum and inspire everyone in our community to be part of The Mirus Academy’s ambitions.”

Jat Sharma, Principal and Chief Executive of Walsall College, sponsor of the Mirus Academy, said: “We are delighted to be involved in bringing the first all-through academy to the Black Country. In line with our commitment to create Walsall College Graduates through the skills of learning and enterprise, The Mirus Academy also aims to empower pupils to enjoy, develop and sustain a thirst for learning on their route to future success”.

Cabinet member for children’s services in Walsall, Councillor Rachel Andrew said: “The Mirus Academy provides a great opportunity to improve attainment and I’m certain the consistency this exciting new provision will create, will also help raise children’s aspirations.”


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