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Students and staff at the new Mirus Academy celebrated the school’s official opening with a balloon launch on Wednesday 11th January. Over 200 balloons were released into the sky, each carrying a personal message from students about their dreams for the future in the Mirus Academy.

Formerly Hatherton Primary School and Frank F Harrison Engineering College, The Mirus Academy is the first all-through Academy in the Black Country, and will provide high quality educational provision to pupils from early years, through to further and higher education.

The Academy is sponsored by Walsall College, with the full backing of Walsall Council and its pupils will range from 3 to 18 years old. 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.

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 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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