Brandhall


Brandhall

Brandhall is a suburb of Oldbury in the south-west of Sandwell near the borders with Birmingham and Halesowen in the West Midlands. The development of the area commenced during the 1930s with the construction of several hundred private houses along the Hagley Road and Wolverhampton Road, as well as several side roads leading off the main dual carriageways. However, most of Brandhall was developed in the 1950s and 1960s, when several thousand council houses, flats and bungalows were built by Oldbury Council. Some of the high-rise flats in Brandhall have recently been demolished and in their place housing associations have built new low-rise homes. Brandhall is growing to be a more popular place and more facilities are being built, such as a local supermarket and a doctor's surgery.

Brandhall (along with the rest of the Oldbury borough, and the neighbouring boroughs of Smethwick and Rowley Regis) became part of the County Borough of Warley in 1966, but this arrangement lasted just eight years until Warley merged with West Bromwich to form Sandwell Metropolitan Borough in 1974.

Brandhall is home to two primary schools, Perryfields Primary School and Brandhall Primary School.

A secondary school, Perryfields High School, also serves the estate, and is situated in the west of the area near the border with Halesowen. It has served the local community since the 1950s, first as a secondary modern school and now as a comprehensive school with Mathematics and Computing College status, providing education for boys and girls between the ages of 11 and 16. The current headteacher is Mr. Dai Meredith.

In 2007, it was the second highest ranking secondary school in Sandwell, with 48% of pupils gaining 5 or more GCSEs at grade C or above. [1]

The school won the Diana Princess of Wales Anti-Bullying Award for it's policy on tackling bullying.


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