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The Phoenix Collegiate

The Phoenix Collegiate is a foundation secondary school and sixth form located in the Hateley Heath area of West Bromwich, a town in the West Midlands of England. The school was formed in September 2010 from the merger of Menzies High School and Manor High School, both located in the metropolitan borough of Sandwell. Originally operating from both former school sites, the Phoenix Collegiate has been based entirely at the former Menzies High School site in Clarke's Lane, West Bromwich. This follows the closure of the former Manor High School buildings on the Friar Park estate in Wednesbury due to asbestos.

The Phoenix Collegiate
Clarkes Lane

West Bromwich
West Midlands
B71 2BX

Coordinates52°32′19″N 1°59′47″W / 52.53857°N 1.99651°W / 52.53857; -1.99651Coordinates: 52°32′19″N 1°59′47″W / 52.53857°N 1.99651°W / 52.53857; -1.99651
TypeComprehensive foundation school
Established2010 (2010)
Local authoritySandwell
Department for Education URN136091 Tables
Age11 to 19


The origins of the school can be traced to West Bromwich Municipal Secondary School at the West Bromwich Institute, which opened in 1902 on Lodge Road, West Bromwich. It was funded by Sir George Kenrick. It became West Bromwich Grammar School in 1944, and moved to new buildings on Clarkes Lane in 1964. It was only a grammar school at this site for five years, becoming a comprehensive school in September 1969 when West Bromwich borough council (which merged with Warley five years later to form Sandwell) decided to make comprehensive education universal.

The Menzies buildings were used as one of the filming locations for the 1986 film Clockwise, starring John Cleese.[citation needed]

Manor High School opened in 1968 on the Friar Park estate, but exam results attained by school leavers were constantly low, and demand for places was falling by the 1990s as many pupils living in the catchment area chose to attend other schools.

The two schools merged in September 2010 to form The Phoenix Collegiate, although the new school operates from both sites for two years until the Manor High buildings were closed in July 2012.

Notable former pupilsEdit

West Bromwich Grammar SchoolEdit

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