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Joseph Leckie School in Walsall now an academy

A West Midlands school where pupils once filmed the poor state of its buildings has reopened as an academy.

Back in 2005, students at Joseph Leckie School in Walsall were so concerned that they sent a DVD to the government.

They complained of falling masonry, poor drainage, blocked toilets, failed heating and an infestation of rats.

But after a multi-million pound rebuilding programme, the new academy will be officially opened by local entrepreneur Stephen Joynes.

The school is named after Joseph Alexander Leckie, a politician who served as the mayor of Walsall and as the local MP from 1931 until his death in 1939.

It originally opened its doors in September 1939, but then immediately closed due to the outbreak of World War II. It started up again a month later when facilities were in place to ensure the safety of the students.

From that time, through to the mid-1960s, head teachers kept a handwritten log of events in the school. During the opening ceremony on Wednesday, guests will be able to view the original school log books.

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