School for vulnerable youngsters named after Albion legend

An independent school for young people who are vulnerable or come from disadvantaged backgrounds is to be opened by the official charity of West Bromwich Albion Football Club, and named after the club’s legendary former striker Cyrille Regis.

‘The Regis Academy’ will be located just a short walk from West Midlands club’s Hawthorns stadium on Brasshouse Lane.

The project has been led by the club’s charity, The Albion Foundation, and aims to reduce primary exclusions in children aged seven to 11.


It will open its doors to pupils in June and Anna Pincher, who has served as the charity’s Head of Education and Safeguarding for many years, has been named the school’s new Head Teacher.

The Ofsted-registered, independent school will work in partnership with education authorities and local primary schools to create an environment in which all children can thrive.

Anna said: “Our aim is to reduce primary school exclusions, taking in pupils who are at the greatest risk of being removed from mainstream education, and creating an environment where all children experience success, thereby building confidence and belief in themselves.

“By working in partnership with schools, education authorities and other agencies, we hope to return pupils to mainstream schools by taking a flexible approach in response to each child’s individual needs.”


Cyrille played for West Brom and England, along with other West Midlands clubs Coventry, Aston Villa and Wolves, in a glittering career spanning 20 years. He passed away in 2018 aged 59.

Cyrille’s family said: “We are delighted that The Albion Foundation have chosen to name their academy after Cyrille. It is a testament to the legacy that he has left.

“We hope that the academy will provide an environment for young people to thrive and fulfil their potential. Cyrille would be so proud to be a part of this school and we wish everyone involved all the very best."

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