Edward the Elder Primary & Nursery School opened in January 2008 due to the rationalisation of primary school provision in the Wednesfield & Ashmore Park areas (around Wolverhampton) due to declining birth rate over the previous few years. The vast majority of the pupils previously attended either Moathouse Primary or Wednesfield Village Primary which both closed at the end of December 2007.
Originally the school had two sites 1200m apart but budgetary restraints resulted in a move to a single site in September 2008 – the building that had previously situated Moathouse Primary School.
Not only was the name of the school chosen by a ballot of all stakeholders, but so too was the uniform and school rules. The name was taken from King Alfred the Great's eldest son, King Edward, who led the Saxons to victory against the Vikings in August 910 at the Battle of Wodensfield. (Some call it the Battle of Tettenhall.)
The present building was chosen as one of the 261 schools within England & Wales to benefit from the Priority Schools Building Programme. This programme is to meet the condition needs of the school ensuring that the building is fit for future generations.
The New Building was completed during the Autumn Term 2015 and the first day for pupils was the 9th November 2015. During the following two months the demolotion of the old building was completed. The final work to complete the field is taking place in Autumn 2016.