Southampton's 2 new city academies are now officially open!
Last Wednesday I met with Lord Adonis, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Schools at the first day of school at the Mayfield Academy in Sholing. I had a chance to chat with year 7 seven pupils and with head teacher, Ruth Johnson and to see the excellent improvements that have been made to the school; new paint, signs and carpet and of course new school uniforms!
I also had a chance to meet the new head teacher of the Lord's Hill Academy, Ian Golding and talk to him about local issues in Lordswood and Lordshill.
The new schools are off to an excellent start and are set to receive £35m for complete rebuilds in a few years time. On the west of the city this will see the Lords' Hill Academy moved to the 5 Acre Field site.