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Southampton academy opens its new £15m home
SOUTHAMPTON’S newest school building has officially opened for use – and created an instant buzz of excitement.
Staff and pupils at Oasis Academy Mayfield have moved into their new state-ofthe- art £15m home.
It comes on the back of a huge improvement in its GCSE figures last year, which school leaders predict will continue this year.
The proportion of Year 11 pupils leaving with five or more A* to C grades almost doubled last year to 78 per cent, while more high passes in English and maths saw almost half achieve the benchmark of five good grades including the core subjects.
Visitors to yesterday’s official unveiling were met by the grand sight of the huge open space that now dominates the academy and provides its thriving focus.
Elsewhere, large windows open classrooms on to corridors, while open-plan spaces allow teachers to take lessons outside of traditional formal settings.
It is hoped the new facilities will provide a boost to the community, beyond the jobs provided through 60 per cent of the construction workforce being employed locally.
Principal John Toland said: “It’s a new home and it’s a new future.
“It does make a difference – where we work, where we live, where we study affects us.”