A SOUTHAMPTON school will become an academy the Daily Echo can reveal.

The Sholing Technology College will become the 50th school in the country to be run by the Oasis Community Learning and the fifth city secondary school to become an academy.

As previously reported the school came second to last in the city’s latest league tables, with a 31 per cent of its 198 pupils getting grade 5 or above in English and maths GCSE.

But in October last year government inspectors brought the school out of special measures, after saying it was “inadequate” across the board in May 2016.

Now the Department for Education have asked Oasis to step in - and managers at the Christian charity say they are “delighted”.

But they haven’t confirmed if current head teacher Martin Brown (right) will stay.

Phil Humphreys (above), executive head teacher of Oasis Academies Lord’s Hill and Mayfield, will now also provide “strategic leadership” at TSTC.

A statement from Oasis said: “We cannot comment on individual job roles. We can confirm that the existing headteacher of Sholing, and all staff, have the right of transfer into the new Academy.”

Oasis regional director Mathew Butler said: “At Oasis we have a vision to provide exceptional education at the heart of the community. We are delighted that TSTC will be joining the Oasis family.”

Ian Golding was head teacher at Lord’s Hill and is still employed by Oasis but is currently on secondment to Parkfield free School in Bournemouth - which itself is caught up in controversy after being asked to repay £772,000 in grant money to the Education and Skills Funding Agency after receiving grant for more pupils than it enrolled. Oasis said the charity is “not in a position to comment on the operations of another trust.”

Claire Taylor is currently principal at Mayfield Academy.

TSTC is part of an £8m pound investment programme across three city schools that will see condemned buildings at its site rebuilt.

Martin Brown was contacted for a comment but did not reply.

Oasis schools are part of the Oasis Charitable Trust - a Christian movement and group of charities and social enterprises working in 11 countries.

Oasis Mayfield and Lord’s Hill came seventh and eighth out of 12 city schools in the latest league tables. TSTC is now the fifth city school to become an academy.

City education boss Councillor Darren Paffey did not respond to a request for comment.