John Lewis managing director Andy Street has officially opened a new school building in Birmingham.
Mr Street, who is also chair of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership, opened the new building at King Edward VI Sheldon Heath Academy.
The school, known as Sheldon Heath Community Arts College until 2010, is sponsored by the charity, the Schools of King Edward VI in Birmingham, and has been re-built as part of the Birmingham Building Schools for the Future initiative. The Academy also benefits from endowment funding provided by the NEC and Service Birmingham (Capita).
The new academy was designed by Birmingham-based Associated Architects, and has 1,350 pupils aged 11-18, of which 300 are in the Sixth Form.
It was built on the existing school site and is a three-storey building of more than 11,000 square metres containing an academic block and a resource block. The local community will be able to use some of the facilities out of school hours, including a library, a theatre with seating for 350, a fitness suite and a full size sports hall with the largest indoor netball court in the area.
Mr Street, a former pupil at King Edward’s School in Edgbaston, said: “I was lucky enough to be educated at a King Edward’s school, and realise the education I enjoyed gave me a great start in life. It is therefore a great pleasure to open this new academy supported by the King Edward VI Foundation. It is part of the steady improvement in educational opportunities we are seeing across the Greater Birmingham region.”