Secretary of State for Education, The Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP, visited the city yesterday to meet staff and students from the University of Winchester’s Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ Teacher Development department.
The visit allowed the Education Secretary to learn more about teacher training courses on offer at the University and the plans to open the new primary Barton Farm Academy in Winchester, which will be run by the University of Winchester Academy Trust (UWINAT).
“Our track record of 175 years of outstanding teacher education makes us ideally placed to open an Academy,” said Professor Joy Carter, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Winchester and Chair of the University of Winchester Academy Trust.
“Children at Barton Farm Academy will benefit from our values-driven ethos, our world-class research, and our strong partnerships with schools, business and the community. The innovative Academy buildings, including state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor learning environments, will also meet our very high standards for sustainability,” she added.
Speaking after the visit, Nicky Morgan said: “It was an absolute pleasure to visit Winchester and I would like to thank Steve Brine for inviting me. There is no question the University of Winchester is a wonderful institution training future teachers so they can inspire the next generation. I always enjoy hearing from students about why they chose teaching and it was an added bonus to learn more about the new Barton Farm Academy which I have heard so much about from Steve. I wish that project every success.”
Steve Brine, MP for Winchester and Chandler’s Ford and Trustee of UWINAT, added: “I asked the Secretary of State to visit us during an education debate in the Commons last year so was pleased to welcome her to the University. I know Nicky was impressed with what she saw, especially our plans for the exciting new Academy school at Barton Farm.”
The UWINAT Barton Farm Academy will serve the major new community development on Winchester’s northern boundary, providing 420 school places for children from the ages of 4-11. The £8.6 million academy is being designed by Hampshire County Council’s in-house team of architects and landscape designers and forms part of the County Council investment in new school places across Hampshire. It is scheduled to open in September 2017.