WHAT more appropriate way can there be to celebrate Oxford Spires Academy’s first Ofsted report than by the launch of its bid to build a new £8.2m science block.

Praised by Ofstead inspectors in April, this initiative will see the academy’s old science block demolished and replaced with a new complex that will house not only a new science department but a new theatre and art gallery too.

Funding for the scheme comes from a grant awarded last year to the school and a donation from The Reuben Foundation, a charity focused on making contributions to healthcare and education in the UK.

Oxford city councillor Saj Malik says he is delighted by the scheme.

“I really welcome this and think the school is really going in the right direction,” he said.

And indeed it is.

If youngsters are to be encouraged to invest in their education, so too must school facilities match this commitment and enable each and every pupil to discover their true potential.

Which is why a planning bid of this scale is an investment not only in bricks and mortar, but dreams too.