Statement from Bob Seely on Sandown Bay Academy

“This ministerial approval is great news and a tremendous success for the Island and for education in the Bay area.

“Much hard work has taken place in the community, in the council, by councillors and by officers to get to this point and I thank them for all their efforts.

“This is certainly the outcome everyone wanted and it’s good the Department for Education listened to myself, the council and, most importantly, local people and gave the go-ahead.

“The hard work now begins to make sure this school becomes a centre of excellence"