BORIS Johnson visited Ealing Fields High School today (29) to be shown around its new building.

The Prime Minister was welcomed by associate head Mark Bedford and Keith McGinness, senior project manager of contractors Bowmer + Kirkland.

He also met Dame Alice Hudson, executive head of Twyford C of E Academies Trust and was given a tour of the new building by Year 10 pupils, who will move in this September after four years in temporary accommodation.

Mr Johnson visited the restored historic building at the centre of the site then toured the new teaching block – including the café and science laboratories – and saw how well the old and new parts complemented each other.

Associate head Mr Bedford said: “It was a privilege for Ealing Fields to have this opportunity to showcase the new and impressive facilities in the final stages of the building project. 

“Our school aims to grow courageous, compassionate leaders of the future, so to start our journey on the new site with a visit from the PM was a powerful endorsement.”

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Ealing Fields High School is a five-form entry school, admitting 150 pupils a year. There are currently 480 students on roll.

It opened in 2016 in in Wyke Gardens (near the permanent site) and joined Twyford C of E Academies Trust the following year. The school has now been in temporary accommodation for four years but will move into the new school site in September 2020.

The school will be a blend of ultra-modern and historic with a 17th Century manor house, Place House, at the centre.

Place House is being renamed Senior House after Louisa Senior while the main teaching block will be called the Lawrence Wing after William Lawrence.

William and Louisa Lawrence (neé Senior) were notable residents in the 1830s.  She was a renowned botanist and he was the President of the Royal College of Surgeons.