Ambassador visits Southfields Academy

Published: Monday 22nd December 14

US Ambassador Matthew Barzun has visited Southfields Academy to talk to sixth formers about the ‘special relationship’ between America and Britain.

The Ambassador went along to the school as part of the Embassy’s Cultural Community Outreach programme.

The US is currently building its new embassy in Nine Elms, and embassy staff are keen to establish good links with local schools and the wider community before they move to the new site from Belgravia in 2017.

The Ambassador with Darren Berrones Mendoza and Delaenam Olympio.

The US Government was one of the first institutions to commit to the Nine Elms on the South Bank regeneration area, and the new embassy has proved a catalyst in attracting investment in this part of Battersea.

Southfields Academy has been transformed in recent years following a multi-million pound rebuild and is judged to be a good school by Ofsted. It also offers a great deal of activities and facilities to the community via its Aspire programme.

Headteacher Wanda Golinska said: “We were delighted that Ambassador Barzun visited Southfields Academy this week.  His interactive session with the students was engaging, enlightening and dispelled some of the myths around US foreign policy. This was a most positive and memorable experience for our students.”

The council’s Education spokesman Cllr Kathy Tracey said:

“We are delighted that the US Ambassador is reaching out to our schools and hope our students will get real benefit from having the embassy on their doorstep. I’m very proud of our Southfields students for having such a thoughtful, mature and fruitful discussion with Mr Barzun.”  

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