A BEDLINGTON middle school has officially marked its move to academy status.
Meadowdale Middle School took on the new role on April 1.
And Olympic ambassador Katy Storie was the special guest of honour to officially mark the change with a ribbon cutting ceremony.
More than 100 parents turned up at the school to join current and former staff.
And former England rugby international Katy gave an inspirational speech before cutting the ribbon and raising a flag designed by the students.
Teacher Amanda Allison said: “It was a really good day.
“We became an academy because it makes us autonomous and we can continue shaping our children in the middle school and retain the middle school status.
“We have had continuous outstanding reports from Ofsted and you can only be an academy with that status.
“Katy’s speech was fantastic and as an academy we hope to go forward and for every child to achieve, believe and dream about their success in life.”