Message of support from Kevin Oakes, Chief Executive of Academy Sponsor Steelite International:

We have along association with Haywood Academy and we are absolutely delighted to be a part of the Academy’s future by sponsoring this project.

From a company and industry perspective, as a world leader, we need young people coming into the organisation with the right skills, knowledge and the right aptitude.

Anything we can do to support local education and to foster good relationships between education and industry is vitally important.

Stoke-on-Trent’s ceramics industry is undergoing a renaissance and we must build for the future.

A thriving Burslem town centre is vitally important to Steelite International – we’re fiercely proud of the town’s famous heritage. By locating the Haywood Sixth Form Academy in the old town hall we will help increase footfall in the town and, I am certain, boost its economy.”