In 2014 Alex pledged to campaign for a new school for Cheltenham if elected.
Eight years later, the brand new £35 million High School Leckhampton will open its doors to 243 Year 7 and Year 8 pupils on Monday 5 September.
It will have a new Year 7 group join each year until eventually reaching its full capacity for 900 11–16-year-olds.
The £35 million secondary school has state-of-the-art facilities, including six science labs, 10 ICT suites, a music suite, drama studio and a 400-seat auditorium, a full-size floodlit Astro-turf pitch and a fitness suite.
Alex said: “I am delighted that the High School Leckhampton is ready to open. It will light a fire under our shared mission for social mobility in Cheltenham – a mission which says it shouldn’t matter where you’re from in life, but where you’re going.
“For me, it feels like a huge milestone. That’s because within weeks of becoming Cheltenham’s MP I vowed to campaign for a new school. I did so because I was almost immediately confronted by the ‘Leckhampton Triangle’ crisis, with a steady stream of distressed parents arriving in my constituency surgery unable to secure places in nearby secondary schools. With projected population growth it was clear that this difficult problem was only going to get worse."