In a disastrous start to its first term, Wolverhampton’s flagship Academy School has been taken over by a band of Somali pirates, and is en route to the Gulf of Aden.
Pirates boarded the £300M Norman Foster-designed educational complex on Tuesday lunchtime after overpowering a supply teacher. Eye witness reports confirmed that a Jolly Roger had replaced the Academy’s crest on the flagpole, shortly before the school lurched unceremoniously out to sea.
Speaking secretly via mobile phone from the school’s undisclosed offshore location, Alexander Graham, the Academy’s head teacher, admitted the hijack had been an ‘unexpected and embarrassing incident’ for the new school.
He revealed that staff and pupils were being held captive in the lottery-funded Olympic Sports Hall, but seemed ‘in good spirits’, surviving on tuck shop snacks and singing sea shanties with their captors.
While firm demands have yet to be made, the pirate gang are thought to be amassing a small flotilla of learning establishments, before returning with their booty to Somaliland...