Chichester High School for Girls and Chichester High School for Boys could merge - a move governors have said could be in the ‘best interests’ of students and staff.
Since becoming academies under The Kemnal Academies Trust (TKAT), Chichester High Schools for Boys and Chichester High School for Girls have continued to operate as separate schools, with a joint, mixed gender sixth form.
Over time there has been a drop in the population in the Chichester area which has resulted in a significant reduction in pupil numbers.
“This fall in school rolls has presented us with challenges in relation to our budgets but we are taking the opportunity to have a fresh look at how the schools could operate going forward.
“We are committed to providing excellent teaching in a vibrant learning environment, but need to ensure we can continue to provide an exciting and rich curriculum for all our students,” said Peter Waters, chairman of governors for Chichester High School for Girls and Amanda Godfrey, chairman for Chichester High School for Boys.
A spokeswoman for TKAT said: “The Governors are considering whether a merger of the schools would be in the best interests of both students and staff.
“The proposals would see co-education being phased in, starting with the new intake from September 2016.
“The proposals will be the subject of a comprehensive consultation which is planned to start this November.”
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