A PRIMARY school in Chichester will become an academy under the new University of Chichester Academy Trust (CAT).
The head teacher of Kingsham Primary School, Pete Fleming, announced the move today (April 1), and said it is the start of an ‘exciting phase’.
“This is a positive step made at the right time for Kingsham, and the plan is to be an operating as an academy from September 1, 2014,” he said.
“The governors made the move because in the quickly changing field of today’s education system, we realised that our past support and development channels were fading fast.
“We wanted to be better able to support our children and so it is also important to note that Kingsham has not been forced to change, but has chosen to do so.
“It is an exciting phase and we hope that it is the start of great times ahead for the children, parents, staff and governors of Kingsham Primary and it’s local community.”
Following a period of detailed consultation, the governors of Kingsham Primary School unanimously decided to convert to academy status under the sponsorship of CAT.
CAT was established by the University of Chichester and approved by the Office of the Schools Commissioner as an academy sponsor in the summer of 2012.
The trust aims to develop a family of approximately 40 academies in the neighbouring counties of Hampshire, Sussex and Surrey, and Kingsham will be the first Chichester school to join.
“The governors’ decision is based on a number of factors, but primarily to continue to build upon the high quality teaching and learning for all Kingsham pupils,” said Mr Fleming.
“The governors believe that converting to academy status will bring considerable benefits to Kingsham, not least greater control in all areas of operation guided by a sponsor experienced in education, and freedom to plan the most relevant and engaging curriculum for local children, enhanced by access to specialist departments at the University of Chichester, such as music, art, performing arts and sport.”
To find out more about the trust visit www.chi.ac.uk/academy.