Teachers and pupils at Manhood Community College are looking forward to a bright future after starting its new life as an academy.
The school’s transformation into The Academy, Selsey, is now complete, with new uniforms, a new canopy, new facilities – and a new focus.
Headteacher Vicky Wright said: “This is massive for us. I think this is best for the community of Selsey, to have a public academy that enables us to push forward.
“We are already improving but this will help us to accelerate that further.”
The school is sponsored by The Kemnal Academies Trust (TKAT). Its main aim is to improve standards at the school, with a keen focus on literacy and numeracy. One-to-one classes with pupils is just one way in which the school at School Lane hopes to do that.
More computers have also been provided for the ICT department in the sports hall.
One pupil created an online blog praising how much they liked the new school uniform, which was designed by the students themselves. They now sport a blazer with the school’s lifeboat logo, a jumper/cardigan and tie.
Speaking of the challenges ahead, Mrs Wright said: “It is hugely important for young people to have the highest of outcomes, to ensure they go on to be successful in the world.
“I think they are quite sheltered in Selsey, but they are confident, like a big fish in a small pond. We are trying to change that attitude.”
This year the school recorded its highest GCSE results ever, with 73 per cent of pupils achieving of all their GCSE’s, and every pupil achieved at least one C grade.
“Standards are more than just the results, it’s how pupils present themselves and engage with the community,” Mrs Wright added.
“We are still working with the county council and are working to the national curriculum because it is good.
“What is different is our focus. We are able to give more support for students in literacy and numeracy, one-to-one lessons at all levels.”
Pupils will remain divided into the school’s five houses, which are named after Selsey lifeboats. The idea was introduced by Mrs Wright two years ago after she joined the school.
TKAT is a multi-academy trust that currently oversees 12 academies comprising of eight secondary schools and four primary schools.
For more information about TKAT log on to www.thekemnalacademiestrust.org