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GOVERNORS at two of Chichester’s biggest schools are considering merging.

Chichester High School for Boys and Chichester High School for Girls are both academies under The Kemnal Academies Trust (TKAT).

Both schools have continued to operate as separate schools, with a joint, mixed gender sixth form.

But over time there has been a drop in the population in the Chichester area.

This has resulted in a significant reduction in pupil numbers.

In a joint statement, the governors said: ‘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.

‘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.’

Proposals to merge the two schools would see co-education being phased in, starting with the new intake from September 2016.

The plans will be the subject of a consultation which is planned to start this November.