Schools join university trust to officially become academies

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A SCHOOL has become the latest to open as an academy as member of the University of Chichester Academy Trust (CAT).

Kingsham Primary School is the university’s first academy to open in Chichester.

The school, set in extensive grounds in the Whyke area of the city, will welcome Jane McDowell as interim headteacher in mid-September.

As reported in The News, Berewood Primary School in Waterlooville, is a school built to serve the new community of Berewood. It is a member of the trust.

The school opens today with 60 pupils across all year groups from Reception to Year 6.

In time, the school will grow to provide 420 places.

The University of Chichester was approved as an Academy Sponsor by the Office of the Schools Commissioner in the summer of 2012, and CAT now has six academies open in the region.

Chief executive officer and director of academies for CAT, Dr Alan McMurdo, said: ‘The university has a long history of working in partnership with schools and substantial expertise and resources that can support school improvement.’

He added: ‘We welcome the opportunity to collaborate even more closely with teaching colleagues to increase educational opportunities for children in our region.’

For more information about CAT and its work with schools please visit unicat.org.uk