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THREE schools in Portsmouth will join together when they convert to academies in September.

Independent accountancy practice HWB recently been appointed by The Isambard Brunel, Stamshaw and Newbridge juniors, which 
are converting to academy status.

Together they will form one multi-academy trust giving them financial independence from the local authority for the first time.

Richard Hurst, an academy specialist and HWB director, said: ‘Having freedom from local authority control is a great opportunity for schools but also a big new financial responsibility and it’s vital they get it right.

‘It has been great to see how schools have risen to the challenge of their academy status and managed the change so well.

‘The Isambard Brunel, Stamshaw and Newbridge junior schools are all doing fantastic work with young children and we are delighted to be able to help them with the accounting, budgeting and VAT matters that they are now having to deal with.’

They are going to all be part of one academy which will be called The Portsmouth Schools’ Partnership.