Three more schools become academies this month as members of the University of Chichester Academy Trust (CAT), including two in the West Sussex local authority area and a brand-new school in Hampshire.

Fernhurst Primary School at the centre of the village of Fernhurst near Haslemere is an expanding school under the headship of Mr Gary Parkes.  A newly-completed extension has added two further classrooms allowing Fernhurst to accept children into seven separate year groups from Reception to Year 6.

Kingsham Primary School is the University’s first academy to open in Chichester.  A well-established local school set in extensive school grounds in the Whyke area of the city, Kingsham looks forward to welcoming Miss Jane McDowell as Interim Headteacher in mid-September.

Our third new academy, Berewood Primary School in Waterlooville, is a brand-new school built to serve the new community of Berewood.  Led by Mrs Sue Patrick, previously Headteacher of the outstanding Jessie Younghusband School in Chichester, Berewood Primary School opens with 60 pupils across all year groups from Reception to Year 6.  In time, the school will grow to provide 420 places to meet the needs of local families.

The University of Chichester now has six academies open in the region.  Chief Executive Officer and Director of Academies, 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.  We welcome the opportunity to collaborate even more closely with teaching colleagues to increase educational opportunities for children in our region.'

Picture caption:  ITV Meridian News reporter Christine Alsford talks to pupils on their first day at Berewood Primary School