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The University of Chichester Academy Trust is applying to set up a two new free schools in the heart of a new housing developments, Whitehouse Farm, in west Chichester and Flansham, Bognor Regis. 

The schools will fulfil a need for additional primary school places plus offer parents more choice for their children’s education. 

Your views are critical to our application, and you do not have to be a parent of school aged children to contribute.  

Please spare a few minutes to read the information below and give us your views for both of the proposed schools.



Who are the University of Chichester Academy Trust?

The Trust is sponsored by the University of Chichester and has a proven track record in the design, set up and management of a new school, plus a high level of expertise in school management.  

Teacher training provision at the University of Chichester is rated ‘Outstanding’ by OFSTED. 

The Trust has access to a wealth of teaching expertise, and can offer continuing professional development and training opportunities for teachers, as well as access to specialist facilities at the University. 

People matter to us and we believe that pupil progress and the development of outstanding teachers should be at the heart of our work.

What is unique about this Trust’s proposal?  

Our link to the University is unique to this area, and pupils and staff in our free schools will benefit by gaining access to the expertise of University staff in creative and performance arts, sport, humanities and technology, and excellent facilities and equipment including:

  • Drama studios
  • Sports equipment
  • Art studios
  • A brand new Engineering and Digital Technology Park, opening in 2018

The Trust and University’s joint vision is for a creative curriculum with a focus on ‘learning through making’ to encourage: 

  • Team-working
  • Adaptability
  • Innovation
  • Entrepreneurial skills
  • Confidence
  • Good communication

The schools’ curriculum will follow this principle, focusing on an integrated approach to Science, Technology, English, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) throughout the primary and eventually secondary curriculum in our free schools. 

The west Chichester free school will a focus on collaborative arts and technology projects making use of Creative expertise and facilities in the University and the city’s cultural and scientific heritage, while the Flansham free school will focus on collaborative projects making use of the creative expertise and technical facilities in the University’s Engineering and Digital Technology Park in Bognor Regis.

The close relationship with the family of Trust schools and the University will ultimately lead to a more innovative, creative, flexible and skilled generation of school leavers that will be lifelong learners, highly employable, some of whom will work as part of the local education community encouraging social mobility and attracting outside investment to the local area.