“Although we are at the beginning of our journey with the University of Chichester Academy Trust I know they have the drive and ambition, which I share, to secure the best start for our new academy in September. Every colleague I have met places the highest of expectations upon themselves to provide the best support and advice.

“The Academy Trust team as a whole is focused clearly on our success and on ensuring that the children who join our school are provided with the highest quality education in an amazing new building - the commitment and determination has been an inspiration to me and has given me a great sense of pride in being the founding headteacher of Berewood Primary School.”

Sue Patrick, Headteacher, Berewood Primary School, Waterlooville

“There is huge excitement at The Flying Bull about our future as an academy.  First and foremost our academy status is going to benefit the children. Where we identify a need – it might be for equipment, staff resource or extra hours of specialist support - we can make local decisions and rapidly put solutions in place.

“At the same time it’s important to be connected to the rest of the system and we can achieve this by joining a Multi-Academy Trust. After talking to headteacher colleagues and a number of academy sponsors I am confident that the University of Chichester Academy Trust is the right partner for us.”

Deamonn Hewett-Dale, Headteacher, The Flying Bull Academy, Portsmouth