AN ACADEMY trust set up by Chichester University has taken on six schools in total, and its director said teaching was the main focus of the trust.
Launched in September last year, the Chichester Academy Trust (CAT) is now linked with local schools Kingsham Primary School in Chichester and Fernhurst Primary School.
It has also taken on Berewood Primary School in Waterlooville, the Flying Bull Academy in Portsmouth, secondary school Mill Chase Academy in Bordon and Frogmore Junior School on the north Hampshire-Surrey border.
Chief executive officer and director of CAT, Dr Alan McMurdo told the Observer the ethos behind the trust.
“We already had partnership working with schools in the area,” he 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.”
He said the university trust would create a network of schools which could support each other, as well as getting expert advice from teaching academics at the university.
“We are not about a central control. There will not be a ‘one size fits all’ approach. Schools need supporting in the locality, We do not really want to go outside Hampshire and Sussex.”
“What we are trying to do is bring the professional expertise of the university.
“As a university and as a trust, we believe education is the most powerful device in changing people’s lives for the better.
“We’re in this as we believe in it. All our schools sign up with us on that core belief, really.”