Infant school academy bid


Pound Hill Infant School in Crawley is to consult parents and carers on becoming an academy.

Academy schools are self-governing and directly funded by central government.

The school is considering joining the new University of Brighton Academies Trust. Consultation will run until March 27.

The school is already a strategic partner of the University of Brighton in its capacity as a National Teaching School and by becoming an academy will receive support from the trust and the university,.

Julie Knock-Bravery, Pound Hill’s headteacher, said: “We are confident this new and exciting partnership will provide a wealth of new opportunities for Pound Hill Infant School. The world of education has, and continues to change at a rapid pace providing increasing challenge to schools. As a forward-thinking outstanding school we are committed to ensuring we are well placed to face the challenges ahead, whilst maintaining and building on the outstanding education we provide.”

Liz Davis, Chair of the Pound Hill’s governors, said: “Our School Governing body has spent considerable time researching the variety of academy models to determine which best match the ethos, vision and values of our school. We are united in our belief that this proposal will support us in achieving an even brighter future for the school, its children and families.”