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We hope that you enjoy the summer break
18 July 2017
We hope that you enjoy the holidays and we look forward to welcoming you back to Temperance term on Thursday 7th September. Our Year 7 students will join us for their induction on the morning of Wednesday 6th September.
Our dream becomes reality
28 June 2017
There were celebrations last Friday for our school, when we held our official groundbreaking ceremony, led by The Countess of March and Kinrara. The event, attended by children, staff and governors, took place at the school’s new site at the former Carmelite Convent on the Hunston Road, Chichester.
Guest of honour, Lady March, commented, “It is wonderful to see such a lovely building being used again and I am sure that it will be an inspiration for generations to come.”
The ceremony was hosted by our builders, Farrans Construction, who are well-known for their experience in the education sector. Building work began in February this year and is progressing on schedule for its completion next summer. When at its full capacity – a Sixth Form will be launched in September 2018 – the area’s only all-through school will take over 1200 boys and girls aged 4-19.
“This is a very significant day in the school’s journey,” said Stephen King, Chair of Governors and Co-founder of the school. “We are honoured to be joined by Lady March who has been a great sport in donning wellies and hard hat and it is very emotional to see all of our dreams finally being made into a reality.”
Members of the school’s student premises committee were hand picked to attend the ceremony and Sam Wood, a Year 9 student, commented, “I was here when it was announced that the school was going to be on this site and in this amazing building. It’s so exciting to think that we will all be learning here in just over a year’s time – I cannot wait!”
The party was allowed into the building itself, carefully chaperoned by the Farrans team to see the progress being made inside.
Mr Martyn, our Principal, said, “It is wonderful to come back again after our initial visits into what was a derelict, damp and decaying building last year. To see it stripped back and opened up to reveal the large spaces that our children will enjoy as well as the perfect mix of the ancient and modern, including the first steels going up just this week in what will be the Senior wing, is quite simply breathtaking.
“We are custodians of this magnificent building and the care and respect that is being shown by the contractors is testament to our shared desire to honour it in the way it deserves to be treated.”
The event was concluded by the Chair of Governors, who on behalf of all present thanked the Farrans team for arranging the event and all those present for their dedication and hard work. Mr King added, “It is truly wonderful to see the children involved in the ceremony and their behaviour has been exemplary. They are a credit to themselves and to Chichester Free School.”
The Primary QuadKids Athletics Competition
19 June 2017
We recently took part in the Primary QuadKids Athletics Competition, which was held at the Regis School in Bognor. With plenty of sunshine and the spectators enjoying picnics, it was a truly wonderful event in which to take part. Our team came 6th overall, with outstanding performances from Tom Pulley in the 400m and Tamsin Denbury-Hide in the long jump.
Take a look at our Carmelite Convent video
12 May 2017
Our new school campus, at the Carmelite Convent is coming along extremely well. We’ve produced a video so that everyone can see how well the site is developing. We aim to produce footage throughout the project build, which will enable everyone to share in the excitement of watching our stunning new school campus emerge. You can view the footage here.
3 May 2017
With their GCSEs now complete, we keep our fingers crossed for our Year 11 students in the hope that their results will meet their expectations. We wish our leavers every success in their future pursuits.