Who are we?

Chichester Free School (CFS) is a state-funded, all-through school, established in response to real demand within the local area for a greater variety of schools. It is part of Sussex Education Trust, a charitable organisation with the key objective to establish, maintain, manage and develop a broad and balanced education. The Trust is absolutely committed to providing young people with the best possible chance to succeed. 

CFS benefits from the same freedoms and flexibilities as academies. We are funded by the government, subject to the same Ofsted inspections as all state schools and are expected to maintain the same rigorous standards. 

The School is open to pupils of all abilities, from age four upwards. We do not have a catchment area, thus ensuring that CFS is fair and inclusive and provides families with freedom of choice. We take part in the West Sussex County Council (WSCC) admissions process for our Reception and Year 7 intake and so parents apply for places for their child in the same way as any other local state school for those year groups.  However, we manage our own in year admissions for all other year groups and applications should be made directly to CFS.

The Journey So Far

CFS opened in 2013 with pupils in Reception, Years 1, 3, 7 and 8 and has grown steadily over time. We are now full, with two form entry in the Primary phase and four form entry in the Secondary phase. We currently operate a small Sixth Form. There are approximately 76 teaching staff and 73 support staff, and over 1000 pupils. Since 2018 we have enjoyed the benefits of being housed in award winning state of the art facilities on the site of the former Carmelite Convent, in the south of Chichester. 

Since 2013 the School has achieved two strong Ofsted Inspections, being rated 'Good' in all areas on both occasions. This has been alongside ever improving Key Stage 2 results and three years of achieving an 'average' Progress 8 score at GCSE. At Key Stage 4 we have achieved notable and consistent success in both English and Maths in particular. English results have displayed exceptional progress and attainment for our Year 11 pupils. The Principal, Louise New, has been in post since September 2019 and is leading CFS in its pursuit for excellence; we aim to achieve exceptional accountability results in all phases, whilst maintaining our creative, flexible and inclusive taught and co-curriculum. 

CFS is a safe and happy school, where pupils are known and nurtured as individuals in all aspects of school life.  

As we're unable to hold Sports Day this term, our #athletics events are taking place in lessons instead. All poin... https://t.co/x8Jr5ciNlg
@jamesgarner08 Thank you! We all had a lovely time 😊
Looks excellent. Days like this will be remembered forever - I hope you all enjoyed making new memories. https://t.co/vrbxTPfPRb
Some more pictures from our trip to Staunton Country Park last Friday for our Year 1 pupils. It's such fun to be ab... https://t.co/ALeIzuYQhW
Year 1 pupils visited sunny @StauntonCountry Park this week; our first school trip in a long time! The children beh... https://t.co/ikZgnFGQcr
Year 2 enjoyed their Pirate Dress-up Day to launch their new topic, Ahoy Shipmates! The children will learn about t... https://t.co/eR1cyJBbC5
Our LTA Youth Start course for kids aged 4 to 7 begins this week! ✅ Six fun coaching sessions ✅ A racket, ball-set... https://t.co/He3iYNRNMx
Such an exciting time for you all. Lots of mixed emotions. Good luck to all of the leavers. https://t.co/NbWdIx5sVb
There are still a few places remaining on our two-day Tennis Activity Camp which takes place at the club next week.... https://t.co/XUYXCC42i9
👋 We said a fond farewell to our Year 11s this morning with a wonderful breakfast and Leavers' Assembly. Year 11 ha... https://t.co/rGidQVWSlH