Clapham and Patching C of E School has been given permission to join the South Downs Educational Trust.
The decision couldn't be made sooner because the school had to be officially issued with a closure notice by West Sussex County Council before the Governors could formally apply to The Regional Schools Council. The RSC then referred the matter to Baroness Berridge at the House of Lords.
There has been a lot of lobbying by local people to keep the school open. There is a great deal of work to do now to complete the process to become an Academy, but it is an exciting new opportunity for the school and our villages.