Pupils and teachers welcomed members of the community to Seahaven Academy for a special ceremony which celebrated the school’s formal opening.
The Foundation Day ceremony also shared with the community and parents, the school’s new vision and ethos.
The Newhaven secondary school became an academy in April and also joined United Learning – a group of academies and independent schools that includes Shoreham Academy.
United Learning’s chief executive, Jon Coles, also visited the school with a number of colleagues. Parents and a range of businesses from the area, schools and colleges were also invited to discuss how to provide the best possible educational experiences for young people in the Newhaven area.
The afternoon began with tours of the academy to meet students, see some of their work and the activities they take part in on a daily basis.
Guests invited to the formal Foundation Day ceremony witnessed the talent of Seahaven Academy students through a variety of performances.
The academy’s principal, Sarah Pringle; a former vice principal at United Learning’s outstanding Midhurst Rother College, said: “Our Foundation Day marks the start of a bright future for Seahaven Academy, and also celebrates our students’ talents in a year where they achieved their best ever GCSE results. There is heaps of ability and potential here and, as part of United Learning, we will nurture it to help everyone achieve their ambitions.”