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About our school

The original school on the site was officially opened by the Duke of Norfolk on September 26th 1963. The first school was named Manhood Secondary Modern School, in keeping with the schools of the day and reflecting the peninsula on which it sits. It was the hundredth schooling project undertaken by the education authorities. The tradition of education on the peninsular is thought to have begun with St Wilfred, who landed at Selsey in 681AD and taught the locals how to fish.

The school subsequently changed its name to Manhood Community College and was developed to enable it to provide a broader curriculum in purpose built facilities. These developments included a new expressive arts wing, housing Drama and Music facilities, in 2004, a new sports hall and multi-use games area in 2008 and a new Library in September 2012. Further external refurbishment works took place in 2013.

In September 2011, the school became part of The Kemnal Academies Trust, becoming The Academy Selsey and marking a new chapter in secondary education on the peninsula.  

On Sunday 21st August 2016, the most notable point in the school’s history occurred when a fire devastated the school, destroying almost three-quarters of the main buildings. The community rallied around the school and plans were immediately agreed for a new school on the same site. Works began almost immediately whilst students were housed in temporary buildings and on April 23rd 2019 the building you see today was opened to students and teachers.

Since opening, the school has seen thousands of students pass through its doors, each given the opportunity to enrich their own and others lives. With strong community links through the House System (based on the Historic Lifeboats of Selsey) and continued support from local businesses, the school remains a focal point for the community.

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