Midhurst Rother College

Midhurst Rother College
Midhurst Rother College
Mottoes Free to achieve, belong and contribute
The best in everyone
Established 1 January 2009
Type Comprehensive Secondary Academy
Religion Church of England
Principal Joe Vitagliano
Chair of
David Anderson
Specialism Science & Mathematics
Location North Street
West Sussex
GU29 9DT
Local authority West Sussex
DfE URN 135760
Ofsted Reports
Students c1500
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–18
Colours Black, Purple & Silver  black           
Website MRC Website

Coordinates: 50°59′27″N 0°44′14″W / 50.9907°N 0.7371°W / 50.9907; -0.7371

Midhurst Rother College is a mixed Academy for students aged 11 to 18, in Midhurst, West Sussex. It was officially formed on 1 January 2009 following the closure of three predecessor schools in the area. It serves a wide rural area in the Rother Valley of West Sussex. It is sponsored by the United Learning Trust in partnership with the University of Chichester and Winchester College.



The academy was formed in January 2009.[1] This followed the closure of three predecessor schools operating as part of a three-tier structure: Midhurst Grammar School, Midhurst Intermediate School and Herbert Shiner School. The Grammar school - with a history dating back to 1672[2] - had accommodated students aged 13 to 18,[3] while both intermediate schools had students aged 10 to 13.[4][5]

The new school was introduced as part of the local authority's move towards two-tier provision. The school opened with students from Year Six to Year 13, but began to operate as a standard secondary from September 2009, with the youngest students being in Year Seven, aged 11. Provision for younger students will be made in local primary schools.[6]


The college operates on two campuses in the neighbouring settlements of Midhurst and Easebourne. Students in Key Stage 3 (aged 11 to 14) are accommodated on the site of the former Midhurst Intermediate School in Easebourne. Older students are taught in the buildings of the former Grammar School in Midhurst. [7]

In 2012, a new campus will be built on the existing River Campus.[8] The new buildings will house modern classrooms and the exterior will be sympathetic to the existing buildings. The projected cost is approximately £31 million, which will include a new school bus terminus.

Easebourne Campus


The school operates joint specialisms in Science and Mathematics. In addition, the school identifies aspects of Business and Enterprise, and ICT throughout the curriculum.[9]


The first principal of the college is Dr Joe Vitagliano, former headteacher of Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School. Vitagliano was formerly a pupil at the Midhurst Grammar School.[10]


  1. ^ "Establishment: Midhurst Rother College". Edubase2 website. Department for Children, Schools and Families. 2008. http://www.edubase.gov.uk/establishment/summary.xhtml?urn=135760. Retrieved 2008-12-29. 
  2. ^ L. F. Salzman (editor) (1953). "Midhurst". A History of the County of Sussex: Volume 4: The Rape of Chichester. University of London & History of Parliament Trust. http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=41704&strquery=midhurst%20grammar. Retrieved 2008-02-14. 
  3. ^ "Establishment: Midhurst Grammar School". Edubase2 website. Department for Children, Schools and Families. 2008. http://www.edubase.gov.uk/establishment/summary.xhtml?urn=126091. Retrieved 2008-12-29. 
  4. ^ "Establishment: Midhurst Intermediate School". Edubase2 website. Department for Children, Schools and Families. 2008. http://www.edubase.gov.uk/establishment/summary.xhtml?urn=126077. Retrieved 2008-12-29. 
  5. ^ "Establishment: Herbert Shiner School". Edubase2 website. Department for Children, Schools and Families. 2008. http://www.edubase.gov.uk/establishment/summary.xhtml?urn=126078. Retrieved 2008-12-29. 
  6. ^ "Establishment: Midhurst Intermediate School". Inspection Report: Herbert Shiner School. Ofsted. 2008. http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/oxedu_reports/display/(id)/98126. Retrieved 2008-12-29. 
  7. ^ "Midhurst Rother College Update: Winter 08 Issue 3" (PDF). West Sussex County Council. 2008. http://www.westsussex.gov.uk/ccm/cms-service/stream/asset/?asset_id=3226979. Retrieved 2008-12-29. [dead link]
  8. ^ "MIDHURST ACADEMY: Head outlines positive vision for new academy". Midhurst and Petworth Observer. Johnston Press Digital Publishing. 2008. http://www.midhurstandpetworth.co.uk/news/MIDHURST-ACADEMY-Head-outlines-positive.4595427.jp. Retrieved 2008-12-29. 
  9. ^ "Midhurst Rother College". United Church Schools Trust. 2008. http://www.ucstrust.org.uk/pages/midhurst. Retrieved 2008-12-29. 
  10. ^ "Former head boy named as academy principal". The Argus. Newsquest Media Group. 2008. http://www.theargus.co.uk/news/3583990.Former_head_boy_named_as_academy_principal/. Retrieved 2008-12-29. 

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