Our History

After working closely together for several years, the University of Brighton Academies Trust and the Hastings Academies Trust merged in September 2017.

The trust and our academies benefit from nearly 10 years of experience supporting schools. We were one of the first multi-academy trusts sponsored by a university and continue to see positive results from the university’s involvement

The University of Brighton began supporting academies in 2008, as part of its commitment to improving educational opportunities. After being involved in the formation of two secondary academies – The Hastings Academy and The St Leonards Academy – from three underperforming schools, the university took the role of lead sponsor in the Hastings Academies Trust (established in 2010). Subsequently seven infant and primary schools joined the Hastings Academies Trust.

The University of Brighton Academies Trust was established in 2014 to build on the university’s success in Hastings and broaden the work of the trust to Sussex and the surrounding areas. This created another network of one secondary and five primary academies.