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.
The University of Brighton is invited to be part of a radical intervention strategy to address under-achievement in three secondary schools in Hastings.2008
Hastings Academies Trust is launched.
The Hastings Academy and The St Leonards Academy open as sponsored academies with the Hastings Academies Trust.
Hastings Vertical Education Partnership is established with Sussex Coast College Hastings to provide a coherent educational offer in the town and to maximise access to education at all stages.2012
Paul Griffiths is appointed Chief Executive of Hastings Academies Trust.2012
The Hastings Academy’s brand new £15m building opens.
Major £15m refurbishment of The St Leonards Academy’s building is completed.
Dudley Infant Academy and West St Leonards Primary Academy join the Hastings Academies Trust.
The Baird Primary Academy opens as a sponsored academy with the Hastings Academies Trust.
Three primary academies in St Leonards, Churchwood, Hollington and Robsack Wood, join the Hastings Academies Trust.
The University of Brighton Academies Trust is launched.2014
Silverdale Primary Academy joins the Hastings Academies Trust.2015
Blackthorns Community Primary Academy (Lindfield), Holmbush Primary Academy, (Shoreham by Sea), Lindfield Primary Academy and Pound Hill Infant Academy (Crawley), a National Teaching School, join the University of Brighton Academies Trust.
Robsack Wood Primary Academy gains National Teaching School status and wins a local Department for Education award in the Pupil Premium Awards 2016 in recognition of it being one of the most improved schools in the country in terms of attendance and progress of disadvantaged children since 2011.2016
West St Leonards Primary Academy achieves accreditation as a training centre for Talk for Writing, a nationally recognised strategy for raising the attainment of pupils.2016
The Burgess Hill Academy (formerly Oakmeeds Community College) joins the University of Brighton Academies Trust as a sponsored academy.2016
Julie Knock - Executive Principal of Pound Hill Infant Academy and the Southern Collaborative Learning Partnership Teaching School Alliance - is appointed as the national Teaching School Council South East Regional Representative.2016
Dr John Smith is appointed Chief Executive.2017
Desmond Anderson Primary Academy (Crawley) joins the University of Brighton Academies Trust.2017
The University of Brighton is recognised as one of only 16 (out of 48) multi-academy trust sponsors who have achieved above average on progress measures for disadvantaged students.2017
Overton Grange School in Sutton starts working in partnership with the trust.2017
The Hastings Academies Trust and the University of Brighton Academies Trust merge to form the University of Brighton Academies Trust.2017
Churchwood Primary Academy is judged as 'good' by Ofsted, with 'outstanding' for effectiveness of leadership and management; personal development, behaviour and welfare; and early years provision.2017
Robsack Wood Primary Academy's Nursery is judged as 'outstanding' by Ofsted.2017
Four senior teachers gain accreditation as Specialist Leaders of Education from the East Sussex Teaching School Alliance Network.2017
Lindfield Primary Academy praised by the Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP for excellent phonics teaching.2017
Blackthorns Community Primary Academy ranked in the top ten schools in West Sussex.2018
Trust welcome the release of the Department for Education's Hastings Opportunity Area delivery plan.2018
Holmbush Primary Academy is judged as 'good' by Ofsted.2018
The Hastings Academy is judged as 'good' by Ofsted, with 'outstanding' leadership and management.2018
Blackthorns Community Primary Academy's excellent 2017 results recognised by the Schools, Students and Teachers network award, placing it in the top 20% of schools nationally.2018
Silverdale Primary Academy is judged as 'good' by Ofsted.2018
Blackthorns Community Primary Academy is judged as 'good' by Ofsted.2018
Lindfield Primary Academy maintains a ‘good’ rating from Ofsted with a recommendation for a further inspection to consider its potential for an ‘outstanding’ rating.2018
Blackthorns Community Primary Academy is judged as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.2018
The Baird Primary Academy is judged as ‘good’ by Ofsted overall, and in all five categories.2019