Our Academies

Our academies work with each other and trust colleagues, sharing best practice to make lasting improvements for their pupils, staff and communities. Our academies are clustered in geographical hubs. Click the links below to read more about our academies.

In 2016 the trust received approval from the Department for Education for its proposal to open a new secondary school in Brighton and Hove. Read more about The Brighton and Hove Academy.

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Principal: Marianne Brand
Academy type: primary
Joined trust: April 2015
DfE number: 938/2221
Ofsted grade: Good (2012)

Blackthorns Community Primary Academy identifies and values the strengths of every pupil so they can achieve their potential and become lifelong learners. The academy has a published admissions number of 30 and capacity of 210 pupils, although there is currently an additional ‘bulge’ year group moving up through the academy. It also hosts a special facility for up to 8 children with additional learning needs and speech, language and communication difficulties.

home3 Blackthorns Close, Lindfield, West Sussex, RH16 2UA
phone01444 454866
Co - Principals: Tracy Curl and Ros Collett
Academy type: primary
Joined trust: September 2014
DfE number: 845/2148
Ofsted grade: Good (2017)

Situated in the picturesque setting of Church Wood, this academy has a large playing field, its own Forest School and two acres of beautiful woodland. Churchwood is committed to working in partnership with parents, working tirelessly to ensure high aims and high achievement. Churchwood Primary Academy has a published admissions number of 30 and total capacity of 210 pupils. The academy also hosts a nursery for children aged from 2 years

homeChurch in the Wood Lane, St Leonards on Sea, East Sussex, TN38 9PB
phone01424 852326
Principal: Krista Elledge
Academy type: primary
Joined trust: February 2017
DfE number: 938/2244
Ofsted grade: Good (2012)

Desmond Anderson Primary Academy is a dynamic, happy academy, catering for Reception to Year 6 children. It is an expanding school, which now has a published admissions number of 60 and will have a total capacity of 420 pupils. The academy also has a special facility for up to 20 pupils with autism and a nursery for children aged from 2 years.

homeAnderson Rd, Tilgate, Crawley, West Sussex, RH10 5EA
phone01293 525596
Acting Principal: Stuart Maclean | Principal: Jane Ireland | Lead Principal: Frances Robinson
Academy type: primary
Joined trust: November 2013
DfE number: 845/2128

Dudley Infant Academy’s leaders feel that by working together as a group of schools they will be able to provide the best education for all pupils. Dudley Infant Academy has a published admissions number of 60 and a total capacity of 180 pupils.

homeHarold Road, Hastings, East Sussex, TN35 5NJ
phone01424 422981
Principal: Julie Reece | Executive Principal: John Smith
Academy type: primary
Joined trust: September 2014
DfE number: 845/2170
Ofsted grade: Good (2017)

Hollington Primary Academy has a published admissions number of 60 and total capacity of 420 pupils. Its buildings are surrounded by large grassy areas and sports facilities. The academy also hosts a nursery for children aged from 2 years.

homeHollington Old Lane, St Leonards on Sea, East Sussex, TN38 9DS
phone01424 851783
Principal: Rebecca Jackson
Academy type: primary
Joined trust: April 2015
DfE number: 938/2166
Ofsted grade: Good (2013)

Holmbush Primary Academy provides a safe, attractive and stimulating learning environment for over 200 pupils ages 4 to 11. The classrooms are extremely well resourced; light, bright and airy and much larger than average-sized primary classrooms. It has a published admissions number of 30 and total capacity of 210 pupils. It also hosts Little Learners, a nursery for 3 and 4 year olds.

homeHawkins Crescent, Shoreham by Sea, West Sussex, BN43 6TN
phone01273 592471
Principal: Marcus Still
Academy type: primary
Joined trust: September 2015
DfE number: 938/2257
Ofsted grade: Good (2014)

Lindfield Primary Academy is a happy and friendly academy focused on learning. Its pupils are polite, respectful, well behaved and proud. The academy is a well-resourced setting where high expectations, good teaching and a dedicated staff mean each pupil, as an individual, is both supported and challenged, whatever their ability. It has a published admissions number of 90 and total capacity of 630 pupils.

homeSchool Lane, Lindfield, West Sussex, RH16 2DX
phone01444 482524
Head of School: Amy Watson | Executive Principal: Julie Knock
Academy type: primary
Joined trust: September 2015
DfE number: 938/2150
Ofsted grade: Outstanding (2014)

Pound Hill Infant Academy is a welcoming, inspiring school which strives to ensure that all pupils reach their potential. Every pupil is treated as an individual and provided with a happy, engaging environment where they can flourish. It has a published admissions number of 90 and total capacity of 270 pupils. Pound Hill is also a national teaching school, which leads the Southern Collaborative Learning Partnership Teaching School Alliance.

homeCrawley Lane, Pound Hill, Crawley, West Sussex, RH10 7EB
phone01293 873975
Prinicpal: Caroline Thayre
Academy type: primary
Joined trust: September 2014
DfE number: 845/2161
Ofsted grade: Outstanding (2010)

Robsack Wood is an exciting, exuberant and welcoming academy where children from 3 months to 11 years old flourish in a safe and stimulating environment. The academy has impressive facilities - including extensive grounds with a large grassed playing field, adjacent woodlands, garden areas and animal areas with chickens and ducks - to ensure pupils are able to learn in exceptional environments that promote creativity and motivation. It has a published admissions number of 60 and total capacity of 420 pupils. The academy hosts a nursery for children aged from 3 months.

homeWhatlington Way, St Leonards on Sea, East Sussex, TN38 TE
phone01424 853521
Principal: Liz Miles
Academy type: primary
Joined trust: February 2015
DfE number: 845/2127

Silverdale Primary Academy has extensive and beautiful grounds and very large playing fields, as well as an indoor heated swimming pool on site, a rainforest themed library, a Forest Schools outdoor learning area and a large bank of ICT resources. It has a published admissions number of 90 and total capacity of 630 pupils.

homePerth Road, St Leonards on Sea, East Sussex, TN37 7EA
phone01424 448100
Principal: Carly Welch | Executive Principal: John Smith
Academy type: primary
Joined trust: January 2014
DfE number: 845/2011

The Baird Primary Academy has a team of talented professionals who share the aspiration that Every Child Succeeds. The academy offers a creative and innovative curriculum to excite and engage all pupils. It has a published admissions number of 60 and total capacity of 420 pupils, although there is currently an additional ‘bulge’ year group moving up through the academy. The academy also hosts a nursery for children aged from 3 years.

homeParker Road, Hastings, West Sussex, TN34 4TH
phone01424 425670
Principal: Jon Francies
Academy type: secondary
Joined trust: September 2016
DfE number: 938/4012
Ofsted grade: awaiting first inspection

At The Burgess Hill Academy pupils experience an innovative and dynamic approach to learning in all their lessons, as well as high-quality pastoral care. The academy is committed to ensuring that every pupil leaves with the qualifications, enrichment experiences and employability skills they need for life. It has a published admissions number of 240 and total capacity of 1200.

homeThe Burgess Hill Academy, Station Road, Burgess Hill, West Sussex, RH15 9EA
phone01444 241691
Principal: Stuart Smith
Academy type: secondary
Joined trust: September 2011
DfE number: 845/4612

The Hastings Academy has a formidable reputation for high standards and innovation, delivered by a team of talented professional staff. It has a published admissions number of 180 (900 pupils in total) and hosts a special facility for up to 20 young people with speech, language and communication difficulties. The academy moved into a brand new building in February 2013 and year 7 is now oversubscribed for entry.

homeRye Road, Hastings, East Sussex, TN35 5DN
phone01424 711950
Principal: Kay Tinsley
Academy type: secondary
Joined trust: September 2011
DfE number: 845/4611
Ofsted grade: Good (2017)

The St Leonards Academy was nationally recognised for its exceptional 2016 performance by the Schools, pupils and Teachers network (SSAT). Educational Outcomes data analysis from SSAT has shown that the academy is in the top 10% of schools nationally for progress. The academy has a published admissions number of 300 (1500 pupils in total) and hosts a special facility for up to 25 young people with physical disabilities and severe autism.

homeEdinburgh Road, St Leonards on Sea, East Sussex, TN38 8HH
phone01424 448740
Principal: Frances Robinson
Academy type: primary
Joined trust: November 2013
DfE number: 845/2007
Ofsted grade: Good (2016)

West St Leonards Primary Academy has a published admissions number of 60 and total capacity of 420 pupils. The academy also hosts a special facility for up to 12 children with moderate learning difficulties and physical disabilities.

homeHarley Shute Road, East Sussex, St Leonards on Sea, TN38 BX
phone01424 422080