About Us

Aurora Education Trust (AET) operates  6 academies through Aurora Academies Trust (AAT). They are Glenleigh Park, King Offa (Bexhill on Sea), Heron Park (Eastbourne), Oakwood (Eastbourne), the Gatwick School (Crawley) and City Academy Whitehawk.  You can find out how the schools are funded at Aurora Academies Trust’s website auroraacademies.org.

AAT was established to provide:

More opportunities – to make sure every pupil achieves the very best that they can, AAT’s focus is on working with the Academies senior leaders and teachers to raise achievement through the curriculum innovation, regular and targeted assessment, increased attendance and individualised paths for personal growth and development.

More choice – Each Academy partners with other primary academies in the Aurora Academies Trust which means they are able to share resources and experiences. AAT academies work with partners both locally and internationally, meaning that pupils enjoy a wider range of learning experiences which enhance their personal, spiritual, moral and cultural education.

Improved teaching and learning – Aurora Academies Trust encourages what is good and builds on strengths. We look to see how things can be done better and are never afraid to take risks and to innovate. AAT concentrates on continually improving standards throughout our academies at a rapid pace and by improving the quality of teaching and learning through the introduction of a comprehensive staff training programme and regular, targeted assessment.


Raise aspirations – through the introduction of a new philosophy and ethos, to bring educational improvements to our academies, pupils and communities worldwide. All pupils have individualised paths for personal growth and development, with a focus on pupil self-awareness and self-esteem.

Increase Parent engagement and involvement – Regular community events are held where parents and other members of the local community are invited to see what the children have been learning, meet with staff and become more engaged in their child’s education.

Have better resources – Through being part of a group of academies we use our collective strength to bring about improvements to classroom environments and buildings.

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