Aurora Academies Blog & News


We are proud to announce that City Academy Whitehawk (CAW), Brighton and Hove’s only primary academy, will join Aurora Academies Trust on 1st September 2017.  This decision has been formally approved by the Regional Schools Commissioner. CAW will join AAT’s West Sussex and Brighton regional Cluster under the leadership of Paul Reilly, Regional Director for […]

CEO Update 20/01/17 – Aurora is officially one of the highest ranked Multi Academy Trusts (MATs) in the country!

Yesterday (19th Jan) the DFE published Performance Tables ranking all the Multi-Academy Trusts (MATs) in the country who have been operating schools for three years or more.  MATs were ranked on the 2016 progress measures in their portfolio of schools for Reading, Writing and Maths at KS2 (clearly we have no data as yet for KS4 at […]

CEO Update 17/11/16 – Aurora launches its Primary Writing Project!

Today at the wonderfully impressive All Saints Chapel in Eastbourne, all of our AAT Primary staff are engaged in a ‘Big Writing Day’ professional development training session, the first of a series of training days to be held over the next two years. The Primary Writing Project, designed by nationally acclaimed former Head and Ofsted inspector, Pie Corbett, […]

The Gatwick School joins Aurora Academies Trust!

The Gatwick School (TGS), an all-through free school for children aged 4-16 which opened in Sept 2014, is now formally part of the Aurora family of schools, bringing the number of schools in Aurora Academies Trust (AAT) to five.  TGS is located on Manor Royal Business District in Crawley, West Sussex, and it currently has primary-aged […]

Oakwood Primary Academy OfSTED report – July 2016

Ofsted judged Oakwood Primary Academy as being ‘Good’ in all areas in July 2016.  This demonstrates the impact of high quality leadership and teamwork at all levels.  The link to the Ofsted inspection report is below:

Heron Park Primary Academy OfSTED report – May 2016

Three out of the 5 areas have been judged as Good, and although we recognise that we still have work to do to ensure a more consistent standard of teaching, there are some great elements to our work, as evidenced by the following quotes ‘All children who transfer to the Reception class from the Nursery […]

Aurora Academies Trust Ofsted Reports 2014

OFSTED SUCCESS FOR AAT ACADEMIES There have been significant improvements since the 4 predecessor schools coverted to Aurora Academies Trust in Sept 2012. Firstly, in May 2013 the nursery at Oakwood was judged to be Outstanding in all areas OAKWOOD NURSERY OFSTED REPORT PUBLISHED 3 MAY 2013   Between April and July 2014 all four AAT academies received […]


Message from the CEO: A very warm welcome to our new-look website. I very much hope that you will find the information you are looking for on here! Aurora Academies Trust (AAT) is a multi-academy trust that has been operating four schools in East Sussex since September 2012.  Our predecessor schools had a long history of underperformance […]