The University of Brighton works with young people in schools and colleges to encourage more students to consider the benefits of higher education. This is especially significant in the Hastings area where educational progression has historically been low.
The University of Brighton leads the Hastings Academies Trust, in conjunction with our co-sponsors, BT and East Sussex County Council. We have been the lead sponsor of two secondary academies, The Hastings Academy and The St Leonards Academy, since they opened in September 2011: these have been praised by school inspectors and are among the first to be rated 'good' within two years of opening.
The Trust expanded in 2013 to include three primary academies in Hastings and St Leonards – Dudley Infant Academy, The Baird Primary Academy and West St Leonards Primary Academy - where children are expected to progress into the secondary academies and on into higher education. Another three primary academies joined the trust in 2014 - Hollington Primary Academy, Robsack Wood Community Primary Academy and Churchwood Community Academy.
You can read more about the strategic interventions we have undertaken in this article (February 2014) on the Times Higher Education website: Regeneration through education in Hastings.
The University of Brighton Academies Trust was established in September 2014 to build on our relationships with schools in Sussex with the aim of transforming teaching and learning for the mutual benefit of pupils, academies and their staff, and local communities.