What makes children successful? When they believe in their best.
We challenge and support our students so that they aim high. Academic learning is our central focus, backed up by a strong belief in enhancing our students’ wellbeing and creating employable adults for the future.
It’s an exciting time for our Academy. Classrooms and science labs have been updated and improved and we’ve revitalised outdoor areas fit for today’s students.
In 2019, Ofsted graded us as Good in all areas.
Join us on our journey to success
Jon Francies, Principal
We support each and every student to believe in themselves. We encourage high academic aspirations and our teachers work closely with every individual to help them meet their ambitions.
Our curriculum is broad, and balanced. It allows students to develop the skills and knowledge that they need to be successful both while here, and in the future.
When they join us in Key Stage 3, students are grouped into sets for core subjects according to ability. In Year 7 they also study two foreign languages and can then choose which to continue with. Up to Year 10, all students study Citizenship which helps to develop their personal understanding of the world and the choices they can make within it.
During Year 9, we work with our students on their GCSE selections. In addition to the core curriculum (including the choice of three sciences or the ‘double award’ science) we offer a wide range of additional subjects, catering to students’ personal interests and abilities.
Before our students even join us, we make sure we are looking out for them. We run sessions for them to meet their teachers and peers from other primary schools, as well as hosting a full-day of activities for them with their future tutor group. When they arrive in Year 7, we have a buddy system to help new pupils settle in and a pastoral member of staff looking out for their welfare.
Equally when our students leave us, we offer all the support they need. We have a dedicated member of staff who supports students as they plan their next moves into further education or training. We also run The Edge, a national programme which builds up skills fit for the workplace.
During their years with us, we make sure each student has daily contact with their form tutor who keeps checks on their academic progress and welfare. And we have regular meetings with parents and carers so that we are all working together.
The Academy is organised into year groups for social and competitive activities which fosters a positive attitude and creates a sense of belonging.
Whether it’s through our enterprise education programme, or fundraising for charity, we have close and valuable links with the local community. And that’s not just local businesses, but also other schools, colleges and universities.
In school, the students have their opportunity to contribute to how we run things by joining the student parliament.
We also value the input that our parents and carers can have as part of the school community. Each term we hold a Parents’ Forum where groups of parents can focus in on particular issues. Recent topics to come under discussion have been homework and reports to parents.
You’re a credit to our community and a top school, I’m very pleased and proud to have chosen you to educate my children.
We are part of the University of Brighton Academies Trust. A family of 15 infant, primary and secondary schools in Sussex, all graded as Good or Outstanding by Ofsted.
Excellence, innovation and integrity are the values that guide us. We support each other, sharing insights and best practice so we never stop improving. Our mission is to deliver the best possible education for your child.
Being part of the Trust links us to the University of Brighton: a trusted education provider. We work closely with the University’s School of Education which Ofsted has judged as Outstanding for its teacher training programmes.
Trustees and the executive team are determined to improve pupils’ life chances through providing high-quality education for all of the pupils in their schools. They maintain a sharp and unerring focus on school improvement.
Choosing the right school for your child is an important and personal decision.
The best place to start is by planning a visit. Please get in touch so you can get a real feel of what we offer.