About the Academy

Aurora Education Trust (AET) has sponsored Aurora Academies Trust (AAT) and  operates four academies in East Sussex: Heron Park and Oakwood Primary Academies in Eastbourne, and King Offa and Glenleigh Park Primary Academies in Bexhill-on-Sea.

Our Vision

The mission of each AAT Academy is to provide pupils with the highest quality education so that they develop a global awareness and love of learning that prepares them for places at the best universities and the workplace of the 21st century.
Inspiring pupils to love learning

  • Exemplary  world class education
  • Highly-qualified and well trained teachers
  • Individualised instruction
  • Hands-on, interactive learning
  • Parent and community engagement
  • Safe, secure learning environments
  • Celebration of local culture and communities

AAT will ensure that the individual child at each Academy is the centre of everything we do. The curriculum, teacher preparation, and classroom design is planned with the specific social, emotional, and intellectual needs of the children in mind.  Each curriculum program is age and developmentally appropriate and designed to inspire pupils, families and teachers alike.

The new Heron Park Primary Academy opened in September 2012 offering pupils:

More opportunities – to make sure every pupil achieves the very best that they can, AAT’s focus would be on working with the Academy’s senior leaders and teachers to raise achievement through quality teaching, curriculum innovation, online assessment programmes, increased attendance and individualised paths for personal growth and development.

More choice – the Academy’s partnership with other primary Academies in AAT as well as with Pansophic Education schools internationally, means the Academy is able to share resources and experiences. The Academies work with partners both locally and internationally, meaning that pupils enjoy a wider range of learning and leisure experiences at school.

Improved teaching and learning – Aurora Academies Trust look at how things can be done differently and better and will make some changes immediately in the winter term 2012/13. They concentrate on improving standards throughout the school at a rapid pace, and improve the quality of teaching and learning through the introduction of a comprehensive staff training programme and online assessment.

Furthermore the new Academy:

Raises aspirations – through the introduction of a new philosophy and ethos, based on Pansophic Education’s proven philosophy used internationally, to bring educational improvements to schools, 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 would be held where parents and other members of the local community are invited to see what the children have been learning, chat with staff and become more engaged in their child’s education.

Have better resources – There have been some improvements to the physical environment carried out by the Department for Education in readiness for September 2012.