Westvale Park

Primary Academy

Always Children First

Aurora Academies

Aurora Academies Trust (AAT)


Welcome to Aurora Academies Trust. Aurora was founded in 2012 and we are now a family of seven schools operating in both East and West Sussex and Brighton & Hove.  In September 2020 we opened our seventh school, Westvale Park Primary Academy in Horley, Surrey.  We have over 400 employees currently working for us and we have almost 3,000 pupils in our academies and nurseries, a number that is continuing to rise.
Aurora Academies Trust is sponsored by Pansophic Learning who operate schools globally, mainly in the United States but also in Switzerland, the Middle East and in Africa. This means that Aurora’s academies are part of an international group of schools which has the added benefit of enabling us to share best practice with children and colleagues within Pansophic’s global network.  For instance, we have had a number of brilliant class-to-class communications (via web links, video and emails) and there is an annual teacher exchange each Spring Term between Aurora teachers with teachers from Banning Lewis Ranch Academy in Colorado.  These tangible links with Pansophic’s schools add another dimension to our very collaborative way of working and have been a powerful vehicle to help broaden the horizons of both Aurora’s children and staff alike. Pansophic’s Executive Vice-President, Martha Burnige provides very effective legal, governance and project management support to the Trust. Martha is also Chair of trustees.
At Aurora we do not dictate everything that our schools do. Instead we ask them to sign up to our philosophy, which is best articulated by our Aurora Visions and Values each of which support Student Achievement (in every sense). What Aurora provides is high class, bespoke support and challenge, which enables our academies to thrive. We encourage innovation and creativity and our school improvement ‘model’ has emerged from best practice within. Our academies work in a spirit of genuine collaboration and we meet regularly and communicate swiftly and effectively. Aurora’s school improvement work is led by CEO James Freeston,  who also utilises his experience as a current Ofsted Lead Inspector to train our academies’ senior leaders in the Education Inspection Framework. 
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Aurora Academies Trust

Glenleigh Park Primary Academy

Gunters Lane


East Sussex 

TN39 4ED


01424 213611

Company Number: 08107711