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Our School

Welcome to The Hastings Academy, which is part of The University of Brighton Academies Trust.

As principal, I take great pride in leading the school and supporting your child in their educational journey. The school mantra, ‘pride through success’ sits at the core of my own educational philosophy and influences all that we do as a school. As a staffing body we really do seek to get to know our students and ensure that our curriculum is both ambitious and tailored to every child and their individual needs. As a parent, your children are central to your life and, as a school, they carry just as much importance to us.

Our core aim is to ensure we are ‘nurturing within our community; aspiration, self-worth, courage, a respect for learning, the drive for a successful personal and collective future and the desire for all to achieve and prosper. All students are inspired to respect – aspire – achieve.

We believe that The Hastings Academy should provide our young people with both the currency and character to succeed. We work hard to nurture our students to unlock and achieve their potential. All of our students are educated to enter the adult world with a strong moral compass and a real sense of resilience, armed with the key skills that will allow them to succeed in their next steps of education or employment. Our innovative curriculum enables them to gain the best qualifications, acquire flexible life-long learning skills, and be ready to act responsibly as global citizens. We also promote the social, moral, spiritual and cultural development of our pupils, including a recognition and understanding of fundamental British values.

A key factor in ensuring your child is successful is the communication and mutual support between the parents and the school. We will aim to communicate successes, both holistically and on an individual student level, whenever we can. Behind all that we do are incredibly high expectations and we will directly communicate any issues with you to ask for your support. Crucial people in your child’s school career will be their form tutor and the head of house, and I would encourage all parents to develop a professional working relationship with these key advocates for your child.

The Hastings Academy is successful in a great many ways. For all the very latest news, events, calendar dates and further information about our school, please visit other pages on this website, and don’t forget to sign up to our social media accounts.

The best way to find out about our school is to come and see for yourself. Our doors are always open, and we would be delighted to share our experience and time with you. 

Simon Addison

We are part of a family of academies

We are proud to be part of the University of Brighton Academies Trust, a distinguished organisation dedicated to nurturing and supporting infant, primary, and secondary academies throughout Sussex.

As a family of academies, we collectively pursue common goals and ambitions guided by our shared mission, vision, and values.

Our association with the University of Brighton lends invaluable enrichment to the Trust. Drawing upon their esteemed sponsorship and extensive experience in working with schools, we strive to create an environment where our pupils are not only inspired to excel but also cultivate a lifelong passion for learning.

The benefits of being an academy include:

  • Access to expert advice and support from our lead sponsor, the University of Brighton, to further develop our teaching
  • Support and expertise from a dedicated professional services team, who help all our academies grow and develop every year
  • Curriculum freedoms; as an academy we can develop learning that really excites children
  • The continuation of our distinctive and inclusive ethos
  • The resources we need to move our good school to outstanding.

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