Academy trusts consult on merger plan

Published May 19, 2017

Lindfield Primary Academy is part of the University of Brighton Academies Trust.

A consultation was launched on 15 May 2017 on the proposal to merge the Hastings Academies Trust and the University of Brighton Academies Trust.

Both trusts’ Boards of Directors have agreed in principle to the merger that would bring together the two trusts that are both sponsored by the University of Brighton. 

Professor Chris Pole, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Brighton and Chair of the trusts said: “Our aim is for the merger to be a true blending of the trusts allowing us to capitalise on their strengths in line with the university’s commitment to supporting the trust through the next stage of its development.

“There is already considerable joint working across the trusts. The proposed merger makes sense as it would provide further opportunities to maximise our school improvement capacity and expertise, and share best practice in teaching and learning as well as achieving greater efficiencies.”

The merged trust, which would be named the University of Brighton Academies Trust, would create a family of 15 academies with 1,200 staff and 7,500 students across Sussex. 

Staff, parents/carers and members of the local community are invited to share their views by completing an online questionnaire - available at - or by attending one of a series of consultation meetings during the week commencing 5 June 2017. 

Subject to approval by the Department for Education, the merger would take place on 1 September 2017.