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Aurora Academies Trust


In 2017, City Academy Whitehawk was very proud to become an Aurora Academies Trust academy. We have excellent, collaborative working relationships with our network of seven settings and benefit from sharing expertise.


Our Headteacher, Mr. McMorrin, became the Interim Executive Headteacher of another AAT school (Heron Park Primary Academy) and we were very proud to achieve a richly deserved judgement of Good in our May 2022 Ofsted inspection.


To find out more about the other Aurora Schools, please click below:


Bexhill: King Offa Primary Academy

Bexhill: Glenleigh Park Primary Academy

Eastbourne: Heron Park Primary Academy

Eastbourne: Oakwood Primary Academy

Crawley: The Gatwick School

Horley: Westvale Primary Academy


For more information about Aurora Academies Trust please click below. 



James Freeston - Chief Executive Officer


James has worked for the Trust since it was formed in September 2012, initially as Headteacher of King Offa Primary Academy before taking on Executive Headship of schools within the Trust. Prior to this he held senior leadership positions in a number of schools and has taught internationally. He has a strong record in bringing about rapid school improvement and building sustainable and successful schools. James is also vice chair of East Sussex Schools Forum, Chairs the Rother, Rye and Hastings Education Improvement Partnership and is a member of the East Sussex Primary Board. In addition to this, James has significant experience of conducting Ofsted inspections as a contracted inspector.

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