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Aurora - our sponsor


We are proud to be part of the Aurora Academies Trust, having joined five other schools in September 2017. Click here to find out more about Aurora.

To find out more about the other Aurora Academies, 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

As a group of schools we work closely together in a very collaborative and supportive way.


Tim McCarthy - Aurora Chief Executive Officer


Everyone at Aurora Academies Trust is thrilled that City Academy Whitehawk (CAW) joined us as our sixth school in September 2017. CAW is a very vibrant place, with wonderful children who are so full of potential and we believe that we can help it to become an outstanding school that provides a world class education for its children. Aurora’s motto is “Each Child, Every Day” which means that we consistently focus on meeting the needs of every young person in our care. CAW joins a group of six Aurora schools situated across the South East in East Sussex, West Sussex and Brighton & Hove. However it also becomes a member of a global network of schools through our sponsor links with Pansophic Learning, who operate schools in the US, The Middle East, Switzerland and Uganda.  All of CAW’s children and staff will be able to take advantage of these international links and to explore ideas that are at the forefront of educational development.

I am a former Physics and Maths teacher who has been the Headteacher of two secondary schools in the UK. In 2006 I became one of the first 50 Academy Principals in the country (there are now over 8,000!) and I have also been in charge of clusters of primary and secondary schools in The Middle East and India before taking up this post in 2012. I am married to Rachel and we have three children, who are all just about ready to fly the nest and go off to University (or so they tell us!). When I am not looking after Aurora’s schools I find comfort in watching Manchester United play (I am from Manchester, so it is allowed!) and have, of course, adopted Brighton FC as my second-favourite club!

I am a very regular visitor to all of our schools because I like to know what is actually happening in them, so children, parents and staff will get to know me well.  The future for CAW looks very bright indeed and, without any doubt, from this point on it is Onwards and Upwards!

Tim McCarthy

CEO Aurora Academies Trust

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