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Highbury Primary School

Our School Trust

Proud to be part of the University of Chichester Academy Trust

Highbury Primary School and Nursery is a proud member of the University of Chichester Academy Trust. As an academy, Highbury Primary is a state-funded school working with other like-minded schools and the University of Chichester to provide an exceptional education experience for our pupils. We remain guided by the national education framework but have greater freedom to make choices and share expertise and opportunities. We support the Vision of the Trust ‘for all young people to be inspired by an excellent education that raises their aspirations and enriches their lives’ and its mission ‘to create a vibrant inclusive and aspirational family of academies, transforming life chances for pupils through excellent teaching and learning’.

Our links to the University of Chichester

The University of Chichester Academy Trust is a Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) and aims to develop a family of 30 academies based on geographical groups in the region. Being part of the Trust provides Highbury Primary with exciting opportunities to share expertise and resources with other academies as well as to access support from the University and from Trust professional staff.

Highbury Primary benefits greatly from a continuing programme of curriculum support and enhancement provided by the Trust and expert colleagues from the University of Chichester. The University’s Institute of Education has a distinguished history of teacher training that goes back over 150 years and is noted for its professional learning programmes for teachers and high-quality education research. We provide teacher placements for trainee teachers and students enhance our curriculum offer by supporting art, PE, and music projects among other things.

Academy Governance

The University of Chichester Academy Trust is a single organisation with a Board of Trustees:  its members are company directors and charity trustees and neither the Trust nor the University makes any profit from its academies.

The Board delegates day-to-day running of each academy to the Local Governing Body (LGB) which reports back to the Board. The level of delegation may be different for each academy. Enquiries about Highbury Primary’s governance should be made in the first instance to the Chair of the LGB, Ms Pauline Jeffs.

Contact the Academy Trust

The University of Chichester Academy Trust welcomes your enquiries and comments.   Please get in touch with us at:


T: 01243 616 444

Or visit the Trust website at