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St Nicolas & St Mary CE Primary School

The governors of St Nicolas and St Mary CE Primary School, Shoreham, have passed a resolution to become an academy and join the Trust. St Nicolas and St Mary CE Primary School’s mission statement is ‘Journey together, guided by God, to do the BEST we can’. The school not only wants to ‘journey together’ with its parents and local community but within the broader context of a strong trust.

Its Christian values, which are at the heart of all that it does, are: hope, respect, friendship, creativity and compassion.

The school has grown from 1FE to 2FE over the last five years and has had major building works to accommodate the additional children. It has a pre-school, ‘Little Fishes Nursery’. The school is currently graded ‘good’ by Ofsted and ‘Outstanding’ by SIAMS.

For more information about St Nicolas & St Mary, do visit their website:

St Clement CE Primary Academy

St Nicolas and St Mary CE Primary School successfully applied to the Department for Education to set up a new ‘sister’ primary school in Shoreham. The local population is expected to increase and the new ‘Free School’, which will be part of the trust, aims to create more school places and meet the aspirations of local parents. 

The Free School is named after St Clement, the patron saint of mariners – perfect for a school in a seaside town with a busy harbour. This nautical theme will be reflected in the school’s curriculum and cross-curricular work. 

THE LATEST NEWS: In January 2021, following a review of 'basic need', the DfE decided that there was insufficient demand for places and that the project should not proceed. This is despite 1000's of homes being built in the area.  Then, in February 2021 the Local Authority published 'Planning Pupil Places' indicated that a new school would indeed be required due to development in Shoreham Harbour area.  The trust will re-open talks with the DfE to open a new school when demand for places start to rise. 

Other Schools

A number of schools are considering, or are in the process of, joining the trust. This includes schools from Crawley to Brighton & Hove and the surrounding area.  One school is currently undertaking a consultation and due diligence about joining BOAT.  

If you would like further information about the trust, please contact David Etherton 


As schools join the trust, local ‘hubs’ of schools will be established in each geographical area. The purpose of the hubs is to bring together local BOAT academies to work collaboratively together and serve their local communities in partnership with others. This could include other schools and trusts, local authorities, universities, teaching school alliances, and other professionals as well as local churches and community groups.


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