On 1 November 2017 we were granted academy status by the Secretary of State for Education and formed a multi-academy trust, known as the Lighthouse Learning Trust, in partnership with St Vincent College in Gosport.

The Trust operates according to the following guiding principles:

  • High quality teaching
  • Maximise teaching and learning resources
  • Inclusive and safe learning environments
  • Be accountable to our communities
  • Operate with integrity
  • Celebrate successes.

The creation of the Trust brings many benefits to both colleges, which are outlined below:

  • Improved student experience: More money can be spent on directly improving the student experience and the quality of teaching and learning
  • Raise quality and standards: Joint quality improvement strategies, best practice sharing, pooling of resources, unified planning and data analysis
  • Better offering, supports growth: First choice for those in our local community. Best possible education for students regardless of background or circumstances
  • Staff opportunities: Personal development, job opportunities, secondments, enhanced career progression, and greater job security
  • Financial savings: VAT exempt, reduced business rates, shared services model and improved cash flow
  • Investment opportunities: Can afford to make more investments in IT and teaching facilities (through joint economies of scale) and pursue innovative projects.

The Trust is governed by ‘members’ and each Trust academy operates a local governing body, which is appointed by the Trust board.

Local Governing Body
Declaration of interests

Becoming a governor
Our mission is to ‘Raise the aspirations and achievements of students of all ages and abilities, by providing outstanding education’. Join our Board of Governors and help us to achieve our mission.This voluntary role brings many rewards and we are keen to involve people of all ages and backgrounds. We are committed to promoting equality of opportunity and diversity, and actively seeks to recruit governors who possess the requisite skills and who reflect the composition of staff, students and community, which we serve.

Committee meetings are usually held during term-time only, and most take place in the early evening. Additional training sessions are held from time to time and Governors are encouraged to take up training in areas including Health and Safety, Finance, Equality and Diversity and Child Protection.

The Clerk to the Corporation, Andrew McVittie, is always interested to hear from anyone who would like to know more about becoming a governor or the work of the Corporation. Email

Richard Taunton accounts


Further accounts for the trust, since 2017, are available on the Lighthouse Learning Trust website.