Schoolsworks Academy Trust

Our Core Values . . .

Schoolsworks Academy Trust

Maximising potential

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Cultivating curiosity

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Sustaining positive relationships

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Developing the whole person

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Being child centred





Latest News

Schoolsworks short story writing competition

Pupils from all 7 Schoolsworks schools took part in the first ever trust short story writing competition this term. The challenge was to produce a creative short story about a subject or theme of the children’s choice. The winners and runner-ups across three age categories received book vouchers with the three outright winners taking home a £20 book voucher each. In addition, all winners and runners-up have had their stories published in a special collection that will be available to read and enjoy in every Schoolsworks school’s library....

Five questions for our MAT if we are serious about School Improvement

Five Questions for our MAT if we are serious about School Improvement One of the most respected thinkers on multi-academy trusts is Robert Hill, once a senior civil servant in the DfE and now an education consultant.  A couple of years ago he wrote a very compelling blog post here on what distinguishes the well-performing MATs from the rest.  I wanted to round off the year by turning some his observations into direct challenges to us, and am happy to share some comments on some actions we are taking on the points raised:   1. Do we know our...

What does good school governance look like?

The key turning point in the long and winding road of my story was when I became a parent governor at our children’s local primary school in 1999.  Since then, good governance has been a key theme of the distinctive way in which we have sought to build things here in Schoolsworks Academy Trust. We have three key tiers of governance in our MAT, but the principles of what looks good should apply to them all. There are lots of summaries of what good governance looks like out there, but here are 5 key questions I would like to pose to help...

MAT dilemmas – centralise or give autonomy?

There is never a dull moment being in the leadership team of a multi-academy trust. The diversity of challenges in leading MATs is mirrored not only by the differences of MATs in character and culture, but also by the range of local authority responses to MATs and academisation. One of the enduring frustrations for MATs is that element of media hype - massively fuelled by certain websites, social media thought leaders and tabloids - that creates a caricature of MATs as aggressively acquisitive organisations bent on growth at all costs, driven...

New Headteacher joins Rustington Community Primary School

Marie Smailes joins Rustington Community Primary School as New Headteacher One of the first school’s in the Schoolsworks Multi-Academy Trust, Rustington Community Primary, has welcomed a new Head of School to its senior leadership team. Mrs Marie Smailes took up her post at the school in April 2018, and will work alongside Nick White, Executive Head, to lead the 59 staff and 504 pupils. Mrs Smailes was previously Deputy Head of a Federation in Horsham - which consisted of an Infant and a Junior school - where she completed four successful...

Staff Focus

Shannon Lasham

My name is Shannon and I’m a Mid-day Meals Supervisor at Rustington Community Primary School. I help the children with their lunch and then help supervise their playtime.

I only ever see happy children and the atmosphere here is great. My favourite moment recently was a massed game of Duck-Duck-Goose with about 60 children!