Schoolsworks Academy Trust

Our Core Values . . .

Schoolsworks Academy Trust

Maximising potential

Schoolsworks Academy Trust

Cultivating curiosity

Schoolsworks Academy Trust

Sustaining positive relationships

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Developing the whole person

Schoolsworks Academy Trust

Being child centred





Latest News

Talented Teachers Project – An Update

As a Trust we are passionate about developing, nurturing and encouraging good teaching. It will come as no surprise that we fundamentally believe that good teaching leads to positive outcomes – both for children and the professional development of staff. In a bid to harness, share and support good teaching we initiated a project to closely observe of a group of our well-performing teachers. The aim of the exercise was to identify whether they shared common characteristics and behaviours which could then replicated by colleagues wanting to...

After Headship . . . what next?

After Headship… what next? It was a quiet morning in early August when I packed up my final box of bits - a whistle, some books and big ball of blu tack - and finally left my headship at Rustington after 11 happy years. Driving five minutes across town, I found myself standing at my new desk in the Schoolsworks office, wondering where to put my tea bags. The transition from headship to being the Deputy Director of Teaching and Learning happened all too quickly. Transitions happen to all of us at some point or other and they’re not always...

Academisation – where’s it all going?

As a Trust, Schoolsworks is in its seventh year and seven is an interesting number (if you are into that sort of thing).  Sometimes described as the perfect number, in terms of organisational growth, seven years means that the stages of ‘forming’, ‘storming’ and ‘norming’ should now be complete.  Which raises the question, are we ‘performing’? To answer that question requires both a look within and outside the organisation.   A look within.. From the inside, my first response would be to say that we’ve learned that academisation is no miracle...

New Head Joins Downsbrook Primary School

Downsbrook Primary School has welcomed a new Head of School to its senior leadership team. Ms Just Jeffrey took up her post at the school earlier this month, joining from Ilderton Primary School in the London borough of Southwark where she was Deputy Head for Assessment and Curriculum at. Ilderton was rated Outstanding by Ofsted in 2015. We are very excited to welcome Just to Downsbrook, and the Schoolsworks Academy Trust. Just made a strong, positive impression in her interview with the school’s children and staff alike, and her work as...

Learning from Mr Amazon

Amongst my holiday reading I came across the letter that Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, wrote earlier this year to his shareholders. As one of the people who is undoubtedly shaping the world around us today, I pay attention when he writes about what he sees as important in the quest for high standards. ‘Raising standards’ is one of mantras of the academy movement, so surely there are things we can reflect on here in our field. High standards are teachable "People are pretty good at learning high standards simply through exposure," writes Bezos....

Staff Focus

Rhiannon West - Edward Bryant School

Hi! I’m Rhiannon and I’ve just finished my NQT year at Edward Bryant School. It was never my plan to stay in the area after graduating from university but after completing my final school placement at Edward Bryant, I knew I’d struck gold and so refused to leave! What set Edward Bryant apart from my other school placements was the incredibly welcoming and friendly atmosphere. I didn’t feel like a student, I felt instantly like part of the team and that feeling has only grown as I’ve been welcomed into the Schoolsworks Trust as a qualified teacher. Being part of an academy that so highly values the wellbeing of both staff and the children alleviates much of the stress that is commonly associated with teaching. Every moment of the day, I feel supported by my colleagues and I know there is always someone to lend a hand, share an idea with and even save me a slice of cake!