Schoolsworks Academy Trust

Our Core Values . . .

Schoolsworks Academy Trust

Maximising potential

Schoolsworks Academy Trust

Cultivating curiosity

Schoolsworks Academy Trust

Sustaining positive relationships

Schoolsworks Academy Trust

Developing the whole person

Schoolsworks Academy Trust

Being child centred

Schools

Pupils

Staff

Families

Latest News

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....

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...

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!