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





Latest News

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...


One of Schoolsworks' founding principles is 'sustaining positive relationships'. To that end we run a programme of peer mediation in all of our schools. The aim of the schemes is to give the children in each location the opportunity to play a positive part in sorting out their own disputes – training them to to help one another to resolve simple squabbles. The process works by introducing all our Key Stage 2 pupils – through their PSHE lessons - to the concept of peer mediation. In Year 6 the children are then given the opportunity to...

Downsbrook Primary School joins Schoolsworks

Downsbrook Primary School has completed its academy conversion and joined our Trust. A new Head of School, Ms. Just Jeffrey, has also been appointed, and she will take up the post in September 2018. The addition of Downsbrook Primary School takes the number of schools in our multi-academy trust to seven. We were chosen to sponsor Downsbrook, based in Worthing, after the school was placed in Special Measures following its Ofsted inspection in September 2017. As a result of this judgement, the Department for Education passed a Direct Academy...

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!