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Careers In Education with the Schoolsworks Academy Trust

Schoolsworks Academy Trust is a growing school trust with 8 primary schools across the West Sussex coast. Each school retains its own identity and works closely with its locality schools and the local authority, while also benefiting from sharing knowledge, experience and good practice across the Trust.

Being part of the Trust allows schools to work closely together on projects with joint benefits, and to share some core functions to make the most efficient use of funds.

As a member of staff within the Trust, there are opportunities to collaborate with colleagues in other Trust schools through dedicated networks such as Early Career Teachers, subject leaders and year group teams. We also have a strong secondment programme which offers teachers the opportunity to work in other Trust schools for a period to gain experience or to share expertise across the Trust.

As an employer, Schoolsworks recognises many of the national agreements such as access to the Teachers or Local Government Pensions Schemes, sickness absence and maternity pay schemes, entitlements to PPA time and directed hours limits. Staff have access to a benefits programme with discounts and special offers made available through our payroll provider.

We are always on the lookout for exceptional talent to help us in our goal of delivering outstanding education.  

Teaching Assistant - Downsbrook Primary School 

  • Location: Downsbrook Primary School 
  • Salary: NJC Grade 3 (Scale point 3-4) £18,887 - £19,264 p.a. pro rata 
  • Closing date: Noon, Friday 30th September 2022
  • Ref: 100204
    Teaching Assistant

    Required from: October 2022 or soon as practicable
    Pay Scale: Grade 3, SCP 3-4
    Salary: £18,887 - £19,264 p.a. pro rata
    Contract: Permanent
    Hours: 27.5 hours per week, term time only

    We are looking for a positive, caring and well-motivated teaching assistant to work within this friendly and supportive school working with and supporting teachers Early Years groups. The role will involve classroom support, working with small class groups.

    This is a good opportunity to develop professionally in a forward looking learning environment and offers the chance to become part of a successful and developing team.

    Applicants should clearly state on the application form their current expertise and previous experience. Any previous medical or caring experience or training will be highly valuable for applicants. For a list of essential and/or desirable criteria please see the personal specification and job description available to download alongside this advert.

    Visits to the school are warmly welcomed. If you are interested in applying and would like to visit the school, please contact the school office either via email office@downsbrook.org or phone 01903 230467.

    The Schoolsworks Academy Trust and Downsbrook Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. This post is subject to successful DBS, health and qualifications checks and satisfactory references.
    Applications should be sent to the Office, Downsbrook Primary School, email dawn.charlton@schoolsworks.org

    Closing date:        Noon, Friday 30th September 2022
    Interview date:   Monday 10th October 2022

  • Full details Job Description  Job Specification  

    Application Form   

Office Manager - East Preston Junior School 

  • Location: East Preston Junior School 
  • Salary:  NJC Grade 6 (scale point 9 - 12) £21,269 - £22,571 p.a. pro rata 
  • Closing date: 12 noon on Friday 30th September 2022
  • Ref:100203
    Start date: October 2022
    Salary Range: Grade 6 (pt 9-12)
    Salary: £21,269 - £22,571 (pro rata, term time only)
    Hours: 35 hours per week (8.15am-3.45pm, with 30-minute lunch break)

    We are looking to appoint an Office Manager to join us at East Preston Junior School to run our busy office and ensure that the administrative management of the school is efficient. The successful candidate will take a lead on administering aspects of school life from finances to staffing, supported by the academy trust’s shared services team. The role also includes some first aid responsibilities.

    According to current staff, at EPJS you’ll find:
    * a supportive team who always ‘have your back’, professionally & personally
    * wellbeing as a high priority, so workload is always minimised
    * plenty of humour, and a community spirit in this village school
    * children, cared for with genuine heart, and their families who support the school

    The role would suit an experienced administrator who enjoys working with children, and has expertise in managing complex information confidentially and efficiently. Previous experience working with school administration would be particularly welcome, as would any experience in using Arbor or SIMS.

    Prospective candidates are encouraged to visit the school and meet with the headteacher to discuss the role. Visits can be arranged by contacting the school office at office@epjs.co.uk or 01903 785672. Full details of the application process are in the applicant information pack; completed applications should be submitted by email to office@epjs.co.uk.

    The Schoolsworks Academy Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. This post is subject to successful DBS, health and qualifications checks and satisfactory references.

    Closing date:     12 noon on Friday 30th September 2022
    Interview date: w/b Monday 10th October 2022

  • Full details Application Form   

Office Manager - Rustington Community Primary School 

  • Salary: NJC Grade 6 (scale point 9 - 12) £21,269 - £22,571 p.a. pro rata 
  • Closing date: 12 Noon, 30th September 2022
  • Office Manager
    Ref: 100202

    Required from:    October 2022
    Contract:               Permanent, 5 days per week, term time only
    Hours:                    32 hours per week, working times will be around the school opening                                         time

    Salary:                   Grade 6, scale point 9; £21,269 (full time equivalent)

    We are seeking to appoint an exceptional candidate as our Office Manager to join our friendly, supportive and forward-thinking school. The successful candidate will not necessarily have previous school experience, but will be highly motivated, positive, emotionally intelligent and enthusiastic about contributing to our whole-school improvement.

    Rustington Community Primary School is part of Schoolsworks Academy Trust. We have high expectations and a commitment to improve children’s learning and staff expertise. We have children who are keen to learn with enthusiastic and supportive staff, community council members and parents.

    The Office Manager will work under the local guidance of the Headteacher The main function of the role is to lead the school’s Administration Team and ensure its effective operation in providing business services to the school to support the provision of effective teaching and learning. This includes responsibility for day to day operations relating to some local finance, human resources administration, learning environment, aspects of health and safety, safeguarding and IT provision. Alongside this, the Office Manager will receive excellent back office support from the trust's Central Services Team based in Littlehampton.

    The successful candidate will:

    - Have exceptional organisational, administrative and IT skills.
    - Be proactive and demonstrate initiative, whilst being able to manage their time effectively.
    - Be emotionally intelligent, have excellent communication skills, be very approachable and be      able to establish excellent relationships with children, staff, parents and other stakeholders.
    - Have high expectations of themselves and others, be committed to achieving the best for the      school, every child and every staff member, and continuously strive to achieve this.
    - Be an excellent professional, team player and role model who can lead by example and will        support and promote the vision of the school.
    - Be reliable, diligent and maintain confidentiality.
    - Be enthusiastic to move their learning forward by taking on relevant support, advice and              training.
    - Be flexible and adaptable to work with the changing needs of the school and Academy Trust.

    The job description outlining the key responsibilities of the role is attached.

    Visits to the school are recommended.

    Please contact the school office to arrange your visit on 01903 785271 or email office@rustington.academy

    Applications should be forwarded to Rustington Community Primary School marked for the attention of Marie Smailes, Headteacher

    Schoolsworks Academy Trust is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and there is an expectation of all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

    This post is subject to successful DBS, health and qualifications checks and satisfactory references.

    Closing Date: 12 noon, 30th September 2022
    Interview Date: Wednesday 5th October 2022

  • Full details Job Description  Person Specification  

    Application Form  


  • Schoolsworks Academy Trust in West Sussex are always keen to hear from people willing to take on the role of Trustees with finance/accountancy, legal, academic or HR skills. Whilst we currently do not have any Board vacancies you are still welcome to make contact to discuss potential opportunities to volunteer with us in the future.  Board meetings are usually held in Littlehampton.
  • About the Trust
    Schoolsworks Academy Trust (the Trust) currently has seven schools, over 3,000 pupils and 400 staff. Trust schools are located between Worthing in the east to Selsey in the west along the south coast.
  • Trust ethos & values
    Schoolsworks is a multi-academy trust strongly driven by its values. In practice, these values translate into the aspiration to create small hubs of schools which work closely together to collaborate, share best practice and improve outcomes for children.
  • Role summary
    Trustees are also company directors of Schoolsworks and govenors of all our schools. The role is to support and to hold to account the executive and senior leadership team. The Board of Trustees manages the business of the Trust and may exercise all the powers of the Trust.
  • Person specification
    The Board is constantly seeking to expand its capacity to challenge and support the operations of the Trust.  Any applicants must have excellent communication skills with energy and enthusiasm to support the education of children and willingness to contribute to a team. Applicants must be team-players and willing to take time to familiarise themselves with the state-funded primary education sector. Candidates will preferably reside within 20 miles of Littlehampton. 
  • Contact
    For further information or an application form please contact one of the following: Norman Rose (Chair of the Board) norman.rose@schoolsworks.org or Louise Pope (Exec PA / Company Secretary) louise.pope@schoolsworks.org

School Community Council Members

  • We are seeking new School Community Council (SCC)* Members to provide local governance support for our schools and Headteachers. Our SCC’s play a valuable role in supporting our schools and in keeping each one effectively connected to its wider community. School Community Councils are made up of a mixture of staff, parents and members of the local community. Members of each SCC actively support the work of both the Trust and the school in delivering a high-quality education for our children. This governance role involves working with the school’s leadership team to keep the work of the school under constant review by acting as a critical friend.  All our schools are welcome to receive enquiries about joining their School Community Council, and their contact details can be found via this page.  

  • Usually, each SCC meets once or twice a term to discuss the school’s progress, focus, ethos and direction. In order to fulfil its function effectively, the work of the SCC is divided across six portfolios, with every SCC member being involved in at least one portfolio:
    • Teaching, Learning and Performance Portfolio (to raise standards of teaching and learning)
    • Safeguarding and Child Protection Portfolio (to ensure pupil happiness, welfare and safety)
    • Finance and Audit Portfolio (the efficient, appropriate and compliant use of local finances)
    • Health & Safety and Premises Portfolio (to ensure school premises are safe and secure and a positive learning environment)
    • Senior Leadership Team Liaison and School Support Portfolio (to support the academy school’s management team)
    • Community Engagement and Fundraising Portfolio (to ensure effective engagement within the school community)
    Training and induction are provided. The role is very rewarding and offers an excellent opportunity to volunteer, get involved in helping local children and play an active part in the community. The application process would involve the completion of an application form and a meeting with the Chair of the School Community Council and a representative of the Trust which looks after the school. A DBS check is also required once appointed. If you would like to find out more please contact Louise Pope in the first instance on 01903 739988 or email louise.pope@schoolsworks.org.*Schoolsworks School Community Councils replaced Local Governing Bodies in 2016

Teaching Staff – General Enquiries

  • We are always keen to hear from exceptional teachers that can help us deliver an outstanding education for our children. If you think you can add something to our pupils' lives please email HR  with a copy of your CV and a covering letter outlining your skills, salary expectations and current situation.

Teaching Support Staff – General Enquiries

  • We are always keen to hear from exceptional candidates that would like to help our teachers and leaders deliver an outstanding education to our children. If you think you can add something to our organisation please email HR with a copy of your CV and a covering letter outlining your skills, salary expectations and current situation.

Trust Support Staff – General Enquiries

  • We are always keen to hear from exceptional candidates that would like to become part of the Schoolsworks team. If you think you can add something to our organisation please email HR with a copy of your CV and a covering letter outlining your skills, salary expectations and current situation.