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...

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Squabble-busting

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...

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Talented Teachers Group

Evidence over a number of years has continued to confirm a single truth about the difference between good pupil attainment and anything less than good: good teaching leads to good outcomes. Yet producing and sustaining a staffroom of consistently talented teachers has...

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Lessons learned from a school in Special Measures

Even before I was working in education full-time, the work of Professor Ken Robinson arrested my attention. His TED talks are a source of inspiration on how to put priorities in the appropriate order and do things right, even when the pressure is to meet someone...

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An unbalanced life . . .

Received wisdom is that in life we should strive for balance.  Yet, when I think back at the times in my life when I have felt most happy or fulfilled, they have probably been the most unbalanced of times. Falling in love.  Writing a book.  Visiting children in a war...

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My first few weeks as a new Head of School . . .

Michael Tidd, Head of School at Medmerry Primary School in Selsey shares his thoughts on his first few weeks at a new school I can’t really remember my first half term as a qualified teacher, but I’m fairly certain I enjoyed it. Inevitably I had been given a...

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A Headteacher’s personal thoughts on joining Schoolsworks

My personal thoughts on joining Schoolsworks East Preston Junior School (EPJS) is a friendly and happy school situated in the beautiful coastal village of East Preston. “Enjoyment and Excellence in all that we are and all that we do” is our school motto: we aim to...

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The maddest of times . . . .

Last weekend I was fortunate enough to see a wonderful production of King Lear at Chichester. I admit that my initial reason for buying the tickets was a bit shallow; I didn’t want to miss the chance to see Sir Ian McKellen while he is still in full pomp. His Gandalf...

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Don’t look back in anger . . .

2016-2017 was certainly the strangest year in the life of our young multi-academy trust. Having grown from a single academy in 2012 to 5 academy schools with a free school in pre-opening by the end of 2015-2016, our stock seemed to be reasonably high at that time....

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Try a Little Mindfulness

With apologies to Otis Redding for the title, I want to introduce an idea that has helped me over the past few months as a leader. Mindfulness is clearly ‘on trend’ these days; I’m sure you will have heard of it and I have occasionally encountered it being discussed...

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New Headteacher joins Rustington Community Primary School

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,...

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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...

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MAT Measures – Multi Academy Trust League Tables

The DfE recently published its MAT Measures performance league tables, showing the progress data of Multi-Academy Trusts that have been open with more than one school for at least 3 years. The document, published earlier this term, does carry to caveat that ranking...

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Schoolsworks Children Enjoy Fairytale Trip

Schoolsworks Children Enjoy Fairytale Trip This month a group of 20 able and talented writers from two Schoolsworks schools came together for a visit to Chichester Festival Theatre. The children enjoyed a performance of Chichester Youth Theatre’s Beauty and the Beast,...

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Rose Green Junior School Awarded Good Ofsted Rating

Rose Green Junior School Awarded Good Ofsted Rating Rose Green Junior School, which joined Schoolsworks in 2014, has secured a ‘Good’ judgement from Ofsted, following an inspection in September 2017. The inspectors noted that the school has seen “significant...

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Schoolsworks first sponsoring opportunity

On Tuesday, 14th November the Secretary of State for Education issued an Academy Order requiring Downsbrook Primary School in Worthing to convert and become an academy. This is because an Ofsted inspection in September found the school to require special measures. The...

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Edward Bryant School Retains Good Ofsted Rating

Edward Bryant School Retains Good Ofsted Rating Edward Bryant School in Bognor, Schoolsworks’ first academy school, has secured another Good rating from Ofsted, following an inspection in September 2017. The inspectors noted that the leadership team and teachers had...

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2017 SATs Results and Analysis

We are very pleased to report significant improvements in our pupils’ performance data in the national assessment tests, or SATs results, published this week. The national average for children attaining the Expected Standard in reading, writing and maths at Year 6 has...

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Michael Tidd Appointed Operational Headteacher

We’re delighted to announce Michael Tidd as the newly appointed Operational Headteacher at Medmerry Primary School. Currently the Deputy Headteacher at Edgewood Primary School in Nottinghamshire, Mr Tidd will be relocating to West Sussex ahead of joining the...

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East Preston Junior School Joins Schoolsworks

Following its successful application for academy conversion, East Preston Junior School will officially join Schoolsworks Academy Trust later this year. We worked closely with Headteacher, Kathy Lockyear, and members of the trust to make this happen, and look forward...

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River Beach Primary School – Sailing into the summer term

River Beach – Sailing into the summer term. Here is a flavour of some of the exciting events that make up how River Beach delivers the curriculum and more besides.  Please look at our website and Facebook page to see so much more. A real live author! As part of the...

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Edward Bryant School news

The staff of Edward Bryant School have just (well, January) performed their annual pantomime to two sell out crowds!  The children and parents were treated to a special performance of Snow White and The Nine Trolls, with Mrs Field playing the lead role.  Everyone had...

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East Preston Junior School news

East Preston Junior School Choir perform at the O2 Arena Written by Giselle and Zoe (year 6.) One choir. One arena. One performance. For the last 20 years, Young Voices has staged the largest children's choir concerts in the world. It’s organised by people who believe...

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Rustington Community Primary School News

With the conclusion of the three-form extension project, life at Rustington is now getting back to normal. Making good use of some Sports Premium money, a new and extended climbing wall has been fitted to the rear of the new hall, allowing greater access for all...

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River Beach Primary School News

We are well into the Autumn term and at a good place to share some of the ways we focus on our place in the wider community! As with all schools, River Beach is required to have a Travel Plan, promoting sustainable transport, with a curriculum area on the reasoning...

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Medmerry School News

A new academic year and Medmerry has welcomed a new Headteacher, Michael Tidd. Michael joins us from a Primary School in Hucknall, Nottinghamshire and has now relocated to the sunny south! He said “It has been a real pleasure to join the Schoolsworks Trust, and...

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Rose Green Junior School News

The children have particularly enjoyed the performing arts this term – with our Year 5 children presenting an extraordinary production of The Jungle Book and the Year 3 class putting on their fabulous production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – in 4D no less!...

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EAST PRESTON JUNIOR SCHOOL

East Preston Junior School This year has been a busy and exciting one for East Preston Junior School (EPJS). When it comes to the end of the summer term it always feels useful to reflect on some of the key moments. Two activities that stand out are our Circus topic...

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Rustington Community Primary School

The building work at Rustington continues at a good pace and the new six classroom block will be ready to hand over by the end of May. WSCC have been working with Schoolsworks to extend the high quality provision at Rustington to accommodate up to 630 pupils by 2021,...

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River Beach Primary School March 2017

In the heart of Littlehampton, sits River Beach Primary School. The school combines both Victorian and contemporary design as an amalgamation resulting in an environment for Nursery children to Year 6. With a wide range of outdoor resources, such as an outdoor gym,...

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