Reflections on my NQT year

First day of school nerves kicking in; packed lunch at the ready, missing my mum, trying not to get lost, hoping I’m going to make lots of new friends… I take you back to 2017.  It’s my first official day at Edward Bryant School but no, I’m not four years old. I’m an...

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A Question of Numbers

When you reach the holidays it becomes possible to listen to WH Davies’ advice and take time to stop and stare. So with two thirds of the year complete, there is a chance for me to stop and contemplate my role within Schoolsworks Academy Trust. I have been asked to...

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Why are we a MAT?

We’ve recently completing some analysis of the results our first ever staff survey as a multi-academy trust (MAT).  Although our schools have been running their own surveys on and off since they joined Schoolsworks this is our first attempt to ask consistent questions...

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The ramblings of a Head

The dream job? New to headship? A collection of thoughts… By Marie Smailes, Head of School, Rustington Primary School I’m actually a Head! I was appointed this time last year as the Head of Rustington Primary; a large school with supportive parents, an established...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Two Head of School appointments announced

Two Headship appointments, as a result of internal promotion, will take effect in the Trust in September 2019. Michael Tidd, current Head of School at Medmerry Primary School in Selsey, will take up the position of Head of School at East Preston Junior School. Dave...

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Medmerry Secures Good Ofsted Rating

One of the first schools to join Schoolsworks - Medmerry Primary School in Selsey - has secured another Good rating from Ofsted, following its inspection in December 2018. The inspector praised the friendly, welcoming and well behaved pupils and recognised the work...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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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Downsbrook Primary School news

Here at Downsbrook the school improvement agenda is in full swing.  In just over a term, with the valuable support of colleagues within Schoolsworks, we have made many significant changes with more to come.  We are delighted that many of these have been noticed by a...

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Rose Green Junior School news

The new school year has started off really well at Rose Green Junior School, with six new members of staff joining the team.  During the summer break, we continued to make improvements to our school premises including refurbishing our school hall, re-roofing the...

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Rustington Community Primary School news

We are delighted to let you know that one of our staff members was nominated for, and won, a category in Sussex Teacher of the Year : Arun and Chichester. Tracey Bailey won Arun’s Support Staff Member of the Year. Tracey is not only school admin support, but also...

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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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