Schoolsworks is a new Academy Trust established in 2012 by Edward Bryant School and Peaceworks. Edward Bryant School is a successful and expanding primary school in the heart of Bognor Regis, providing an excellent education for children in its locality.
Peaceworks is a highly regarded charitable Trust, delivering peer mediation and other education services, and has been working with schools in West Sussex for over seven years. Director Chris Seaton has been a governor at Edward Bryant School for many years.
Schoolsworks Board is delighted that we are online with our plan to grow organically. In 2013, first Rustington Community Primary School and then River Beach Primary School joined the Trust as well-performing schools. Each of the three schools has representation on the Board of Directors, whether parents, headteachers or governors. This has added great strength and diversity to the Trust and as a DfE-recognised sponsor, puts us a great position to support schools in difficulties.
Schoolsworks Academy Trust is offering schools that are considering converting to an Academy, a local solution rather than seeking the support of a large, national sponsor. Schools meeting the government’s ‘performing well’ criteria can join Schoolsworks rather than convert as a stand alone Academy. Joining Schoolsworks will in no way reduce a school’s autonomy but will give benefits to all concerned by strengthening the schools’ purchasing power, broadening the skill sets available and expanding the Trust’s ability to support other schools.
Schools not yet meeting the ‘performing well’ criteria, that would otherwise not be permitted to convert to Academy status without a sponsor, can convert by joining Schoolsworks.