Schoolsworks is a multi-academy trust in West Sussex. Our aim is to create small hubs of schools which work closely together to collaborate, share best practice and improve outcomes for children.




Rustington is part of the Schoolsworks Academy Trust, a local multi-academy trust based in Bognor Regis and Littlehampton.

The Board of Directors of Schoolsworks Academy Trust are also its trustees and the governors of all our schools, including Rustington Community Primary School.  Membership of the trust allows us to learn from other well-performing schools by sharing good practice, by achieving economies of scale in purchasing services and by working together at a strategic level to ensure the future success of all the schools.

The trust has overall responsibility for the school, but is aided in its work by the work of the local School Community Council (SCC). This group is an advisory body, made up of staff, parents and community members.  The SCC works under the direction of the academy trust to support the strategic management of the school. The Schoolsworks' organisational chart can be found here.

Our School Community Council

The role of SCC members is to support the Trust’s governance arrangements by monitoring the performance of the School and reporting back to the Trust on a regular basis. We do this through robust challenge of the day to day operation of the School and by working closely with our Headteacher, Mrs Smailes.  In carrying out this role our aim is to improve the quality of the education we provide for children at Rustington Primary. The SCC meets on a termly basis at least three times per year.

The objectives of SCCs are to be accountable to the Board of Schoolsworks in order to:

  • Ensure high standards of teaching and learning
  • Ensure pupil happiness, welfare and safety
  • Ensure efficient, appropriate and compliant use of local finances
  • Ensure school premises are safe and secure and there is a good learning environment
  • To support the Head of School as required (e.g. recruitment or performance management)
  • Ensure effective engagement within the academy school’s local community



September 2022

Name Designation Portfolio Responsibility
Mrs M Smailes Head of School
Mrs K Whitley Chair Finance and Risk
Miss H Buck Teacher Staff representative
Mrs R McArthur Parent Safeguarding
Mr A Hackett Schoolsworks Director SLT Liaison
Mrs D Buckey-Denton Parent Community Link
Mr Peter Davidson Premises
Mrs Caroline Aldridge Community Teaching and Learning

At Rustington Primary we are delighted to have a diverse and broadly based SCC. Our SCC members have a wide range of skills which they use to benefit the pupils and other members of our school community. We are grateful to them for their commitment but also believe that they enjoy their role at the school and appreciate the chance it gives them to make a difference to local children and their families.

Rustington Community Primary School is part of the Schoolsworks Academy Trust.