School applies to become an academy

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East Preston Junior School has announced it has applied for academy conversion in preparation for joining Schoolsworks Academy Trust in April 2017.

The decision takes the number of schools in the Schoolsworks Trust to six. A seventh school is in the planning stages, following the Trust’s successful bid to open a new Free School in Littlehampton.

Kathy Lockyear, head teacher at the school in Lashmar Road, said: “We are excited at the prospect of joining the Schoolsworks team in order to develop East Preston in the coming years. Ensuring that our children are happy, enjoy learning and receive excellent care and education whilst our staff continue to be supported, enthusiastic and valued will remain the ethos of EPJS. We’re looking forward to drawing upon the substantial knowledge and experience of Schoolsworks to further enhance our school.”

Chris Seaton, chief executive of Schoolsworks, said: “We are delighted to welcome Kathy and the East Preston team to the Trust, and look forward to working together over the coming months and years.”

Schoolsworks is a multi-academy trust operating along the south coast. In 2016, Schoolsworks was awarded permission to open a new free school in Littlehampton, following an application to the Department of Education through New Schools Network.

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