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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.


Hawthorns Primary School


Hawthorns 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 Hawthorns 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.


 Hawthorns School Community Council

 The role of School Community Council 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 Lawson.  In carrying out this role our aim is to improve the quality of the education we provide for children at Hawthorns Primary. The School Community Council 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


Name Designation Portfolio Responsibility
Wendy Lawson Headteacher
Karen Ashworth Chair

Audit and Risk

SLT Liaison and School Support

Debbie Hawkins Teacher Staff representative
Lucy Allen Parent  Quality of Education 
Amanda Halstead Community Member Finance
Colin McHale Community Member Health and Safety and Premises
Bernadette Hines Parent Community and Engagement and Fundraising
Heather Parsons Parent Safeguarding and Child Protection
At Hawthorns 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.

Hawthorns Primary School is part of the Schoolsworks Academy Trust.