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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.


East Preston Junior School

Values & Ethos

'Enjoyment and Excellence' is our school motto and a central thread of our approach to life at EPJS.

We believe that school should be an enjoyable experience, and that through achieving success and excellence, children will find enjoyment.

Across our school, we aim for excellence in all areas, for staff and pupils, ensuring that we provide the best possible offer to our pupils. In particular, our approach to excellence is underpinned by 5 core principles:

High Ambition

  • We want all children to aspire to excellence for themselves – and to appreciate that we all make mistakes in the process.
  • We encourage a drive for improvement in our staff and our pupils.
  • We provide leadership opportunities for pupils to take on responsibility and enjoy contributing to the school community.

Broad Curriculum

  • We build a strong knowledge-based curriculum, with reading at its heart, that is based on the most up-to-date evidence about best practice.
  • We provide opportunities for all pupils outside of the academic curriculum, which promote personal growth, building character, resilience and independence.
  • We want children to experience opportunities beyond their usual experience and which reflect the modern world in which they live.

Full Participation

  • We aim for every member of our school community to feel pride in EPJS.
  • We have a strong community, and come together to celebrate our sense of shared identity.
  • We expect all members of our school community to try their best, and take pride in their work.

Excellent Behaviour

  • We have high expectations of behaviour in our school so that nobody’s opportunity to learn is disrupted.
  • We believe that every person has the right to feel safe, to be treated with respect, and to learn.
  • We recognise that we all have a role to play in our school community, our village community, and in the wider world.

Nurturing Environment

  • We prioritise pupil and staff wellbeing to ensure that everyone gets the most out of their time at school.
  • We want everyone to feel included at our school, and for everyone to welcome others.
  • We aim to provide opportunities for children to take measured risks, both in their learning and outside the classroom.