Sussex Learning Trust

Our Trust began as the Warden Park Academy Trust in 2011 when the successful Warden Park Secondary in Cuckfield became one of the first schools in the country to convert to academy status. Shortly afterwards Heyworth Primary School in Haywards Heath became a constituent part of the Trust and changed its name to Warden Park Primary Academy (WPPA). In 2014 Jonathan Morris joined as CEO and the Trust decided a name was needed to reflect the intention to reach out and partner with like-minded schools and academies. The transformation of WPPA from ‘special measures’ to the threshold of ‘outstanding’ has been remarkable and testament to outstanding leadership and the benefits of being in a Multi Academy Trust. Meanwhile Warden Park Secondary Academy (WPSA) has gone from strength to strength and is working towards an ‘outstanding’ accreditation at its next inspection.

In June 2023, SLT welcomed Woodgate Primary Academy (WGPA) into the Trust. The school moved into a fantastic new building and is anticipating welcoming increased pupil numbers as it joins the Trust.

The relationship between our Primary and Secondary academies is outstanding, providing excellent pedagogical and Professional Development links and opportunities for teachers, support staff and pupils to mix readily in shared learning projects with very desirable outcomes. The relationship can be defined as one of mutuality.

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