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.



Your child's experience of school is as important to us as it is to you. We want to work in partnership with you to ensure your child has the very best experiences from their very first moments at Rustington.

Starting School

                                  Welcome video                                    

Our curriculum and information

about wrap around provision from


An introduction from the Head - Ms Smailes

Starting school for the very first time, or changing schools is an important milestone for both you and your child. Here at Rustington Community Primary we believe that this should also be a time of great excitement and opportunity.

Because of this, we are firmly committed to ensuring that it is an experience that is as positive as possible; by working together we can and will make this transition smooth and enjoyable. This smooth transition begins from your very first encounter with us and we strive to maintain this through all areas of provision.        

This year we are offering a safer, open day experience which will consist of:

  1. A  welcome video showing the school in action, an introduction to Early Years and an introduction to the curriculum at Rustington.
  2. An online presentation (giving you all the information about Rustington) by the Head, Ms Smailes
  3. Small group tours – by appointment from September 2020 (tours booked for November will be re-scheduled for after lockdown)

The videos and presentation will be shared online on our website on Wednesday 4th November.

Small group tours will be starting immediately and can be booked through the Office. These will happen after school and will be limited to 3 people per family and will have a total of 6 people per group. Adults are currently wearing face masks whilst when inside the school buildings. Places will be limited but for families that have further questions these are available.

To book a place on a tour please ring the Office on 01903 785271

Starting School guide

School Opening Times

Gates open at 8.30 for an 8.40 registration

Early Years finish at 3pm and all other year groups finish at 3.10pm

For all year groups from Year 1 to Year 6 this constitutes a 32.5 school week with additional facilities for wrap around care through Funstars or before and after school clubs. 

How to apply for a place

West Sussex have released guidance on applying for a school place for those eligible to start school in September 2023. The application window opens on 5th October and closes on  15th January 2023. See the links below for further information.

How to make an application

Further information about our Admissions can be found on the Admissions page 

How to apply for a place at Rustington Community Primary School