Sussex Learning Trust (SLT) aims to play an integral part in providing the highest possible educational opportunities for children and young people via a network of academies committed to partnership working for the benefit of pupils and students.

Mr Jonathan Morris, CEO


Sussex Learning Trust is responsible for the successful management and development of Warden Park (a secondary academy for young people aged from 11-16 in Cuckfield, West Sussex), Warden Park Primary Academy (for young people aged 2-11 in Haywards Heath, West Sussex) and Northlands Wood Primary Academy (for young people aged 4-11 in Haywards Heath, West Sussex). Our academies operate as independent schools maintained by government funding. Parents do not pay fees.

A Brief History of Sussex Learning Trust (SLT)

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 in 2019.

In 2017 SLT welcomed Northlands Wood Primary Academy (NWPA) as a new partner converting and joining SLT. Benefiting from collaboration and excellent leadership at all levels, NWPA is another extremely strong academy.

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.