Welcome from the Trust

It gives me great pleasure to introduce Harry Watts Academy. Our journey began in autumn 2017 when in the process of developing Prosper Learning Trust we applied to the Department for Education to become the sponsor of a special free school in Sunderland. In April 2018 we were approved to the delight of everyone associated with Prosper Leaning Trust. Our new school will respond to the need for additional specialist school provision for pupils with autism in Sunderland and surrounding areas.

Everyone within Prosper Learning Trust works very hard to ensure that we are providing the highest quality education for all our pupils. We recognise that each child learns differently and use a range of methods to ensure that we can tailor our approach to their individual strengths.

We will be working with families, partners, employers and multi-professional teams to ensure that we are supporting pupil’s needs and establishing an ethos where they feel secure, safe and valued.

We are very proud of what we have achieved in Prosper Learning Trust and are looking forward to working with staff, parents and pupils at Harry Watts Academy to establish an outstanding school.

We are confident that we can meet the needs of this group of pupils and engage them with a stimulating curriculum. We are committed to progressing the social, emotional and academic outcomes for all pupils to enable them to achieve their true potential.

I invite you to browse our website and see how we will support every pupil in our school community.


Mark Jones

CEO Prosper Learning Trust

Prosper Learning Trust