Make a difference: join a Local Board

Our Local Board members are champions for children’s learning and achievement.

Everyone’s life is influenced by their experience at school. Whatever your role and place in our community, if you care about children’s education, becoming a Local Board member might be the opportunity for you.

We have an active network of Local Boards across our 15 infant, primary and secondary schools in Sussex.

Watch our film and read about how our Local Board members are making a difference.

Why become a Local Board member?

Local Board members:

  • make a positive contribution to the education of local children
  • help to strengthen school connections with the local community
  • celebrate the success of students and staff.
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I’m passionate about improving children’s learning and life chances. I want our pupils to have the opportunity to shape the future they want. Schools help them do exactly that.

As a Local Board member you’ll ensure the school develops and maintains strong links with the local community.

Local Board members help schools to:

  • shape their vision and future strategy
  • communicate effectively with parents and carers
  • monitor pupil wellbeing, admissions, complaints and concerns
  • help resolve issues.
What does a Local Board member do?

Local Board members give their time and commitment to the role. Our Local Board members believe in the importance of education and that their involvement can help to make a difference.

The minimum commitment is three or four formal meetings a year, alongside school visits and background reading. For example, you might attend celebration evenings, student or parent forums so that you get to know the school.

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I love being involved with school life and have a year group that I link to. I go into school to observe, support, assist and build relationships; it’s a really fun part of the role.

You’ll also develop your skills in an environment that will benefit you professionally and personally.

Local Board members include a mix of people from the local community. They work alongside elected parent and staff representatives, and the academy’s Principal.

Local Board members also have the opportunity to contribute more widely to the strategic leadership of the University of Brighton Academies Trust by joining one of the Board of Trustees’ committees.

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Local Board members help us by using their experience and knowledge of the local community to strengthen the school’s connection with the community and broaden our community impact

What skills do I need?

We are looking for people with a variety of experiences and perspectives.

Our academies would benefit from Local Board members who have knowledge or experience of any of the following:

  • primary or secondary education
  • the local community
  • local businesses
  • strategic planning
  • the local and regional economy
  • working or volunteering with children or young people
  • understanding special educational needs
  • fundraising
  • marketing and communications
What support do Local Board members receive?

This is a voluntary role, so we’ll provide you with free training and all the support you’ll need including an induction pack, face-to-face training and 'Learning Link' a nationally recognised governance training package. We also hold an annual Governance Development Conference which helps Local Board members explore best practice and offers workshops on essential roles and responsibilities.

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As a new Local Board member, I’ve attended useful training on the safeguarding aspect of my role, which has given me an idea of what to expect. Online training has been really useful too.

Ready to make a difference?

To have an informal chat, arrange a visit or to find out more please email us or call 01273 643407.

If you’re interested in applying to be a Local Board member please complete our expression of interest form and return it by post or email. Contact details can be found here.