Here at the University of Brighton Academies Trust, we believe everyone’s life is influenced by their experience at school. By volunteering as a Local Board member, you will use your skills and experience to help strengthen school connections with the local community and support and celebrate the success of students and staff. Our Local Board members (previously Governors) are valued and inspiring members of our school community.


Their positive contribution to the education of local children is given in the form of in time, skills and experience - this usually involves four formal meetings a year, alongside school visits and background reading. For example, you might attend celebration evenings, student or parent forums.

Apply today!
Our volunteers tell us that the benefits of being on the Local Board are immense.
Some of the skills gained include:
  • Developing valuable professional skills and experience such as community engagement, chairing, wellbeing and team working.
  • Building relationships and networks in your locality.
  • Supporting children and young people in your community.

Anyone over the age of 18 can be a Local Board member, and you don’t need to be a parent!

"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"

Rose Durban, Local Board Chair

Applying to become a Local Board member is easy. The University of Brighton Academies Trust is a family of 15 infant, primary and secondary schools in Sussex all supporting each other, and our pupils, to learn, achieve and succeed in beyond school. Our academies support each other to improve and have a positive impact on their local communities. Local board members play an important part in this.
The following academies have vacancies:
East Sussex Local Boards
The federated Local Board for
The Baird, Hollington and Robsack Wood Primary Academy
The federated Local Board for
Churchwood, Silverdale and West St Leonards Primary Academy
Dudley Infant Academy
West Sussex Local Boards
Holmbush Primary Academy
Desmond Anderson Primary Academy
Pound Hill Infant Academy
Blackthorns Primary Academy
If you believe you have the time and interest, then we would love to hear from you! We'll be happy to tell you more about the role and answer any of your questions. To find out more and help make a difference...