The Academy is part of the University of Brighton Academies Trust, a multi academy trust which is sponsored by the University of Brighton.

The trust’s Board of Trustees is ultimately responsible for the educational and financial performance of all of the academies in the trust; the trustees are the statutory governors of each academy and the company directors & charitable trustees of the University of Brighton Academies Trust.

Further information about the University of Brighton Academies Trust’s governance arrangements, including its Board of Trustees, Scheme of Delegation, Articles of Association and Funding Agreement, are available on the trust’s website.

A series of committees, including a Local Board for each academy (or group of academies), supports the Board of Trustees in fulfilling its responsibilities.

Local Board

Local Board members are volunteers representing different aspects of the academy community including parents/carers, staff and local people. The members contribute to the academy’s vision and future strategy, ensuring they complement the trust’s vision and values. They are responsible for keeping the academy at the heart of the community, maintaining strong community links and effective communication with all stakeholders, including the Board of Trustees. Local Board members ensure the celebration of staff, pupils and parents and carers is a priority to the academy. They are also responsible for monitoring pupil wellbeing, admissions, complaints and concerns.

Local Board members can be contacted through email at or in writing c/o the Academy. Local Board meeting minutes are available on request.

The Local Board

Chair of the Local Board

Rose Durban

Rose is passionate about children being safe, happy and learning well, with a bright future. She started her career working with children with SEND in a range of schools in the SE and London. She then moved to advisory work, helping schools on curriculum and assessment issues and later worked as a Director of Children’s Services in a number of local authorities. Currently she works as an adviser to help councils improve after an inadequate inspection rating.

“Over the last year I have started to work part-time enabling me to have some time to make a local contribution. I am keen to help improve children’s learning and life-chances and welcome the opportunity as a governor to champion and challenge on behalf of Robsack Wood children”

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Co-opted members

Vanessa Jane Biddiss

Sarah Hilbrig

Mark Fisher

Jessica Austen

Staff Members

Jackie Millard (BPA)

Vacancy (HPA)

Caroline Thayre (RSW)

Parent representatives

Vacancy (BPA)

Vacancy (HPA)

Vacancy (RSW)


Carly Welch (BPA)

Julie Reece (HPA)

Alice Pascoe-Hale (RSW)

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