Local Board

Rose Durban

I live locally and want to contribute to making a difference locally and can’t think of a better way than to help contribute to changing children’s learning and life-chances across Hollington, Robsack Wood and The Baird academies. I come with experience of working on behalf of vulnerable children within and across the education, health and voluntary sectors which complements the wealth of skills, expertise and support other Local Board members bring. Our job is to champion children’s learning and achievement in each of our schools.

In my experience, what children and families say they need is simple and powerful:

I tell my story once
Support and services join up around me
People do what they say
I feel better, safer and able to learn and achieve

I believe that every child in each of our Federation Academies, Hollington, Robsack Wood and The Baird, has the right to be safe and cared for, succeed in learning, thrive and mature into adulthood, able to contribute to the economy and their community in a positive way. I’ve been hugely impressed on regular visits to each of our schools at the passion and commitment from everyone who works in them to make this a daily reality for children.

We should think big for children, believe in them, and work together so that their rights are realised, their views shape decisions made about their lives and they respect the rights of others. Together, as a Local Board we can make an important contribution to helping our Federation school leaders ensure children are learning and achieving well and have a bright future.

I am pleased and proud to be chair of our federated Local Board. Please do get in touch via any of the Academies if you want to contact me.

Rose Durban

Carly Welch
The Baird Primary Academy has become a place that I am truly proud to be Principal of. An inclusive culture is at the heart of everything that we offer our pupils. My background as a SENCO has been instrumental in achieving success at The Baird and as a team we strive for excellence for all of the children that we work with.

I have taught in Hastings throughout my career, including significant leadership experience, and am passionate about education in this area. I feel privileged to play a part in transforming the lives of our future generations.

Julie Reece
I feel privileged to be the Principal at Hollington Primary Academy following many years of commitment to the school, both as a class teacher and as a leader. Throughout my 30-year career I have taught, and led, across the full primary age range in several local schools within East Sussex and have specialised in the teaching of both English and maths. I strongly believe in developing positive relationships that promote learning and professional development for all within the academy, and proactively support collaboration across the Trust.

Caroline Thayre

As the Executive Principal of Robsack Wood Primary Academy and the Teaching School Alliance, I am delighted to be focused on addressing national and local priorities in terms of school improvement through effective system leadership. I am passionate about initial teacher training and strategically lead the East Sussex Teacher Training Partnership which operates as a School Centred Initial Teacher Training, SCITT.

I am a National Leader of Education and am currently working with the Department for Education as part of a national recruitment and retention strategy including the coaching and mentoring of early career teachers. My role also includes working across the multi-academy trust as part of the school improvement team.

Caroline Thayre, Executive Principal