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 Chair of the Local Board can be contacted at

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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

Paul Taylor

I have had two children attend the academy and work full time in Local Government. I became a Governor 6 years ago as I was amazed at the passion and commitment that staff at the nursery were displaying towards providing children the best start in their school years. As a result I wanted to give something back to the school and since then have played an active role on the Governing Body. I am in a fortunate position to be able to see behind the scenes and as a result know that everybody who works at Robsack are committed to the schools vision and values.

Staff Members

Suzanne Bettles

I am the Year 2 Dewberry Class Teacher, Key Stage 1 Learning and Achievement Leader and Phonics Leader at Robsack Wood Primary Academy.

I have been involved in children's care, learning and development for over ten years and have worked in a range of settings including nurseries, primary schools, special schools and a rural education centre as part of my training and career. I have a BTEC National Diploma in Children's Care, Learning and Development and a BA(Hons) Primary Education degree with QTS.

I took up the role as Staff Governor to support the alignment of the vision and values of all stakeholders.

Parent representatives

Michael Courtnage

My wife and I live in the local community close to the academy with two growing boys that have both thoroughly enjoyed attending the academy and its nursery, with the elder moving on more recently to the St Leonards Academy. I am a chartered building surveyor currently employed by the local authority with responsibilities for building maintenance and facilities management within the Borough. I’m very proud of both the academy’s and the nursery’s achievements over the past few years and continue to be impressed with the commitment and hard work of its staff and the range of initiatives and programmes they are involved with. I enjoy participating in the governance of the academy as it continues to maintain its high standards whilst growing and developing within the Hastings Academy Trust.