Robsack Wood Primary Academy Governors

Robsack Wood Primary Academy is part of the Hastings Academy Trust, which is a Multi-Academy Trust, led by the University of Brighton in conjunction with BT.

The academies within the Trust are governed by the Board of Directors, which is responsible for its overarching strategic direction, pupil attainment and financial resources. The Board of Directors is supported in its work by Local Governing Bodies for the academies within the Trust.

The local Governing Body plays a central role in the management of the academies, including: the monitoring of educational provision; improvement plans and targets; overseeing the curriculum; developing annual budgets; performance management of staff and establishing and developing links with the local community.

The Chair of Governors can be contacted at

Local Governing Body

Chair of Governors

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”

Co-opted members

Paul Taylor

I have two children at the academy and work full time in Local Government. I became a Governor 4 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. I am always happy to listen to parents so please if you see me in the playground feel free to talk to me.

Robert Green

Staff Members

Suzanne Bettles

I am a Class Teacher at Robsack Wood Primary Academy, currently in Year 1 and previously in Year 3.

I have been involved in children's care, learning and development for almost 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 specialised in the teaching of Art and Design at university and am the Art and Design Learning Lead at RWPA. I am a busy crafter, enjoying knitting, crochet and sewing. I share these skills with the children through Creative Club as well as class-based learning activities. I'm also a member of the Talk4Writing Primary Writing Project Team.

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

In my free time I enjoy baking, gardening and country walks.

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.

Chris Mayle (safeguarding governor)

I am a Detective Inspector in the Metropolitan Police Service leading a Child Abuse Investigation Team covering 2 London boroughs. I am responsible for managing investigations into child abuse, working with partner agencies in Education, Health and Social Services. My day job supports my role as Safeguarding Governor as it is primarily around safeguarding children, e-safety and ensuring that children on Child Protection Plans or Children in Need Plans receive the support they need.

In terms of education, I am particularly passionate about information technology, maths and history. These were my favourite subjects at school and I see IT and the safe use of it as key to modern education. I have 3 children at Robsack and am delighted to have the opportunity to have some input into the running of the school and hope my experience will be of some benefit.