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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or in writing c/o the Academy. Local Board meeting minutes are available on request.
Chair of the Local Board
I was elected as a Parent Governor just under 5 years ago while my eldest daughter was in year 2. She was so happy at Desmond Anderson, that I wanted to volunteer my time to ensure she stayed so and that her sister who was just about to start would have a similar experience. I became Chair of Governors a couple of years later. Things have changed quite a bit for us over those years and we are now a Local Board, a committee of the Board of Trustees of UoBAT, this allows us to focus on school strategy and the school community much more than we were able to in the past.
I have two daughters, one is in year four and the other is in year 7 at Thomas Bennett. I have lived in Tilgate for 15 years. I work as a Broadcast Engineer in London.
I have been a governor of the academy for ten years and Premises Manager of the school for 19 years.
I have four grown up children who all attended the academy.
I have been a co-opted local board member (and before that governor) at Desmond Anderson since September 2015. While I don’t have children at the academy, I was co-opted on to the local governing board because of the skills and experience I could offer.
I live in Mid Sussex with my husband and 4 children (2 are at primary school and 2 are in pre-school) and I work in Manor Royal for a start-up financial services company.
I would be happy to discuss my experience of being a co-opted board member with any individuals that are interested in joining us – in particular I can give some good tips on how to be a committed member of the board while juggling work and a young family.
I have been on the Local Board since I started as Vice-Principal at Desmond Anderson in September 2016. I have been teaching for over 10 years having previously taught in Haywards Heath and at another school in Crawley. I absolutely love being a part of the Desmond Anderson team and strive for all children in the school to achieve their best. Being on the Local Board gives me a valuable insight into academy governance and enables me to support academy improvement even further.