Local Board Member (Hastings and St Leonards on Sea)
The Hastings Academy and The St Leonards Academy

Closing date: 08/08/2020

Job posted date: 09/07/2020

Salary: Voluntary Post

Employment type: Volunteer

Hours per week: Variable

Do you share our belief that education transforms lives?

 We are seeking dedicated individuals with a variety of experiences to join the Local Board at our secondary schools, The Hastings Academy and The St Leonards Academy.

Local Board members make a positive contribution to the education of local children,

Watch our short film about the role here https://www.brightonacademiestrust.org.uk/our-trust/local-boards

The person

Our Local Board members believe in the importance of education and that their involvement has a positive impact on the local communities. We are looking for individuals with knowledge or experience in:

  • primary or secondary education
  • the local community
  • local businesses
  • strategic planning
  • the local and regional economy
  • working or volunteering with children or young people
  • understanding special educational needs
  • fundraising
  • marketing and communications.

You will be able to demonstrate sound business judgement, effective communication and interpersonal skills, and a willingness to work as part of a team to help us achieve our aims. We will expect you to be ‘challenging’, but at the same time respectful of the views of others, and to adopt a constructive, collegiate and supportive approach to this very important role.

We are looking to develop a Local Board that is as inclusive as possible and which effectively represents the broad, diverse communities we serve; therefore, we would welcome applications from the broadest spectrum of backgrounds.

The role

Local Board members give their time and commitment to the role. This involves:

  • four formal meetings a year
  • school visits and background reading. For example, you might attend celebration evenings, student or parent forums so that you get to know the school
  • ensuring the school develops and maintains strong links with the local community
  • celebrating the success of students and staff
  • helping schools to: shape their vision and future strategy; communicate effectively with parents and carers; monitor pupil wellbeing, admissions, complaints and concerns; and help to resolve issues.

See what our Local Board members say about the role here https://www.brightonacademiestrust.org.uk/our-trust/local-boards/local-board-testimonials

For more information about the role, please refer to the role description at the bottom of the page.

About The Hastings Academy

Ofsted grade: Good (2018)

The Hastings Academy is a secondary school for 11 to 16-year olds in Hastings, East Sussex. Our motto, Pride through success, runs through everything that we do. We are a modern and innovative school, with specialist classrooms and technology to support learning. Our team of talented professional staff are committed to maximising the potential of every child. We hold the Quality in Careers Standard, the national quality award for careers education, information, advice and guidance. We are renowned for our inclusivity and outstanding care of students. Our We offer 180 student places each year, with a total capacity of 900.  We also host a special facility for up to 10 young people with speech, language and communication difficulties.

Visit The Hastings Academy website  http://www.thehastingsacademy.org.uk/

About The St Leonards Academy

Ofsted grade: Good (2017)

The St Leonards Academy is a secondary school for 11 to 16-year olds in St Leonards on Sea, East Sussex. We have a clear vision of what creates successful learners and how to implement it. Our pupils are enthusiastic about learning and take pride in themselves. Our school values of potential, respect, integrity, determination and excellence run through everything we do.  We are one of twenty TEEP Ambassador schools in the UK. TEEP stands for Teacher Effectiveness Enhancement; that we have been selected as an ambassador school speaks volumes for how crucial a part of our culture teacher development is. We offer 300 student places each year and have a total capacity of 1500. We also host a special facility for up to 20 young people with physical disabilities and severe autism.

Visit The St. Leonards Academy website https://www.thestleonardsacademy.org.uk/

About the University of Brighton Academies Trust

The University of Brighton Academies Trust is the fifth largest multi-academy trust in the south east, with 15 infant, primary and secondary schools all graded by Ofsted as Good or Outstanding. We educate 7,700 children aged 3 months to 16 years and employ 1,200 staff across East and West Sussex.

Excellence, innovation and integrity are the values that guide us.  We work collaboratively to help our pupils and everyone connected with our academies achieve excellence. By working together, sharing insights and best practice our schools support each other to improve. Read more about our vision and values

The University of Brighton  is our sponsor.  We work closely with the University’s School of Education: in 2019 it was judged as Outstanding by Ofsted for all Initial Teacher Training and was awarded the Student Union’s school of the year.

Find out more

Download the role description below for more information about this opportunity.

To arrange a visit or to have an informal discussion about this role please contact us on governance@brightonacademiestrust.org.uk.

To submit your expression of interest application please follow the 'Apply for job' link at the bottom of this page.

Key dates

Closing date: 8 August 2020 

Interview date: September 2020

Proposed start date: October 2020

Our commitment

The University of Brighton Academies Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All appointments are subject to an enhanced DBS check.

We welcome applications from all members of the community. The Trust is proud to be part of the government’s Disability Confident scheme which underpins our staff recruitment practices.