Could you volunteer to support a school in Sussex?

The University of Brighton Academies Trust is looking for volunteers to join the Local Boards of academies based in Hastings, St Leonards and Crawley.

Local Board members act as an essential link between an academy school and its local community. They have a positive impact on young people’s lives; using their

personal and professional skills to help shape the vision of an academy, celebrate success and ensure every child reaches their potential.

Individuals are being sought with a variety of skills and backgrounds from fundraising to strategic planning. Full training and support is offered, providing volunteers with board-level leadership and strategy skills.

Local Board members become part of the Trust’s network of 15 academies across Sussex all supporting each other, and their pupils, to excel.

What it means to be a Local Board member

Paul Taylor is currently serving on the Local Board of Robsack Wood Primary Academy and Josephine Notaras is at Desmond Anderson Primary Academy. They highlight the crucial role these posts play in schools and local communities.

Paul said, “I volunteered as I wanted to put something back into the school. The role itself is enlightening, educating and rewarding and I enjoy seeing the children flourish… in their environment.”

Josephine said, “As a mother of four I’m a firm believer in the importance of a good education. I see my role as a critical friend to the academy and I find being a Local Board member interesting and inspiring!”

How to apply

To find out more and apply visit The Academies Trust website.

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