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.

The 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.

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Co-opted members nominated by the Local Board Michele Fairhall - Chair of the Local Board
Sarah Kidd - Safeguarding Link member
Malcolm Garton - Vice Chair of Local Board
Lynsey Baker
Two parent representatives, elected by the parents of the Academy Ian Robinson - SEN & LAC Link member
James Hedgecock
One staff representative, elected by the staff of the Academy Mandy Southwell
Principal Susan Stickley
Clerk to the Local Board Caroline Spender

Ms. M. Fairhall
c/o Holmbush Primary Academy
Hawkins Crescent
West Sussex
BN43 6TN

Michele Fairhall

I’m actively involved in my children’s school journey.

When my eldest joined Holmbush, I volunteered in the classroom with reading, became a member of the PTA, and then joined the Local Board when he was in Reception; he is now in year 11!

It has been lovely to be actively involved in their school journey to understand expectations and achievements, and to gain an understanding from the academy perspective, not just as a parent.

The Local Board member role is focused on communication, celebration and achievement. I enjoy seeing the children develop over time and to be able to celebrate with them.

I help to link the community to the academy by spending time on the gate each week, ensuring parents know who the Local Board members are. We also hold and attend events such as summer and Christmas fares.

As Chair of the Local Board I attend Chairs forums termly, weekly achievement assemblies and other events at the Academy.

I took on this role to contribute to the education of children in my community; I feel that it benefits the children’s education when they see an external person excited and keen to see them grow.

I am a married working mum with two children aged 15 and 10. I have managed the accounts and HR of an independent nursery in Hove for the past 10 years.

Sarah Kidd

My name is Sarah Kidd and I have been a member of the Local Board since February 2018. I applied to join the board as I wished to contribute to the life of the school and felt I had relevant skills. I also currently have two children who attend Holmbush.

I work as a Senior Social Worker on a Mental Health team. On the Local Board I am the nominated member for Safeguarding.

Ian Robinson

I have been working in the public sector coming on for twenty years in London and Sussex.

My career in the public sector began at Haringey Social Services working with Asylum Seekers in 1999 and i have gone on to work for a number of housing associations in the South East of England. I am currently employed at Southdown Housing Association working for a homelessness prevention and mental health service based in Brighton.

I was delighted to have the opportunity to become a local board member at Holmbush Primary Academy with this role becoming active in April 2018. To have a chance of becoming a local board member at my children's school was also an opportunity i felt that i had to take.

I am looking forward to this role and working towards achieving a positive and successful future for Holmbush Primary Academy.