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

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.

Co-opted members nominated by the Local Board Vacancy - Chair of the Local Board
Stephanie Johnson – Safeguarding Link member
Krishna Radia
Two parent representatives, elected by the parents of the Academy Rob Hill
One staff representative, elected by the staff of the Academy Vacancy
Principal Jonathan Morris
Clerk to the Local Board Caroline Spender – UoBAT Trust Clerk
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Krishna Radia

Stephanie Johnson

Steph has a child with Special needs who attends Silverdale Primary Academy. She I wanted to volunteer for the Local Board to give back to the academy, help others and learn about contributing to the academy and children’s achievement.

As a new Local Board member, Steph has attended useful training online and on the safeguarding aspect of her role, which has given her an idea of what to expect.

Steph feels privileged to have been voted onto the Local Board to represent the voice of other Silverdale parents.

Rob Hill

Rob joined the local board in June 2018 as parent member. He has two children at the school, one in Year 4, the other in Year 5.

Rob currently works in education within a different age group and has undertaken a variety of roles including classroom teacher and senior manager. He started his career in industry but made the move into education after just a few years, having now spent over 30 years working with children and young adults.

Rob has a keen interest in various aspects of life at Silverdale, in particular the "Thrive" programme and provision for more able children.

Jonathan Morris

I joined Silverdale Primary Academy in February 2012 on a five-day supply cover and haven’t said goodbye since. I am extremely proud to work at one of the largest academies within Hastings and St Leonards and to have been part of the journey that has taken us to an Ofsted judgement of Good. During my time at Silverdale I have worked across the Key Stages in a variety of roles including English Lead, as well as roles on the Senior Leadership Team. My teaching career started in Crawley where I worked in a challenging school for several years before moving to the east of Sussex. I have now lived and worked in Hastings for over 12 years and am fully committed to the continued development of the schools and education for our children in this wonderful town.