Governance

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 office@silverdaleprimaryacademy.org.uk or in writing c/o the Academy. Local Board meeting minutes are available on request.

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Brenden O'Sullivan
Co-opted member & Vice-Chair of the Local Board - Contact via academy

Brenden joined the Local Board in 2015 as a parent member primarily because his son was starting at Silverdale Academy in September of the same year.

Brenden is actively involved as a Local Board member within many aspects of the Academy, and specifically focuses on Thrive (Developing the Individual) and Enterprise (Business Management).

With a business and coaching background Brenden enjoys seeing the Academy continually develop into an educational leader within the South Coast.

David Cowley
Co-opted member

David has been a member of the Silverdale Local Board since 2015. With a background in education, specifically Mathematics, David continues in teaching the subject to GCSE level. David also works as a Legal Consultant in the field of Estate Management and is a member of the Hastings and Area Chamber of Commerce.

David combines his current educational experience with the additional role of running his own business and is passionate about ensuring that all pupils get the highest possible levels of education and care.