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 and 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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Find out more about joining a Local Board.

Who is on the local board?

Our Local Board is made up of people from different groups within our community, including parents, teachers and people from business backgrounds and the local community.

We give direction and focus to life at Blackthorns by performing a vital strategic role as a committee of the University of Brighton Academies Trust Board of Trustees. The day-to-day management of Blackthorns is the responsibility of the Principal. The values and vision for leading our school are shared between the Trust, the local board, the Principal and the senior leadership team.

List of Blackthorns Community Primary Local Board members here.

How to become a Local Board Member

We always need people who:

  • care about and are committed to our children’s learning and well-being
  • are keen to help all children in our school make progress
  • want to make an important contribution to our local community
  • enjoy a challenging but rewarding role.

There are no qualifications, either academic or otherwise, needed to become a Local Board Member. Local Board Members have to be over 18 years of age. A Board Member must be a good listener, and someone who is able to read and assimilate information easily.

In addition, a Board Member must be able to:

  • raise questions and participate in discussion and decision making
  • be discrete, open-minded and fair
  • be a source of ideas and a good communicator
  • be enthusiastic about the work of the school
  • be prepared to participate in its life.

If you are interested in becoming a Local Board Member, please contact the school office or email the Chair at

Contact the Local Board

If you have any concerns, issues or comments you wish to raise with the Local Board, email