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 Federated Local Board of The Hastings and St. Leonards Academy

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.

Five co-opted members nominated by the Local Board: Sam Coates - Interim Chair of the Local Board
Two parent representatives, elected by the parents of each Academy: The Hastings Academy - Anita Pope, Parent & Community Engagement Link member
St. Leonards Academy - Jessica Snyder, Parent & Behaviour & Attendance Link member
Two staff representatives elected by the staff of each Academy: The Hastings Academy - Nathan Russell
St. Leonards Academy - Pauline Edwards
Academy Principals: The Hastings Academy - Hilary Morawska
St. Leonards Academy - Hannah Carter (Acting Principal)
Clerk to the Local Board: Caroline Spender
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Nathan Russell

Staff Member

Nathan has worked as a Maths Teacher at The Hastings Academy since 2016 and was appointed to the Local board in 2017. He studied Mathematics at Cardiff University, graduating in 2009, worked for ESCC within Disability Services for a number of years before finding his passion for Teaching

Jessica Snyder

Parent member

Hilary Morawska

Principal of The Hastings Academy

I am delighted to be the Principal of what is known and respected, within the Hastings and Rother communities as a Good school. I joined The Hastings Academy as Vice Principal in April 2016 and worked alongside its Principal, staff, parents and students to create the successful ethos and culture evidenced today. I have been in leadership roles since 2004 and bring a wealth of experience. Having developed excellent relationships with colleagues within our Trust and East Sussex County Council, alongside the exceptional work of our Hastings Academy staff, we are well placed to build on the outstanding results of our recent Ofsted and GCSE results. It will be a pleasure to ensure that we continue to provide the best education, outcomes and future, for all our stakeholders.