The governing body, as set out in the legal document the Instrument of Government, comprises 13 governors. The total is made up from differing categories: 8 co-opted, 2 parent, one staff, one headteacher staff and one local authority. With the exception of the headteacher, all terms are for 4 years, although a governor may resign at any time or agree in advance they will resign after a shorter period.
How are governors appointed?
Governors do have to meet certain criteria (Declaration Eligibility 2021) and be willing to abide by the Code of Conduct 2021. The staff governor is elected by and from the staffing body. The parent governors are elected by and from the parental body but if no one is elected then a parent of a former pupil may be appointed by the governing body. Other parents, such as those with a child with special educational needs (SEMH) or with a child who has special educational needs and is over 18 may be appointed by the governing body in the absence of applicants from other parental categories. Co-opted governors are appointed by the governing body based on their skill set. The local authority governor is appointed by the governing body but has also been approved by a local authority panel. Associate members (if any) are appointed by the governing body for specific roles. They do not have a vote at full governing body meetings.
Vacancies: There are currently three vacancies in the co-opted category and one in the parent category. The governing body would like to hear from you if you are interested in filling any of these roles for even a period of a few months. Please contact for further information, Janet Johnson, clerk to the governing body – email@example.com or LindaNewman@chb.org.uk or via the school office – 01273 604472
Homewood College Governing Body Governors and Register of Interests
|Current Term |
|Register of Interests|
(date informed or commenced if not predating appointment)
|25.9.19 – 24.9.23||Employed at Homewood College|
Co-opted Governor (Co-Chair of Governors, Chair of Resources Committee and Health and Safety link governor)
|08.07.19 – 07.07.23||Spouse of Headteacher of Downs Park School, Hove|
CEO and shareholder in Ferryplus Ltd Software company
Chair of Brighton & Hove Local Access Forum
(Statutory body for BHCC)
Member of Management Committee of Connected Hub and Connected PRU. Resigned 1.4.22
|13.07.20 – 10.07.24|
|Freelance Consultant, Brighton Dome and Festival (2019)|
Member of Management Committee of Connected Hub and Connected PRU
|22.9.21 – 21.9.25||Teacher at Sir Robert Woodward Academy|
|16.6.21 – 15.6.25||Oasis Project Transitions worker – Employee|
(Co-chair of Governors)
|25.11.21 – 24.11.25||Part-time employment with Brighton and Hove City Council as Associate Trainer|
Chair of Governors – Longhill High School
Vice-Chair of Governors – Carden Primary School
Chair of Trustees, the Deans Youth Project
Director, Java Community Cafe, Woodingdean – voluntary role
Co-Chair Management Committee of Connected Hub and Connected PRU. Resigned 1.4.22
|15.11.21 –||Executive headteacher of Homewood College, Connected Hub and Connected PRU|
|Ruth Turner-Murrell Parent||26.1.21 – 25.1.25||Independent Reviewing Officer and Child Protection Advisor|
|Vacancies||Parent Governor (1)|
|Contact School office or firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in joining the team.|
|26.11.20 – 25.11.24|
|Trustee Brighton Youth Centre (since 2005)|
Trustee Sussex Club for young people since 2015.
Councillor St Peters and North Laine Ward (may 2019)
|Other Members of the Governing Body in office in the previous 12 months|
|08.11.17 – 14.7.21||Retired Educational Psychologist|
|Bob Wall |
(Chair of Governors)
|31.1.18 – 31.8.21||Chair of Management Committee at Brighton and Hove Pupil Referral Unit and The Connected Hub. Employed by Brighton and Hove on Consultancy Basis as School Partnership Advisor, Not directly working at/for/in Homewood College (8.7.19).|
Temporary work for B&H on Transport for Schools project (may 2020)
|Louise Cook||10.04.18 – 31.10.21||Executive Headteacher of Homewood College, also Brighton Pupil Referral Unit and The Connected Hub, Member of their Management Committee.|
|22.9.21 – 1.4.22||Member of Management Committee of Connected Hub and Connected pru.|
|22.9.21 – 5.4.22||Support and intervention safeguarding manager – employee of East Sussex County Council|
Member of Management Committee of Connected Hub and Connected PRU
Governing Body Work
The work of the Governing Body has three main strands:
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
- Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
- Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
Governors are not involved in the day to day running of the school, which is managed by the School Leadership Team. Governors agree to abide by the Governors Code of Conduct 2021 More information about the role of governors is available in the Governance Handbook October 2020
Homewood College had connections with Connected Hub and Connected Pru and from April 2018 to 1.4.22 they were all led by an Executive Headteacher. The structure of the governing body changed in autumn 2018. There was a Resources Committee made up solely of governors and also provision for a pay committee (remit) drawn from the governing body to fulfil its functions under the pay policy. Some governors and members of the Management Committee of Connected School and Connected Hub met on an ad hoc basic to share the benefits of joint working and review performance and safeguarding.
The governing body is led by Linda Newman and Luke Burstow as Co-Chairs of Governors and the structure of the governing body is currently under review.
Committees from September 2018:
- Resources (Remit)
Approved, non-confidential minutes will be published on this page for the full governing body and committee meetings from the last 3 years once they have been approved at the following meeting. Just click on the date of the meeting. These include details of governors’ attendance. Non confidential agenda papers may be available upon request to email@example.com
Meetings School Year 2021/22
Full governing body 22nd September 2021
Extraordinary governing body 10th November 2021 Governors attended: Luke Burstow, Rachel Carter, Kasie Jeewon, Claire Martin, Tim Shelley.
Full governing body 25th November 2021 Governors attended: Jo Adams, Luke Burstow, Rachel Carter, Kasie Jeewon, Claire Martin, Linda Newman (appointed in meeting), Dion Page-Hammond, Ram Ridgwell, Sue Shanks and Tim Shelley
Extraordinary Full governing body (Confidential) 6th December 2021 Governors attended: Luke Burstow, Rachel Carter, Kasie Jeewon, Linda Newman, Dion Page-Hammond, Pam Ridgwell, Sue Shanks and Tim Shelley.
Extraordinary Full governing body (Confidential) 13th December 2021 Governors attended: Jo Adams, Luke Burstow, Rachel Carter, Linda Newman, Dion Page-Hammond, Pam Ridgwell, Sue Shanks and Tim Shelley.
Full governing body 24th January 2022
Full governing body 24th February 2022
Full governing body 7th April 2022
Meetings School Year 2020/21
Resources Committee: 21st October 2020
Meetings School Year 2019/20
Meetings School Year 2018/19
Full Governing Body meeting minutes:
Resources Committee meeting minutes: