Governing Body – Homewood College

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 headteacher staff all terms are for 4 years, although a governor may resign at any time.

How are governors appointed?

Governors do have to meet certain criteria (Declaration Eligibility 2021) and be willing to abide by the Code of Conduct 2020.   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.   Should you wish to apply to become a governor please contact the school office for an application form.

Vacancies:  There are currently four 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 either of these roles.  Please contact for further information, Janet Johnson, clerk to the governing body – or Rachel Carter – or via the school office – 01273 604472

Governors and Register of Interests

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 2020 More information about the role of governors is available in the Governance Handbook October 2020

Homewood College has connections with The Connected Hub and Brighton and Hove Pupil Referral Unit and together they form The Central Hub.  From April 2018 they have all been led by an Executive Headteacher.   The governing body at Homewood College liaises with members of these units’ management committee to develop the benefits of joint working.  The structure of the governing body changed in autumn 2018 to two working groups made up of governors and members of the Management Committee and a Resources Committee made up solely of governors.  The working groups have advisory powers only.  There is also provision for a pay committee (remit) drawn from the governing body to fulfil its functions under the pay policy.

Committees from September 2018:

Working groups from September 2018:

  • Performance
  • Safeguarding


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

Meetings School Year 2020/21

Full governing body meeting minutes: 23rd September 2020 26th November 2020

22nd February 2021 24th March 2021 (Governors present 24.3.21JA LB RC LC JM SS RTM BW) 12th May 2021 16th June 2021 14th July 2021

Resources Committee: 21st October 2020

Meetings School Year 2019/20

Full governing body meeting minutes 25.9.19 21.10.19 11.12.19 20.1.20 25.2.20 23.3.20 13.5.20 9.7.20

Resources Committee meeting minutes 16.10.2019 27.11.19  4.2.2020

Meetings School Year 2018/19

Full Governing Body meeting minutes:

8th July 2019 1st May 2019 21st March 2019

12th December 2018 24th September 2018

Resources Committee meeting minutes:

5th June 2019 27th February 2019 21st January 2019 27th November 2018