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 the headteacher, 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 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.   Should you wish to apply to become a governor please contact the school office for an application form.

Vacancies:  There are currently one 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

Homewood College Governing Body Governors and Register of Interests

Name, Category
Current Term
(first appointed)
Register of Interests
(date informed or commenced if not predating appointment)
Jo Adams
Staff Governor
25.9.19 – 24.9.23Employed at Homewood College
Luke Burstow
Co-opted Governor (Co-Chair of Governors
08.07.19 – 07.07.23Spouse 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
Rachel Carter
13.07.20 – 10.07.24
Freelance Consultant, Brighton Dome and Festival (2019)
Member of Management Committee of Connected Hub and Connected PRU
Claire Martin
22.9.21 – 21.9.25Teacher at Sir Robert Woodward Academy
Kasie Jeewon
16.6.21 – 15.6.25Oasis Project Transitions worker – Employee
Linda Newman
(Co-chair of Governors)
25.11.21 – 24.11.25Part-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
Dion Page-Hammond
22.9.21 – 21.9.25TBA + Member of Management Committee of Connected Hub and Connected PRU
Pamela Ridgwell
15.11.21 –Executive headteacher of Homewood College, Connected Hub and Connected PRU
Tim Shelley
(Vice Chair)
22.9.21 – 21.9.25TBA + Member of Management Committee of Connected Hub and Connected PRU
Ruth Turner-Murrell Parent26.1.21 – 25.1.25Independent Reviewing Officer and Child Protection Advisor
VacanciesParent Governor (1)
Co-Opted (1)
Contact School office or if you are interested in joining the team.
Sue Shanks
Local Authority
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
Claire Saunders
11.12.20 – 25.11.24
Flora Jenkins
01.09.18 – 25.0.21Communications and recruitment consultant to Olive Academies MAT. They operate alternative provision academies outside B&H. Partner of the number five partnership, a consultancy which offers support to schools, academies and trusts since June 2018.
Jeffrey Mathews
08.11.17 – 14.7.21Retired Educational Psychologist
Bob Wall
(Chair of Governors)
31.1.18 – 31.8.21Chair 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 Cook10.04.18 – 31.10.21Executive Headteacher of Homewood College, also Brighton Pupil Referral Unit and The Connected Hub, Member of their Management Committee.

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 The Connected PRU (formerly 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.

The governing body is led by Linda Newman and Luke Burstow as Co-Chairs of Governors.

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 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

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