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 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 – janetjohnson@chb.org.uk or LindaNewman@chb.org.uk or via the school office – 01273 604472

Homewood College Governing Body Governors and Register of Interests

Name, Category
(Responsibility)
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, Chair of Resources Committee and Health and Safety link governor)
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. Resigned 1.4.22
Rachel Carter
Co-opted
13.07.20 – 10.07.24
(13.7.16)
Freelance Consultant, Brighton Dome and Festival (2019)
Member of Management Committee of Connected Hub and Connected PRU
Claire Martin
Co-opted
22.9.21 – 21.9.25Teacher at Sir Robert Woodward Academy
Kasie Jeewon
Co-opted
16.6.21 – 15.6.25Oasis Project Transitions worker – Employee
Linda Newman
Co-opted
(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. Resigned 1.4.22
Pamela Ridgwell
Headteacher
15.11.21 –Executive headteacher of Homewood College, 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 (3)
Contact School office or lindanewman@chb.org.uk if you are interested in joining the team.
Sue Shanks
Local Authority
26.11.20 – 25.11.24
(21.06.16)
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
Jeffrey Mathews
Co-opted
08.11.17 – 14.7.21Retired Educational Psychologist
Bob Wall
Co-opted
(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.
Tim Shelley
(Vice Chair)
Co-opted
22.9.21 – 1.4.22Member of Management Committee of Connected Hub and Connected pru.
Dion Page-Hammond
Co-opted
22.9.21 – 5.4.22Support 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:

Meetings

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 janetjohnson@chb.org.uk

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

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