Homewood College

Governing

 Governing Body 

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.  Under section 64 of the Education and Inspection act 2006 the local authority can appoint additional governors and these may have a different term. 

How are governors appointed?

Governors do have to meet certain criteria (Declaration Eligibility 2022) and be willing to abide by the Code of Conduct 2023.   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.  The nine local authority appointed governors were appointed by the local authority under s64 of the Education and Inspection act 2006.

Vacancies:   Please contact for further information, Janet Johnson, clerk to the governing body – janetjohnson@homewood.org.uk or 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)

Philip Edkins
Headteacher staff governor

6.11.23 –

Interim Headteacher of Homewood College

Emma Daniel - Chair of Governors

Local Authority appointed additional governor

20.03.2024 -19.03.2025

City Councillor - Central Hove

 

Kirsty Hanna

Local Authority appointed additional governor

20.03.24

-19.03.25

Employed by Brighton and Hove City Council .  Some children at the school may receive a service from Children Safeguarding and Care

Hannah Reed

Local Authority appointed additional governor

20.03.24

-19.03.25

Employed by Brighton and Hove City Council

Sally Polanski

Local Authority appointed additional governor

20.03.24-

19.03.25

Chief Executive Officer of charity Amaze that supports families of children and young people with SEND including SEMH. Brighton and Hove City Council commission Amaze to provide some services

Joyti Azad

Local Authority appointed additional governor

20.03.24 - 19.03.25

1 Employed by Brighton and Hove City Council.

2.Company Director of Spouse's grounds maintenance company: Southern Land Services.

Margaret Clarke

Local Authority appointed additional governor

20.03.24 - 19.03.25

Managing Director of The Beckmead Trust.  The Beckmead Trust is currently providing support to Homewood College.

 

Rachel George

Local Authority appointed additional governor

20.03.24

-19.03.25

 Employed by TKAT Multi-Academy Trust.

Julie Dreher

Local Authority appointed additional governor

21.03.24

-19.03.25

Employed by Brighton and Hove City Council

Lisa Hodge

Local Authority appointed additional governor

21.03.24

-19.03.25

Employed by Brighton and Hove City Council

Governor at Hove Park School

 

Members of the Governing Body who have left office in the previous 12 months

Ruth Turner-Murrell Parent

Term 26.1.21 to 12.7.23

Independent Reviewing Officer and Child Protection Advisor

Jo Adams
Staff Governor

25.9.19 – 24.9.23

Employed at Homewood College

Claire Martin
Co-opted

22.9.21 – 20.9.23

Teacher at Sir Robert Woodward Academy

Pamela Ridgwell

Headteacher staff governor

15.11.21 - 5.11.23

Interim Headteacher, Homewood College

Kasie Jeewon

Co-opted

16.6.21 - 16.11.23

Oasis Project Transitions worker - employee

Luke Burstow
Co-opted Governor (Former Co-Chair of Governors)

8.7.19 - 27.11.23

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)

Anna Foxwell

12.7.23 - 7.3.24

1 Assistant Headteacher/SENDCO at Cardinal Newman School

2.     Co Director of Total Inclusion.  Supply speech and language provision.  Majority in Croydon but also to primary in BHCC.

Linda Newman

(Co-opted Governor Former Chair of Governors)

25.11.21 – 18.3.24

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

Nick Dry

(Co-opted Governor)

20.02.23 - 12.3.24

Formerly headteacher at a Croydon school

Rosalind Turner

(Co-opted Governor - Former Vice Chair)

20.02.23 - 18.3.24

Chair of Governors at Mile Oak Primary School
Trustee Shoreham Wordfest CIO
Trustee Ropetackle Arts Centre

(30.10.23)Director Shoreview Community Company

Rachel Carter (Co-opted Governor)

13.07.20 – 12.3.24
(13.7.16)

(10.10.23) Self Employed skills and education advisor
Member of Management Committee of Connected Hub and Connected PRU (1.9.22)

Sue Shanks (Local authority governor)

26.11.20 –

22.3.24
(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)

The Work of the Governing Body 

The work of the Governing Body includes but is not limited to ensuring:

  • that the vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school are clearly defined
  • that the headteacher performs their responsibilities for the educational performance of the school
  • the sound, proper and effective use of the school’s financial resources

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 2023 More information about the role of governors is available in the Governance Handbook October 2020

The governing body has not delegated any of its work to committees or individual governors, although there is provision for a pay committee (remit) drawn from the governing body to fulfil its functions under the pay policy.  The Chair of Governors is Emma Daniel who may be contacted via the clerk to governors janetjohnson@homewood.org.uk or ringing the school 01273 604472.

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@homewood.org.uk

Meetings School Year 2023/24

Meetings are all full governing body meetings:

Full governing body meetings 2023/24:

1. Minutes 14th September 2023 attended by Luke Burstow, Rachel Carter, Nick Dry, Anna Foxwell, Linda Newman, Pam Ridgwell and Rosalind Turner

2. 19th October 2023; attended by Luke Burstow, Rachel Carter, Nick Dry, Kasie Jeewon, Pam Ridgwell and Rosalind Turner.

3. FGB 30th October 2023 (Confidential) attended by Luke Burstow, Rachel Carter, Nick Dry, Anna Foxwell, Kasie Jeewon, Linda Newman, Sue Shanks and Rosalind Turner;

4. FGB 16th November 2023 (Confidential) attended by Luke Burstow, Rachel Carter, Nick Dry, Philip Edkins, Anna Foxwell, Kasie Jeewon, Linda Newman and Sue Shanks.

5.FGB 30th November 2023 Minutesattended by Rachel Carter, Nick Dry, Philip Edkins, Anna Foxwell, Linda Newman and Rosalind Turner.

6.FGB 11th January 2024 AgendaMeeting attended by Rachel Carter, Nick Dry, Philip Edkins, Anna Foxwell, Linda Newman and Rosalind Turner.

7. FGB 31st January 2024 - (Confidential) Extraordinary meeting attended by Rachel Carter, Philip Edkins, Anna Foxwell, Linda Newman and Sue Shanks.

8 FGB 27th February 2024 Cancelled

9. FGB 5th March 2024 FGB - Confidential Extraordinary meeting  attended by Rachel Carter, Nick Dry, Philip Edkins, Linda Newman, Sue Shanks and Rosalind Turner

10. FGB 11th March 2024 Confidential Extraordinary meeting attended by Rachel Carter, Nick Dry, Philip Edkins, Linda Newman and Rosalind Turner. 

11 FGB 18th March 2024 Confidential Extraordinary meeting.  Governors attending: Sue Shanks and Phil Edkins

12FGB 21st March 2024 Attended by Joyti Azad, Emma Daniel, Philip Edkins, Kirsty Hanna, Sally Polanski and Hannah Reed

 

13FGB 18th April 2024 Extraordinary meeting attended by Joyti Azad, Emma Daniel, Julie Dreher, Philip Edkins, Rachel George, Kirsty Hanna, Lisa Hodge, Hannah Reed and Sally Polanski

14 FGB 24th April 2024 Extraordinary meeting attended by Joyti Azad, Margaret Clarke, Emma Daniel, Julie Dreher, Philip Edkins, Kirsty Hanna and Sally Polanski.

15FGB 7th May 2024 FGB attended by Margaret Clarke, Emma Daniel, Philip Edkins, Lisa Hodge, Sally Polanski and Hanna Reed

16FGB 23rd May 2024 Agenda to follow

 

 

Meetings School Year 2022/23

Meetings for the year 2022/23 are all full governing body meetings: 5th October 20229th November 202217th November 2022; 23rd January 2023 (confidential inquorate meeting attended by Luke Burstow, Kasie Jeewon, Linda Newman and Sue Shanks) 20th February 202320th March 20239th May 2023; 13th June 2023 and 12th July 2023.

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

Full governing body 13th July 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

 

Governing Body Code of Conduct