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THE DOWNS SCHOOL
The Governing Board of The Downland Federation
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Our School Governing Board

School Governors are people who want to make a positive contribution to children's education. Governors are one of the largest volunteer forces in the country and have an important part to play in raising school standards. The role of the Governing Board is absolutely key to the effectiveness of a school. Time and time again Ofsted (the national inspection body for schools) has noted that the most effective schools demonstrate effective leadership and management - including by the Governing Board.  

All schools in England have a Governing Board which is responsible for overseeing many of the strategic decisions of the school. A key role is to act as a 'critical friend': to support, to challenge, to ask questions, ultimately to represent the school community.

The Governing Board works in close partnership with the Headteacher, Staff and the Local Authority. Whilst the Headteacher is, of course, responsible for the day to day running of the school, the Governors are involved with such things as staffing, curriculum, school buildings and finance. It ensures the school functions well and maintains the proper range of academic and social objectives.

What does the Governing Board do?

School Governors provide strategic leadership and accountability. Governors appoint the Headteacher and assistant headteacher. It is Governors who hold the main responsibility for finance  and it is Governors who work with the headteacher to make the tough decisions about balancing resources.  Each individual Governor is a member of a governing board, which is established in law as a corporate body. Individual Governors may not act independently of the rest of the Governing Board. Decisions are the joint responsibility of the Governing Board. The role of the Governing Board is to ensure high standards of achievement for all children in the school, its key functions are: 

The Headteacher is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and the implementation of the strategic framework established by the Governing Board.

If you would like to use your skills to make a positive impact on the education of our pupils and would like to know more about how you can become a school Governor at The Downs School, please contact us.

On the 6th September 2016 we federated with Beedon C of E Primary School, as a result we have reconstituted our Governing Board increasing from 16 to 18 members: 1 extra Foundation Governor place and 1 extra Co-opted Governor. The Governing Board is now 'The Downland Federation'.

The Governing Board shall consist of:

The standard term of office for a governor is four years. The Chair and Vice-Chair are elected annually at the first meeting of the academic year. The Chair of Governors is Emily Havers, who can be contacted via contact us. The work of the Governing Board is carried out at full board level with two focus based (Teaching and Learning and Resources) meetings per term.  There are seperate committees dealing with finance, staff pay and conditions, achievement and curriculum, students, and teaching and learning.

Our Governors

Chris Prosser

Positions of Responsibility: Executive Headteacher
Category of Governor: Executive Headteacher
Appointed By: Ex-officio
Committee Membership: None
Term of Office: 07/06/15 - ongoing
2016 - 17 Meeting Attendance: 2/6
Register of Interests: None

Emily Havers

Positions of Responsibility: Chair of Governors
Category of Governor: Co-opted Governor
Appointed By: Governors
Committee Membership: IT Performance Management
Term of Office: 26/01/16 - 25/01/20
2016 - 17 Meeting Attendance: 2/6
Register of Interests: None

Lynn Beasant

Positions of Responsibility: Governor
Category of Governor: Parent Governor
Appointed By: Governors
Committee Membership: Finance
Term of Office: 10/10/16 - 9/10/20
2016 - 17 Meeting Attendance: 1/6
Register of Interests: None

Craig Borlase

Positions of Responsibility: Governor
Category of Governor: Foundation Governor
Appointed By: Governors
Committee Membership:
Term of Office: -
2016 - 17 Meeting Attendance:
Register of Interests: None

Bonnie Brown

Positions of Responsibility: Governor
Category of Governor: Co-opted Governor
Appointed By: Governors
Committee Membership: Achievement and Curriculum, Teaching and Learning
Term of Office: 07/07/15 - 06/07/19
2016 - 17 Meeting Attendance: 1/6
Register of Interests: None

Peter Clark

Positions of Responsibility: Vice Chair of Governors, Health and Safety Governor
Category of Governor: Foundation Governor
Appointed By: Oxford Diocese
Committee Membership: Student Development, Planning and Coordination
Term of Office: 17/07/16 - 16/07/20
2016 - 17 Meeting Attendance: 2/6
Register of Interests: None

Rob Jobson

Positions of Responsibility: Chair of Staff Pay and Conditions, Chair of HT Appraisal
Category of Governor: Co-opted Governor
Appointed By: Governors
Committee Membership: Staff Pay and Conditions, Planning and Coordination
Term of Office: 07/07/15 - 06/07/19
2016 - 17 Meeting Attendance: 2/6
Register of Interests: None

Mel Johnston

Positions of Responsibility: Governor
Category of Governor: Co-opted Governor
Appointed By: Governors
Committee Membership: Student Development
Term of Office: 18/10/16 - 17/10/20
2016 - 17 Meeting Attendance: 1/5
Register of Interests: None

Stephanie Jones

Positions of Responsibility: Vice Chair of Governors, Safeguarding Governor
Category of Governor: LA Governor
Appointed By: Governors
Committee Membership: Student Development, Planning and Coordination
Term of Office: 17/07/16 - 16/07/20
2016 - 17 Meeting Attendance: 2/6
Register of Interests: None

Alison McDonald

Positions of Responsibility: Governor
Category of Governor: Co-opted Governor
Appointed By: Governors
Committee Membership: Staff Pay and Conditions, Achievement and Curriculum
Term of Office: 06/09/16 - 05/09/20
2016 - 17 Meeting Attendance: 2/6
Register of Interests: Director of Primaries, The Downland Federation

Alison Millar

Positions of Responsibility: Governor
Category of Governor: Foundation Governor
Appointed By: Governors
Committee Membership: Achievement and Curriculum, Teaching and Learning
Term of Office: 22/02/17 - 21/02/21
2016 - 17 Meeting Attendance: 2/6
Register of Interests: None

Craig Norford

Positions of Responsibility: Vice Chair of Governors, Chair of Finance
Category of Governor: Co-opted Governor
Appointed By: Governors
Committee Membership: Staff Pay and Conditions, Planning and Coordination, HT Appraisal
Term of Office: 07/07/15 - 06/07/19
2016 - 17 Meeting Attendance: 2/6
Register of Interests: Governor at Curridge Primary School

Marc Rigby

Positions of Responsibility: Governor
Category of Governor: Parent Governor
Appointed By: Governors
Committee Membership: Achievement and Curriculum
Term of Office: 10/10/16 - 09/10/20
2016 - 17 Meeting Attendance: 1/6
Register of Interests: None

Eileen Sarris

Positions of Responsibility: Governor
Category of Governor: Staff Governor
Appointed By: Governors
Committee Membership: Teaching and Learning Committee
Term of Office: 23/09/16 - 22/09/20
2016 - 17 Meeting Attendance: 1/6
Register of Interests: None

Louise Weston

Positions of Responsibility: Governor
Category of Governor: Co-opted Governor
Appointed By: Governors
Committee Membership: To be confirmed
Term of Office: 18/01/17 - 17/01/21
2016 - 17 Meeting Attendance: 1/6
Register of Interests: None

William van Zyl

Positions of Responsibility: Governor
Category of Governor: Co-opted Governor
Appointed By: Governors
Committee Membership: To be confirmed
Term of Office: 22/02/17 - 21/02/21
2016 - 17 Meeting Attendance:
Register of Interests: None

 

Further Information on our Governors

Instrument of Government

2016-17 Meeting Attendance - Full Governing Board

2015-16 Meeting Attendance - Full Governing Board

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