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Governors’ meetings

Full Governing Body (FGB) meetings

The full governing body meets once or twice a term.  At these meetings the governing body carries out its three core functions, as identified by the Department for Education in the Governance Handbook:

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 money is well spent.

The current Chair of Governors is Karen Preston and the Vice Chairs are Richard Rudd, Catherine Horner and Rachel Cooper. Minutes are published here, once they have been agreed by the governing body at the following meeting and available on request.

Full Governing Body (FGB) Membership 2016-2017 Karen Preston (Chair); Julie Cattell (JC); Rachel Cooper (RC); Giovanni Franceschi (GF); Emma Hearn (EH); Imran Hussain (IH); Catherine Horner (CH); Jan Mathew (JM); James Murray (JM); Rosie Reekie (RR); Richard Rudd (RFR); Caroline Taylor (CT).

24 September 2015

19 November 2015

4 February 2016

3 March 2016

28 April 2016

9 June 2016

12 July 2016

28 September 2016

13 December 2016


In previous years some functions were delegated to Committees.  Downs Junior School had three committees and the minutes are listed below.

Resources Committee (RC)  Membership 2015-16: Karen Preston (Chair), James Murray, Giovanni Franceschi and Rosie Reekie, Caroline Taylor

Terms of reference – October 2015

19 October 2015

18 January 2016

23 May 2016

Curriculum and Closing the Gap Committee (CACG)  Membership 2015-16: Richard Rudd + Catherine Horner (Co-Chairs), Rachel Cooper, Rachel Attwell, Emma Hearn, Giovanni Franceschi, Jan Mathew and Jos Kendall

Terms of Reference

12 November 2015

28 January 2016

18 May 2016

Children, Family and Community (CFC) Membership 2015-16:

9 November 2015

14 January 2016

14 April 2016

Previous minutes are available on request.  Certain associated papers from the meetings are also available on request, although some will be confidential.  Please contact the Clerk to Governors for further information by email giulieankers@downsjun.brighton-hove.sch.uk or telephone the school office.


The Constitution of Governing Bodies in Maintained School (August 2015) requires governing bodies to publish individual governors’ attendance at meetings in the last year.  In the table below, governors initials are listed along the top (see full names on Our Governors page) and meetings are listed on the left hand side.


Key: Y = Yes (in attendance), N = No (not in attendance), N/A = not a member of that committee / resigned / not appointed.

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