The Governing Body has a good working relationship with the head teacher which facilitates effective leadership and management in the school. We monitor and evaluate and promote improvement strategies as agreed in the Downs View School Plan. The Governing Body recruits and appoints the Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher. It assists with the recruitment of senior staff. The Governing Body constitution from 1st September 2015 is:

  • 2 parent governors (elected by parent nomination process and appointed by the governing body)

  • 1 Head Teacher (appointed by the governing body)

  • 1 staff representative

  • 1 local authority governor (appointed by the governing body and elected by the local authority)

  • 6 co-opted governors (appointed by the governing body as members with skills useful to the governing body)

  • 2 associate governors (Deputy HT and community representative)

The Governing Body comprises of:

2016 – 2017
NAME OF GOVERNOR08-Sep-1613-Oct-1601-Dec-1626-Jan-1709-Mar-1727-Apr-1718-May-1706-Jul-17Attendance   
Mrs Felicity Moore – AuthorityYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes 8 out of 8  
Mr Lee Clark – Co-OptedAbsentAbsentAbsentEnd of OfficeN/AN/AN/AResignedTerm of office ended 31 Dec 2016N/A  
Mr Neil Mackinnon – AssocApologiesYesApologiesYesYesApologiesApologiesYes 4 out of 8  
Lisa Somerville (Staff)YesYesYesYesYesApologiesYesYes 7 out of 8  
Tracy Kent – HeadteacherYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes 8 out of 8  
Mrs Elizabeth Hammond – Co-OptedYesYesYesApologiesYesApologiesApologiesApologies 4 out of 8  
Mrs Sarah Collins  (DHT)YesYesYesYesApologiesYesYesYes Observer  
Mrs Caroline MaceyYesApologiesYesYesYesYesYesYes 7 out of 8  
Tina Odzemir – Co-OptedYesYesYesYesYesYesApologiesYes 7 out of 8  
Mrs Rachael Manger – ParentYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesResigned July 20178 out of 8  
Jennifer White – ParentYesYesYesApologiesYesYesYesYes 7 out of 8  
Mr Marc Wheeler – Co-Opted GovernorYEsYesYesYesYesYesApologiesResignedResigned June 20176 out of 8  
Mrs Kelly Howse – Parent GovernorYesYesApologiesYesYesAbsentResignedResignedResigtned May 20174 out of 6  
Nicola Drage- SBMYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes Observer  
Claire Pitts (Co-Opted)  N/AYes – ObsYesApologiesResignedResignedResigned May 20172 out of 3   
Nic Petri – Co-Opted YesApologiesYesYesYesYesApologiesYes 6 out of 8  
Diane Turner       YesObserver1 out of 1  
Catherine Smith       YesObserver1 out of 1  

National Award for the Governors of Downs View Infant School

April 2016

The Governors are celebrating their success in obtaining GOVERNOR MARK, a national quality accreditation award that recognises excellence in school governance.

To merit the award the governing body must show that it has effective procedures and fulfils its statutory duties but must also demonstrate the impact it has on improving the school.

Detailed evidence is submitted covering the important roles of the governing body including school improvement, impact on pupil outcomes and strategic leadership. External assessors then visit the school to interview the governors, the Headteacher and the Clerk.

Felicity Moore, the Chair of Governors is proud of her team. “Our team has shown how we all work together to benefit Downs View Infant School and we are proud to have been awarded Governor Mark, it is a magnificent achievement. We have all worked hard to improve the effectiveness of our governing body and we now hope to share our good practice with other schools in the area.”

The Headteacher Tracy Kent added, “I feel privileged to have such an amazing team of volunteers who support and challenge the strategic direction of the school. This accreditation acknowledges their continual hard work and commitment to Downs View where the children’s needs are always put at the heart of all that we do.”

If you feel you have what it takes to be a governor, please contact Felicity Moore at Downs View School for more information.

Governing Body Meetings

We meet at least 10 times during the academic year. Decisions are made on the basis of sound financial analysis so that spending decisions are made on measuring the outcomes in terms of value for money and performance management.

The Headteacher provides the governors with an update report at each governing body meeting and highlights progress and any issues that require decisions. We also have at each meeting, a staff presentation on an aspect of the curriculum, Pupil Premium, Data analysis, or future plans.

We review school policies over the year and instigate new ones if needed. Minutes of the meetings are circulated by the Clerk to the governors ahead of each meeting to enable governors to agree that they are a true record. Papers for meetings are also circulated to allow governors to scrutinise and raise any questions.

Monitoring visits

Governors are clearly visible at school events such as assemblies, whole school celebrations such as International Day, and parent evenings. Governors visit the school regularly and to report their findings to the governing body.

We re-constituted in 2014 so that Governor visits focus on:-

  • Leadership & Management

  • Behaviour & safety

  • Teaching and learning

  • Achievement

  • Budget & monitoring

  • Skills and Training

We conducted a skills audit so that we know the skills that we have and what skills we need when recruiting new governors. The skills audit shows where training would improve our knowledge and benefit the school.

All governors have attended induction training and most of us take advantage of training offered by the school and Kelsi.

Ofsted Report 2011

Downs View was rated as ‘Outstanding’ in 2011 when we had our last Ofsted Report. This confirmed that the school offers:- ‘Good provision for the very youngest children which means that they have a happy start to school life.’ Please click here to see our new Instrument of Government agreed in January 2015

Governor Attendance Record

NAME OF GOVERNOR17-Sep-1515-Oct-1503-Dec-1521-Jan-1610-Mar-1621-Apr-1626-May-1607-Jul-16Attendance
Mrs Felicity Moore – AuthorityYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes8 out of 8
Mr Lee Clark – Co-OptedApologiesYesYesApologiesNoYesYesApologies4 out of 8
Mr Neil Mackinnon – AssocYesNoYesApologiesYesApologiesYesNo4 out of 8
Mrs Alison Andrews – Staff GovernorYesApologiesYesYesYesApologiesYesNo5 out of 8
Tracy Kent – HeadteacherYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes8 out of 8
Mrs Elizabeth Hammond – Co-OptedYesYesYesYesApologiesYesYesYes7 out of 8
Mrs Sarah Collins (DHT)YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes8 out of 8
Mrs Caroline MaceyYesYesApologiesYesYesYesApologiesYes6 out of 8
Tina Odzemir – Co-OptedYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes8 out of 8
Mrs Rachael Manger – ParentYesYesYesYesYEsYesYesYes8 out of 8
Jennifer White – Parent YesYesYesYesYesYesYes7 out of 7
Mr Marc Wheeler – Co-Opted Governor   YesYesYesYesApologies4 out of 5
Mrs Kelly Howse – Parent Governor      YesYes2 out of 2
Co-Opted Vacancy         
Nic Petri – Co-OptedYesApologiesYesYesYesYesYesYes7 out of 8

Meet the Governors

Annual Governance Report

Befriend A Governor

Each Governor is linked to an area which they have particular skills or knowledge in.