Our Chair of Governors is Jonathan Freer
Governors act as the school’s 'critical friend'. We are there to support the headteacher so that she can set the school's direction and stay focused on it. We establish the school's vision, which we use to help our strategic thinking. Taking our lead from Mrs. Carlton the governors think about how the school looks, whether we need new buildings and how to maintain the ones we have. Governors must check that the budget makes sense, adds up, and isn't overspent —and we also try to allocate money towards projects that will develop the school.
It is crucial to look at whether the children are making good progress, and we support Mrs. Carlton to support the staff in delivering an effective and engaging curriculum. We have built frameworks to ensure that the children are always safe, and that everybody's needs are met.
We work through a system of committees, which report back to the full governing body. Our agenda is determined by an evolving self-evaluation document, which shows us where we would like to push for improvements, and we are responsible for the extensive range of policies that every school must have in place.
The full Governing Body meets once each term to discuss school strategy and take decisions. Many of us are in school on a regular basis, either taking Collective Worship, helping in class or just dropping off or picking up our children. Being a governor is challenging and rewarding and we are all hugely proud to be part of Downton Primary School.
The Governing Body consists of the Headteacher, Foundation Governors (appointed by the Church), Parent Governors (elected by the parents), Teacher and Staff Governors and one Governor appointed by the LA. From time to time we have Associate Governors for special projects.
The Clerk to Governors is Mrs Joanna Blad and you can contact her using firstname.lastname@example.org, please write 'Message for Clerk to the Governors' in the subject box.
Seven governors currently have children at the school, and four used to have children here. Governor elections are held when posts are vacant; we currently have a Foundation Governor vacancy, so if you are interested in joining us please do get in touch.
If you have any questions about the work of the governors you can contact me via the school office, or by email.
Jonathan Freer, Chairman
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Information about our Governors
My son has been at the school since 2012 and I've been a foundation governor since 2014. I'm a Chartered Accountant and the Chief Financial Officer of Help for Heroes, based in Downton. I sit on the Staffing & Finance Committee, the Admissions Committee and am the link governor for Early Years Foundation Stage.
I have been a governor of Downton Primary since coming here as Vicar in 2002. I have two daughters who both attended the school. I greatly enjoy working with the school, visiting every week and leading collective worship once a fortnight. I am also a governor of Morgan’s Vale and Woodfalls School and have been a school governor for over 25 years.
My wife and I are both active members of Downton Baptist Church and we are leaders of a Church Community Group that meets weekly. Our children have all attended Downton Primary School although that is now some time ago. I am now retired as a senior manager with Meachers Global Logistics where I managed several large customer accounts and specialised in H M Customs Regimes. I am passionate about Mathematics and I now regularly attend school to help children with their times tables. I will earnestly try to do my best for the school within my four years of office.
Dr Joy Hughes
After a long and varied career in academia, research and the Civil Service I felt that it was time to give something back to our education system especially to our village school. I volunteered in March 2016 to become a Foundation Governor since I recognised that Downton CofE Primary School upheld Christian beliefs and values as well as having a high educational standard. I have five grandchildren all at different CofE primary schools and hence my interest in ensuring that all children reach a high educational standard in a safe and caring community.
I am currently Governor responsible for Safeguarding, Child Protection and Welfare and I serve on the Teaching and Learning Committee.
In addition I am the Link Governor for Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE).
Dr Matthew Beardah
My family moved to Downton in 2016 and I recently because a Parent Governor in 2017. As well as sitting on the Staffing & Finance Committee, I am the link Governor for Science. As a Chartered Chemist and Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, I am passionate about Science. Seeing our kids being inquisitive and curious about the world around them, and how it works, is truly inspirational and a great motivator. It just takes one spark to ignite their curiosity- who knows where this will lead them.
I have been teaching at Downton Primary School since 2000. Since 2011 I have been a Foundation Governor and before that I was a staff governor. I sit on the Teaching and Learning Committee where the staff feed back to the group about what is happening on a daily basis at our school and new developments in different subjects. I enjoy working with our team of talented governors who all bring their different skills together to help make our school a wonderful place within the community.
I joined as a governor in March 2017, having lived in Downton since 2012 and originally growing up in Woodfalls. My children, Emily and Oliver are in year’s 4 and 2 respectively. My role within the governor framework will be focussing on SEN (Special Educational Needs) and how we use our pupil premium funding.
I have been a governor since September 2017 and I am the Facilities Manager at The Burgate School and 6th Form in Fordingbridge. I also help with the maintenance and statutory testing requirements at Downton Primary School.
My wife Becci works as a TA at Downton Primary School and our children are currently in years 3 and 4. I enjoy DIY, camping and I love the outdoors. I have an allotment and play guitar in a band with a couple of other parents whose children attend our school.
I am a Foundation Governor and my association with this outstanding school is through my children. Arthur who is loving his time here and is fully engaged with all the school has to offer and two girls who have now started secondary school and benefited from the excellent experience and education the school gave them. I am the Link Governor for Geography and ECO and Chair of the Teaching and Learning Committee. Being a Governor does not take a large amount of time and is extremely rewarding for me, feeling I am supporting the school and its exceptional staff in their delivery of an outstanding learning experience for our children. I would recommend it to anyone thinking of it.