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Headteacher: Paula Carlton

Downton CofE VA Primary School

"Valuing Faith in Children and Education"


Governors of Downton Primary School


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, 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

Dates and time of future Full Governing Body Meetings 2019:

·         Monday 25th March @ 6.30pm

·         Monday 20th May @ 6.30pm

·         Monday 15th July @ 6.30pm