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Local Governing Body


The governance of a multi-academy trust differs from those of maintained schools. The White Horse Federation (TWHF) believes that placing statutory responsibilities firmly at its centre, in the remit of the Board of Trustees, allows the local governing body (LGB) to focus on providing support, overcoming challenges in the delivery of educational excellence, and achieving outstanding outcomes for all pupils.

There are direct channels of communication between the principal and the LGB chair and central services. The clerk to the Board of Trustees will hold contact details for all members of LGBs within TWHF. However, routine communication for day-to-day school business should come from the chair of that LGB, managed by the school or through an LGB clerk, if such a position is deemed necessary.

The principal and the chair of the LGb are responsible for ensuring the quality and timely distribution of all material needed to keep LGB members well-informed about the school and TWHF. The principal and the chair are also responsible for ensuring the views of the LGB are well communicated to the Board of Trustees. This can be done via the elected chair’s representative on the Board of Trustees. Senior executives from TWHF will be nominated by the CEO to sit on an LGB. Trustees reserve the right to attend any LGB meeting.

The White Horse Federation has a very clear and shared understanding of what constitutes good and effective governance. Schools within TWHF will be judged to have outstanding governance when members of the LGB:

  1. Talk about teaching and learning.
  2. Know a great deal about the school and its community.
  3. Are ambitious for the school and its community.
  4. Ask questions which make colleagues reflect, and that these discussions lead to delivering the very best outcomes for every child and adult within the school community.
  5. Maintain strong and effective relationships within TWHF.

In order for the shared model of governance to be effective for TWHF and the schools, it is essential that there is effective communication between the Board of Trustees, the LGbs, chairs groups, principals, the central team, and the executive leadership team.

Current Local Governors

Mr Julian Morgan Principal
Mrs M Askey Chair of Governors and Parent Local Governor
Mr K Rose Vice Chair of Governors, Co-opted Local Governor
Mr I Mullings Staff (Non Teaching) Local Governor
Mrs V Mackay Staff (Teaching) Local Governor
Mrs C Kelly Co-opted Local Governor
Mr A McVernon Co-opted Local Governor
Mrs S Rolley Parent Local Governor

Register of Interests 2020-21 and Attendance 2019-20

Governors have been appointed by the board of trustees and will serve a four-year term.

Name-RoleNature of InterestDate RegisteredDate CeasedDates of ServiceAttendance 2019-20
Mr P BevanPrincipalNoneN/AN/A11/04/16 - 11/04/205 of 5
Mrs M Askey
Chair of Governors
Parent Local Governor
07.10.20 - 31/01/24
5 of 5
Mr K RoseVice Chair of Governors,
Co-opted Local Governor
N/AN/A12/10/13 - 31/01/212 of 5
Mr I MullingsStaff (Non Teaching) Local GovernorTWHF Employee27/09/15N/A27/09/15 - 31/01/215 of 5
Mrs V MackayStaff (Teaching) Local GovernorFoundation Governor at St Thomas a Becket
Primary School
17/10/18N/A23/09/15 - 31/01/214 of 5
Mrs C KellyCo-opted Local GovernorDeputy Head & Staff Governor at
All Cannings School
15/10/18N/A24/15/17 - 31/01/212 of 2
Mr A McVernonCo-opted Local GovernorNoneN/AN/A22/05/19 - 21/05/235 of 5
Mrs S RolleyParent Local GovernorNoneN/AN/A16/10/19 - 15/10/234 of 5

Previous Governors resigned in last 12 months

Mr P Moorcroft - Left 14/09/20

Mr P Jenkins - Left 05/02/20

Mr M Burr - Left 05/02/20

Mrs J Edwards - left - 25/03/19

Mrs Easton - left - 4/12/19

The White Horse Federation Local Governing Body

Each school has its own local governing body (LGB). The chair of each LGB will also sit on a collective group of similar chairs, from which one representative will be elected and then co-opted onto the Board of Trustees. This process will be repeated every two years, thus affording new chairs the opportunity to be similarly elected.

TWHF Board of Trustees has clearly identified the areas of responsibility that they delegate to the LGBs. Although not in any way legally responsible, and not itself accountable for the statutory functions, the LGB has an important role to play in assisting the school to operate effectively in line with the wishes of TWHF Board of Trustees as communicated to the LGB.

To learn more, visit The White Horse Federation website.

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