Local Governance Committee


Overview

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 Governance Committee (LGC) to focus on providing support, overcoming challenges in the delivery of educational excellence, and outstanding outcomes for all pupils.

There are direct channels of communication between the principal and the LGC chair and central services. The clerk to the board of trustees will hold contact details for all members of LGCs within TWHF. However, routine communication for day-to-day school business should come from the chair of that LGC, managed by the school or through an LGC clerk.

The principal and the chair of the LGC are responsible for ensuring the quality and timely distribution of all material needed to keep LGC members well-informed about the school and TWHF. The principal and the chair are also responsible for ensuring the views of the LGC have good lines of communication 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 attend any LGC.

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 LGC:

  • Talk about teaching and learning.
  • Know a great deal about the school and its community.
  • Are ambitious for the school and its community.
  • 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.
  • Maintain strong and effective relationships within TWHF.

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 LGCs, chairs groups, principals, the central team, and the executive leadership team.

If you need to contact the local governors please click here to email the clerk


Current Local Governance Committee

Mrs Nina Johnson – Head Teacher

Mr Chris Chapman - Chair of Governors

Mrs Jennifer Hopkins - Parent Local Governor & Vice Chair

Mr Jonathan Akehurst - Co-opted Local Governor, Safeguarding Governor

Miss Sarah Pearce - Staff Local Governor (Teaching)

Mrs Tracey Jones - Staff Local Governor (Non Teaching)

Capt Dustin Fogarty - Co-opted Local Governor/Military Liaison

Mrs Jackie Udale - Clerk to the Governors


Register of Interests 2023-24 and Attendance 2022-23

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

Name

Position

Nature of Interest

Date Interest Registered

Date Interest Ceased

Term of Office

Attendance 2022-23

Mrs Nina Johnson

Principal

Other family employed by TWHF

30/09/2019

N/A

30/04/2017

6 of 6

Mr Chris Chapman

Chair of Governors

None

N/A

N/A

03/06/2019- 02/06/2027

5 of 6

Mr Chris Wright

Co-opted Local Governor

None

N/A

N/A

02/11/2020 - 31/03/2023

4 of 6

Mrs Jennifer Hopkins

Parent Local Governor

None

N/A

N/A

02/11/2020 - 01/11/2024

5 of 6

Dr Helen Arter

Parent Local Governor

None

N/A

N/A

02/05/2022 – 30/05/2023

5 of 6

Capt Mike Richardson

Co-opted Local Governor (Army Link)

None

N/A

N/A

01/09/2022 - 31/03/2023

3 of 5

WO1 Neville Gavazzi

Co-opted Local Governor (Army Link)

None

N/A

N/A

24/04/2023 - 23/04/2027

1 of 2

Mr Jonathan Akehurst

Co-opted Local Governor, Safeguarding Governor

None

N/A

N/A

01/09/2022 - 31/08/2026

5 of 6

Miss Sarah Pearce

Staff Local Governor (Teaching)

None

N/A

N/A

01/09/2022 - 31/08/2026

6 of 6

Mrs Tracey Jones

Staff Local Governor (Non-teaching)

None

N/A

N/A

01/09/2022 - 31/08/2026

5 of 6

Previous Governors

Mrs Helen Arter – Left May 2023

Capt Mike Richardson – Left March 2023

Mr Chris Wright – Left March 2023

Mrs Sophie Hailey – Left July 2022

Mr Neil Morris – Left July 2022

Mr Matt Price – Left July 2022

Capt Dwain Tucker – Left July 2022

Dr Hannah Beckley DC - Left 31/01/2022

Mrs Antonia McLuskey - Left 02/09/2021


The White Horse Federation Governance Information

Click on the button below to access TWHF governance information, including:

  • Annual report
  • Annual audited accounts
  • Memorandum of association
  • Articles of association
  • Names of charity trustees and members
  • Funding agreement
  • Higher Paid Staff reports

TWHF GOVERNANCE INFORMATION