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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 materials 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 effectively 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:

  • 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.

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.

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

Current Local Governors

Mrs Nina Johnson Principal
Mr Chris Chapman Chair of Governors
Mr Matt price Co-opted Local Governor
Mr Dwain Tucker Community Local Governor/Military Liaison
Mrs Sophie Hailey Staff Local Governor (Non Teaching)
Mr Daniel Potts Community Local Governor
Mr Chris Wright Parent Local Governor
Dr Hannah Beckley DC Parent Local Governor
Mrs Jennifer Hopkins Parent Local Governor
Mrs Antonia McLuskey Parent Local Governor
Mr Neil Morris Staff Local Governor (Teaching)

Register of Interests 2020-21 & Register of Attendance 2019-20

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

NamePositionNature of InterestDate Interest registeredDate Interest CeasedDates of service Register of Attendance 2019-20

Mrs Nina Johnson

PrincipalOther family employed by TWHF30/09/19NA30/04/17-5 of 5
Mr Chris ChapmanChair of GovernorsNoneNANA03/06/19- 03/06/232 of 2
Mrs Sue BatsonStaff Local GovernorNoneNANA01/09/15-01/09/194 of 5
Mr Matt PriceCo-opted Local GovernorNoneNANA03/06/19-03/06/232 of 2
Mrs Sophie HaileyStaff Local GovernorNoneNANA01/09/19-01/09/23NA
Mr Dwain TuckerLocal GovernorCommunity (Army Link)NANA01/09/20 - 01/09/24NA
Mr Neil Morris
Staff Local Governor (Teaching) NoneNANA02/11/2020 - 01/11/2020
Mrs Antonia McLuskey
Parent Local GovernorNoneNANA02/11/2020 - 01/11/2020
Mrs Jennifer Hopkins
Parent Local Governor
NoneNANA02/11/2020 - 01/11/2020
Dr Hannah Beckley DC
Parent Local Governor
NoneNANA02/11/2020 - 01/11/2020NA
Mr Chris WrightParent Local Governor
NoneNANA02/11/2020 - 01/11/2020
Mr Daniel Potts
Community Local Governor
NoneNANA02/11/2020 - 01/11/2020NA

Previous Governors

Rebecca Kinderman - Left 30/10/2020

James Ruff - Left 30/09/2020

Mr Brian Pratt - Left 01/09/2020

WO2 Martin Caldwell - Left 20/12/19

The White Horse Federation Local Governing

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 executive board. This process will be repeated every two years, thus affording new chairs the opportunity to be similarly elected.

TWHF executive board 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 executive board as communicated to the LGB.

To learn more, visit The White Horse Federation website.

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