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 trustee board, 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 trustee board 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 trustee board. 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.
Current Local Governors
Mr J M Heap
Mr David Bishop
Chair of Governors (Co-opted Governor)
Mr Tim Cooper
Mrs Jane Byett
Mr Adrian Buckmaster
Ms Nicola Budding
Mrs Tracy Millard
Miss Dorota Kawecka
Mr Leroy Woodhouse
Mr Andy James
Mr Tobi Marks
Register of Interests 2019-20 & Attendance 2018-19
Local Governors have been appointed by the board of trustees and will serve a four-year term.
|Name||Role||Nature of Interest||Term of Office Dates||Attendance 2018-19|
|Mr J M Heap||Principal
|Mr David Bishop||Co-opted Governor||-||Dec 2019-Nov 2023||n/a|
|Mrs Jane Byett ||Parent Governor||-||Sept 2018 – Aug 2023|| 6 of 6|
|Mr Adrian Buckmaster ||Co-opted Governor||Director of GMS Estates & Director of Irma Management Ltd trading as Jude's Ice Cream||Sept 2018 – Aug 2023|| 6 of 6|
|Ms Nicola Budding||Parent Governor||-||Sept 2018 – Aug 2023||0 f 6|
|Mrs Tracy Millard||Co-opted Governor||Member of Labour Party, Member of South West Adoption Panel & Chair of Governors for Calton Primary School||Sept 2018 – Aug 2023|| 6 of 6|
|Miss Dorota Kawecka||Staff Governor||HLTA at Gloucester Academy||May 2019 – Apr 2024|| 6 of 6|
|Mr Leroy Woodhouse||Co-opted Governor||-||Jan 2019 – Dec 2024||6 of 6|
|Mr Andy James||Co-opted Governor||Nil||Dec 2019-Nov 2023||n/a|
|Mr Tobi Marks||Staff Governor||Teacher employed at Gloucester Academy||Dec 2019-Nov 2023||n/a|
|Mrs Vanessa Aris||Co-opted Governor||Tutor/Education Consultant, Non voting member Director of The Croft Preparatory School & St Luke's Academy Swindon Chairman||06/12/19-05/12-23||6 of 6|
Mr Tim Cooper - left 22/09/19
The White Horse Federation Local Governing Board
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.