The governance of a Multi Academy Trust differs from those of maintained schools and The White Horse Federation (TWHF) genuinely believes that placing the statutory responsibilities firmly at the centre, in the remit of the Trustee Board, Local Board of Governance (LBG) become more effective in their focus to providing challenge and support in the delivery of educational excellence and to ensure the drive for outstanding outcomes for all pupils.

There are direct channels of communication between the Principal and the LBG Chair and Central Services. The Clerk to the Trustee Board will hold contact details for all members of LBGs within WHF however routine communication for day to day school business should come from the Chair of that LBG, managed by the school or through an LBG Clerk, if such a position is deemed necessary.

The Principal and the Chair of the LBG are responsible for ensuring the quality and timely distribution of all material needed to keep all LBG members well informed about the school and the WHF.The Principal and the Chair are also responsible for ensuring the views of the LBG are well communicated to the Trustee Board. This can be done via the elected Chairs representative on the Trustee Board.  Senior Executives from the WHF will be nominated by the CEO to sit on an LBG. Trustees reserve the right to attend any LBG meeting.

The WHF has a very clear and shared understanding of what constitutes good and effective governance.Schools within the WHF will be judged to have outstanding governance when members of the LBG:

  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.
  6. In order for the shared model of governance to be effective for the WHF and the schools, it is essential that there is effective communication between the Trustee Board, the LBGs, Chairs Groups, Principals, the Central team and the Executive Leadership Team

Levels of Governance Accountability



Standards Committee

Chairs Group

Local Board of Governors

Statutory responsibilities for all schools
2 Trustees, Director of Education, Director of Teaching & Learning, Secondary Director
All Chairs of LBG’s

Governors have been appointed by the Board of Trustees and will serve a 4 year term

Governor’s Name

Governor’s Role

Rachel Skates
Paula Lender-Swain
Claire Lane
Community Governor/Pupil Premium
Chris Fox
Staff Governor (Teaching)
Kirsty Handy
Staff Governor (Support) & SEND link
Gareth Williams
Parent Governor
Arianne Smith
Parent Governor
Dawn Hadgraft
Minute Taker

Relevant Documents

  • Mountford Manor Register of Interests & Attendance Register 2017-18 LGB Download
  • Mountford Manor Register of Interests & Attendance Register 2016-17 LGB Download
  • TWHF Register of Interests& Attendance Register Link

WHF Accounts

The White Horse Federation Local Board of Governance

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. Read more…

Minutes 2018-19

Minutes 2017-18

Minutes 2016-17


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