Local Governance Committee


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:
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.

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.

Current Local Governance Committee

Helen Wollington - Principal & Designated Safeguarding Lead

Kirsty John - Chair of Governors

Elizabeth Wilson - Clerk

Tracy Booth - Staff (Non Teaching) Governor

Kevin Daws - Co-opted Local Governor

´╗┐´╗┐Nicola Langford - Parent Local Governor

Samuel Bullas - Teacher Governor

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Register of Interests 2022-23 and Attendance 2021-22

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

Name Role Nature of Interests Date Interest Registered Terms of Office Attendance 2020-21
Lee Edmonds Principal Nil N/A N/A

7 of 7

Kirsty John Chair of Governors Nil 08/11/2021 08/11/2021 - 08/11/2025

6 of 7

Elizabeth Wilson Clerk Nil N/A N/A

7 of 7

Tracy Booth Staff (Non Teaching) Governor Nil N/A 17/09/2020 - 16/09/2024

7 of 7

Annabelle Avis Parent Governor Nil N/A 02/02/2021 - 01/02/2025

6 of 7

Kevin Daws Co-opted Local Governor Nil 07/03/2022 07/03/2022 - 15/04/2024 4 of 7
Nicola Langford

Parent Local Governor

Parent of a Child in The School 15/03/2023 15/03/2023 - 14/03/2027 N/A
Samuel Bullas Teacher Governor Nil N/A 23/11/2023 - 22/11/2027 N/A

Previous Governors

Charmaine Godby - Left 16th November 2022 (attended 3 of 7)

Claire Maher - Left 2nd August 2022 (attended 3 of 7)

Paula Lender Swain - Left 8th November 2021 (attended 2 of 6 meetings)

Nina Gale - Left 16th September 2021

Helen Swanson - Left 31st August 2021

Hayley Njie - Left 4th October 2023

Kelly Hall - Left 23rd November 2023

Lee Edmonds - Left 9th January 2024

Annabelle Avis - Left 15th April 2024

The White Horse Federation Governance Information

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