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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 board of governance (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 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 LBG are well 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.

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Current Local Governors

Kirsty Dickenson Principal & Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Kim Sheppard Clerk
Kate Westbrook Chair of Governors, Local Community Governor, Safeguarding and Maths Link Governor
Claire Arthur Staff Local Governor (teaching), and Designated Safeguarding Lead
Kelly Gee Parent Governor, SEN & Pupil Premium Link Governor
Joanne Ockwell Parent Governor, English/Reading/Phonics Link Governor
Natalie Humpries Support Staff Local Governor

Kate Westbrook - Chair of Governors

Thank you for taking the time to read the Local Governing Body section of our website.

My name is Kate Westbrook and I am privileged to be the chair of the local governing body at Grange Juniors. I'm thrilled to be working with Mrs Dickenson and the rest of the staff as we continue our school improvement journey. I have a child in Year 6 and my eldest child also came through Grange Juniors. When I'm not being a mum or a governor, I'm a partner in a local law firm. In addition to my responsibilities as chair, I am the Governor Champion for Safeguarding and Maths.

Our role as governors is to understand, challenge, support and encourage the school to be outstanding and to achieve its aim of delivering a high quality education to all children who attend Grange Junior School. We work within the scheme of delegation of the White Horse Federation as our responsibilities are delegated to us by them. We are here to support and encourage the Headteacher, Senior Leadership Team and all staff. We regularly review the schools' objectives, evaluate progress and provide challenge where necessary. We act as a 'critical friend' to strive to attain the highest standards and progress for all our children at Grange Junior School.

The governors meet six times a year in meetings of no more than 2 hours, where we question and challenge reports regarding the learning outcomes and progression of the entire school population. We test and support the school in achieving its ultimate aims and goals documented in the School Development Plan. We are committed to ensuring your children receive the best possible education available during the years ahead.

I am very lucky to lead a team of dedicated governors who work hard to share their expertise to guide the school forward. We are always looking to improve and develop - please do get in touch if you would like to become a school governor yourself.

If you would like to contact me for any reason, this can be arranged via the school office or you can email me at [email protected]

Kelly Gee - Parent Governor

Hello, my name is Kelly Gee. I am very excited to be a part of Grange Juniors as a Parent Governor to help the school achieve the best results for the children. I have three children, one of whom will be in year three at Grange Juniors this September. Being a primary school teacher, I have a love for education. As a Parent Governor, I am looking forward to being involved within my child's school and being included on decisions within their education.

Joanne Ockwell - Parent Governor

I'm Jo Ockwell. I have two daughters, one who is almost grown up and another in Year 6. Both have attended both Grange schools. I am excited to become a governor and to work with the school as it continues to improve. Aside from being a mum, I work at the University of Oxford supporting students with disabilities and welfare concerns.

Register of Interests 2021-22 & Attendance 2020-21

NameRoleNature of InterestDate Interest RegisteredDate Interest CeasedTerms of OfficeAttendance 2020/2021

Kate Westbrook

Chair of Governors

Community Local Governor

Safeguarding and Maths Link Governor

Thrings LLP

Member of Law Society



01.03.19 -



Claire Arthur

Staff Local Governor

Deputy Principal

TWHF Employee



01.09.19 -



Kirsty Dickenson


TWHF Employee





Kelly GeeParent Governor

SEN & Pupil Premium Link Governor
nil01.09.21-15.09.21 - 14.09.25n/a
Joanne OckwellParent Governor

English/ Reading/ Phonics Link Governor
Employee of Somerville College, University of Oxford01.09.21-15.09.21 - 14.09.25n/a
Natalie HumpriesSupport Staff Local Governortba22.10.21-22.10.21 - 21.10.25n/a

Previous Governors resigned within the last 12 months

Denver Sutton - Resigned 22nd October 2021 (attendance 3/6)

Theresa Sawyer - Resigned 7th July 2021 (attendance 5/6)

Claire Evans - Resigned 7th July 2021 (attendance 5/6)

Governor Vacancy

We have one vacancy for a Co-opted Local Governor.

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.

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