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.
Current Local Governors
Chair of Governors
Staff Governor (teaching)
Principal & Designated Safeguarding Lead
Kate Westbrook - Chair of Governors
I’m Kate Westbrook. I am chair of our new governing body at Grange Juniors and was part of the team involved in the selection of WHF as our multi-academy trust sponsor. I'm thrilled to be working with Mrs Dickenson and the rest of the staff as we continue our school improvement journey. I have children in Year 6 and Year 3. 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 Maths and Values & SMSC (spiritual, moral, social & cultural development).
Theresa Sawyer - Community Governor
I’m Theresa Sawyer, a part-time working mum of 2, both at the Grange Schools (I’m also known as mum, mum, muuuuuuuum, mummy…. by my children). I’m really excited for my role as a school governor at the Juniors and am pleased to support the school through their journey with the White Horse Federation.
I am the Governor Champion for Maths and Communication, Parental & Community Engagement.
Claire Evans - Parent Governor
I’m Claire Evans. I have a child at each Grange School and actually grew up in Stratton and went to both schools myself! I work in a Swindon school part time and am also a parent helper in both my girls’ classes. It seemed a natural progression to become a governor to become more involved in School life and be part of ongoing improvements at Grange.
I am the Governor Champion for Pupil Premium and Safeguarding.
Register of Interests & Attendance
|Name||Role||Nature of Interests||Terms of Office||Attendance|
|Kate Westbrook||Chair of Governors||to follow||to follow||-|
|Theresa Sawyer||Community Governor||to follow||to follow||-|
|Claire Evans||Parent Governor||to follow||to follow||-|
|Claire Arthur||Staff Governor (teaching)||to follow||to follow||-|
|Kirsty Dickenson||Principal||to follow||to follow||-|
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.