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Local Governing Body

The Local Governing Body — What is it?

Every school has to have a local governing body made up of a number of governors to oversee the running of the school.

Our Head of School, Mrs Hunt, organises and manages the school on a day to day basis, within policies and guidance agreed by the local governing body and The White Horse Federation.

The governors are accountable to The White Horse Federation, the Diocese, the local authority, and, most importantly, our community — our children, our staff, our parents, and our local people.

The local governing body is responsible for:

  • Making sure the school provides the best possible education for all its pupils.
  • All major decisions about the school and its future.
  • Setting the school’s vision and strategic aims.
  • Monitoring and evaluating performance to ensure the school is accountable to those it serves.
  • Acting as a critical friend to the head teacher.

How does the local governing body do this?

The full governing body meets six times each academic year — approximately every two months. There is an ethos committee that meets to ensure the Christian ethos is maintained in all that the school do.

There are also a number of different panels that are required for different issues as they arise, such as admissions, exclusions, staff pay etc.

The governors, with the support of the head teacher and staff, consider issues and make decisions on a wide range of issues, such as the following:

  • Child Protection
  • Standards
  • The Curriculum
  • Admissions
  • Staffing
  • Discipline and Attendance
  • Communication with Key Stakeholders
  • Ofsted Inspection
  • Health, Safety, and Welfare
  • Control and Use of School Premises
  • Organisational Change

How do we know what’s going on in the school?

Each governor has a number of delegated responsibilities with regard to subject areas which are called link governors. These cover all of the subject areas as well child protection, health and safety, and IT. Governors make regular link visits to the school to learn more about the areas they are responsible for and then feedback to the rest of the governing body.

To be a really effective set of governors, it is healthy to have a good cross section of the community represented. Each school’s governing body has a specific make up depending on what type of school it is. Before we became an academy, our school was a voluntary aided primary school, and as such the governing body is made up of:

  • Two foundation governors who are appointed by the church.
  • Two parent governors who are elected by parents.
  • Two staff governors (including the head teacher) who represent the staff
  • Three co-opted governors.

How do we know what the local governing body is doing?

The minutes of the governing body meetings are available from the clerk to the governors upon request. Important decisions are also communicated through the school newsletter. If you would like the governors to consider an issue, please email the clerk to the governors, Danny Holland, on [email protected] or write a letter addressed to Danny Holland and hand it in at the school office.


Current Local Governors

Mrs Fiona Johnson Chair of Governors, SEN, EYFS & Christian Distinctiveness & Ethos)
Mrs Sharon Adams Vice Chair of Governors, Co-opted Governor (Child Protection & Safeguarding)
Mr Lee Saunders Vice Chair of Governors, Parent Governor (Maths)
Mrs Jackie Chalk Head Teacher
Mrs Pip Hunt Head of School, Staff Governor
Mrs Julie Cann Staff Governor
Rev John Rees Foundation Governor (SIAMS & RE, Christian Distinctiveness & Ethos)
Mrs Naomi Grist Parent Governor (Literacy)
Mrs Bev Woodward Foundation Governor (Christian Distinctiveness & Ethos)

Register of Interests 2019-20 & Attendance 2018-19

NameRoleTerm of OfficeBusiness InterestPecuniary InterestGovernor at Another Educational EstablishmentAttendance 2018-19
Mrs Fiona JohnsonChair - Foundation23/01/2023NilNilYes6 of 6
Mrs Sharon AdamsVice Chair - Co-opted19/11/2022NilNilNo5 of 6
Mr Lee SaundersVice Chair - Parent05/01/2023NilNilNo3 of 4
Mrs Pippa HuntStaff - Head of Schooln/aNilNilNo6 of 6
Mrs Jackie ChalkStaff - Headn/aNilNilYes6 of 6
Mrs Julie CannParent31/08/2022NilNilNo6 of 6
Rev John ReesFoundation31/08/2019NilNilNo4 of 6
Mrs Naomi GristParent19/11/2023NilNilNo5 of 6
Mrs Bev WoodwardFoundation23/01/2023NilNilNo5 of 6
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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.

To learn more, visit The White Horse Federation website.


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