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Local Governing Body

The Governing Body — What is it?

Every school has to have a 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 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 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 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.

Governing Body – 2018/2019

NameRoleTerm of OfficeBusiness InterestPecuniary InterestGovernor at Another Educational Establishment
Mrs Fiona JohnsonChair - Foundation23/01/2023NilNilYes
Mr Shaun CooperVice Chair - Foundation23/01/2023Yes - Kennet ElectricalNilYes
Mrs Victoria BowesVice Chair - Foundation23/01/2023NilNilYes
Mrs Jacqueline MoncktonCo-Opted11/07/2022NilNilYes
Mrs Jackie ChalkStaff - Headn/aNilNilYes
Mr Chris DownhamParent28/06/2021NilNilYes
Rev John ReesLocal Foundation Governor31/08/2019NilNilYes
Mrs Pippa HuntStaff Head of Schooln/aNilNilNo
Mrs Sharon AdamsCo-Opted19/11/2022NilNilYes
Mrs Naomi GristParent19/11/2023NilNilNo
Mrs Bev WoodwardFoundation23/01/2023NilNilNo
Mr Lee SaundersParent05/01/2023NilNilNo

Governing Body Attendance – 2018/2019

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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.

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