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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 governing board (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 LBG 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 LGB 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:

  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.

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

C Thornalley Principal
Charlie Clare Acting Chair of Governors
Carla Allamby Non-Teaching Governor
Trisha Bennett Governor (Safeguarding)
A Heffernan Staff Governor
James Lamont Governor
Maria Cox Parent Governor
Lisa Alloune Parent Governor
Dr Roy Awbery Governor

Register of interests 2018-19 & Attendance 2018-19

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



Nature of InterestCurrent/ExpiredTerms of Office Attendance 2018-19Notes

Carla Allamby

John Madejski Academy

EmployeeCurrent14/12/2018- 13/12/2022 3 of 4

Trisha Bennett


23/02/2016– 22/02/2020 3 of 4

Avril Heffernan

John Madejski Academy

EmployeeCurrent06/03/2019– 05/03/2023 2 of 2

James Lamont

Black Rock Investment Management

EmployeeCurrent01/07/2017–30/06/2021 3 of 4
Maria CoxParent GovernorCommunity Development Worker at WCDACurrent01/09/2019–31/08/2023n/a
Lisa AllouneParent GovernorEmployment – Whitley Community Development Association (WCDA)Current01/09/2019–31/8/2023n/a
Dr Roy AwberyGovernorAtomic Weapons Establishment - EmployeeCurrent01/09/2019–31/08/2023n/a
Charlie ClareActing Chair of GovernorsCharity Trusteeships - Aspire 2 (Charity supporting children of South Reading) and Ufton CourtCurrent01/10/2018–30/09/2022n/a

Previous Governors

Deborah Ramm-Harpley - left - 31-08-19

John Cosgrove - left -18-07-19

Paul Dick - left 20-12-19

The White Horse Federation Governance Information

Click on the button below to access TWHF Governance information including

  • Annual report
  • Annual audited accounts
  • Memorandum of association
  • Articles of association
  • Names of charity trustees and members
  • Funding agreement

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