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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

Louise Baker Principal
Charlie Clare Co-opted local governor
Carla Allamby Staff (support) local governor
Trisha Bennett Governor (Safeguarding)
Maria Cox Parent Governor
Lisa Alloune Parent Governor
Dr Roy Awbery Chair

Register of interests 2020-21 & Attendance 2020-21

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


Governor Type

RolesTerm StartTerm End Attendance 2019-20EntityNatureNotes
Ms Jo DunphyN/AN/ATBC

Miss Carla Allamby

Staff (Support) Governor

14 Dec 201813 Dec 2022 TBCJohn Madejski AcademyEmployee

Dr Roy Awbery

Co-opted Governor


Maths Champions

Pupil Premium Champions
01 Sep 201931 Aug 2023 TBCAtomic Weapons Establishment - AldermastonEmployee
Mrs Gillian GoochSpouse (Wife)

Mrs Trisha Bennett

Co-opted Governor

Vice Chair

Safeguarding Champions
23 Feb 202022 Feb 2024 TBC
Mr Charlie ClareCo-opted GovernorVice Chair

SEND Champions
01 Oct 201830 Sep 2022TBCAspire 2Trustee
Ufton CourtTrustee
Mrs Lisa AllouneParent Governor01 Sep 201931 Aug 2023
Mrs Maria CoxParent Governor01 Sep 201931 Aug 2023TBCCommunity Development Worker WCDAPartner
Mrs Sarah BowlerClerkClerkN/AN/ATBCClerk to GovernorsEmployeeClerk to other schools within TWHF and LA (From 11 Mar 19)
Louise BakerAcademy
The White Horse FederationEmployeeClerk to Board/ LGBs
AcornEmployeeClerk to Academy Council

Previous Governors

James Lamont - left - 20-07-20

Avril Heffernan - left - 20-07-20

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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