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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 body (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 local governors of schools within TWHF. However, routine communication for day-to-day school business should be via the chair of that LGB, managed by the school or through an LGB clerk.

The principal and the chair of the LGB are responsible for ensuring the quality and timely distribution of all materials needed to keep the local governors well-informed about the school and TWHF. The principal and the chair are also responsible for ensuring the views of the LGB are effectively communicated to the Board of Trustees. 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 local governance. Schools within TWHF will be judged to have outstanding local governance when the LGB:

  • Talks about teaching and learning.
  • Knows a great deal about the school and its community.
  • Is ambitious for the school and its community.
  • Asks 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.
  • Maintains strong and effective relationships within TWHF.

Thomas Brewer

Thomas Brewer


Paul Berry

Chair of Governors

Jo Bishop

Co-opted Local Governor

Rev Jane Palmer

Rev Jane Palmer

Foundation Local Governor

Mark Burrett

Co-opted Local Governor

Theveshyra Fletcher

Parent Local Governor

Mrs N Burke

FS2 - Hawks Class (Mon, Tues and Weds) Interim Deputy Headteacher

Leila Sarson-Rowe

New Foundation Local Governor

Register of Interests 2022-23 & Attendance 2021-22

Governors have been appointed by the board of trustees

Name Position Nature of Interests Date Interest Registered Terms of Office Attendance 2021 -22
Thomas Brewer Principal TWHF Employee 14/11/2022 NA 5 of 5
Rev Jane Palmer Foundation Local Governor Local Vicar 29/11/2021 29/11/21 - 28/11/25 4 of 6
Jo Bishop Co-opted Local Governor Proprietor of Shaw and Whitley Preschool 24/09/2020 01/-9/18 - 30/06/26 5 of 6
Paul Berry Chair of Governors Employee of CISCO Meraki, TWHF is a customer, Shaw C of E Primary School Child at school 05/09/2022 30/06/22 - 29/06/26 6 of 6
Mark Burrett Co-opted Local Governor Parent of child at the school 18/01/2021 18/01/2021 - 17/01/2025 4 of 6
Leila Sarson-Rowe New Foundation Local Governor Nil 30.06.2023 30.06.2023 - 29.06.2027 N/A

Theveshyra Fletcher

Parent Local Governor Parent of child at the school 14/11/2022 14/11/2022 - 13/11/2026 N/A
Jane Palmer   Christ Church Shaw Vicar 16/07/2019    
Churchfields School Atworth Foundation Governor Ex Officio 01/09/2019    
Natalie Burke Local Governor Teaching Staff, TWHF Employee.   23.01.2023 - 22.01.2027  

Previous Governors

Karina Lanegan - Left 01/03/2022 (attended 3 of 6 meetings)

Simon White - Left (attended 6 of 6 meetings)

Shelley Ashkowski - Left 30/06/22 (attended 6 of 6 meetings)

Dominic Szanto - Left 30/06/22 (attended 4 of 6 meetings)

Clive Briggs - Left (attended 0 of 1 meeting)

Jennifer Wilkins - Left 06/10/22 (attended 3 of 6 meetings)

Sharon Keane - Left 31/03/23 (attended 4 of 6 meetings)

Clive Briggs - Resigned 06.07.2023

Welcome from the Chair

The local governors have an overview of a number of key areas. Parent local governors in particular are here to represent your view and can help you if you have any questions or concerns. If you would like to speak to a local governor informally, we can often be found on the school playground before school. If you would like to contact us formally or are unable to come and speak to us personally, we can be contacted through the school office on 01225 702544 or in writing by leaving a letter for the attention of the chair of the local governing body.

Alternatively, if you do not wish to contact us via the school or cannot pop into the office, you can contact the governors using the contact form on this page.

Please note: that we meet 6 times a year so it may not always be possible to answer a query straight away. However, your query will always be acknowledged and we will endeavour to give you a timescale for answering your questions.

Minutes are available on request by contacting the school office.

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 Board of Trustees 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 Board of Trustees as communicated to the LGB.

To learn more, visit The White Horse Federation website

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