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.
Current Local Governors
Chair of Governors
Co-opted Local Governor
Rev Jane Palmer
Foundation Local Governor
Staff (teaching) Local Governor
Parent Local Governor
Co-opted 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|
|Kathryn Clark||Principal||TWHF Employee||01/11/2021||NA||5 of 5|
|Rev Jane Palmer||Foundation Local Governor||Local Vicar||29/11/2021||29/11/21 - 28/11/25||4 of 6|
|Sharon Keane||Staff (teaching) Local Governor||Nil||24/09/2020||01/09/19 - 31/08/22||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||30/06/2022||30/06/22 - 29/06/26||6 of 6|
|Jennifer Wilkins||Parent Local Governor||Parent of child at the school||24/09/2020||13/02/20 - 12/02/24||5 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|
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)
Current Local Governors
Chair -Paul Berry (Local Governor)
Having moved into the area in the past few years, I decided to become a governor in 2015. My wife and most of her family attended the school when they were children. As such, I feel a strong connection to both the school and the community.
I work for a large multi-national IT company and I specifically focus on schools. My days are spent talking to school leaders, teachers, and students, getting to know their daily challenges and coming up with a way in which IT can help. Having some education context certainly comes in handy in my role as school governor!
I also sit on the data group and resources committee. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, watching a variety of sports, and getting as involved in school life as I can.
Jo Bishop (Local Governor)
I am the manager at Shaw and Whitley Pre School and have worked at the setting for more than 16 years. I love having the opportunity to help children to develop their confidence and independence before they leave to go to school. I am also the SENCO in the setting.
I am married and have three children, ranging from 14 to 19 years old. I have lived in Bath for three years and previously lived in Whitley for 14 years.
In my spare time, I enjoy watching rugby and cricket. I am a welfare officer at Corsham Cricket Club. I also enjoy listening to music, watching films, and taking my dogs out for walks.
Simon White (Headteacher)
I am now in my 30th year of teaching, 21 of them as headteacher. I have worked in eight schools across four local authorities and have taught all year groups, although I have specialised in KS1 for most of my career.
The headship of Shaw School has given me the opportunity to really embed the things which I feel are vital in an excellent primary education. Children should truly be at the heart of the school. They should be loved and cared for and supported to constantly improve on their personal best. A great education educates the whole person, and our focus on spiritual, moral, and social learning helps to make Shaw School the special place which it undoubtedly is.
Rev Jane Palmer (Foundation Local Governor)
Details to follow
Karina Lanegan (Staff Governor)
Details to follow
Clive Briggs - Left 29/09/21 (attended 5 of 6 meetings)
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