Local Governance Committee


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 Governance Committee (LGC) to focus on providing support, overcoming challenges in the delivery of educational excellence, and outstanding outcomes for all pupils.

There are direct channels of communication between the principal and the LGC chair and central services. The clerk to the board of trustees will hold contact details for all members of LGCs within TWHF. However, routine communication for day-to-day school business should come from the chair of that LGC, managed by the school or through an LGC clerk.

The principal and the chair of the LGC are responsible for ensuring the quality and timely distribution of all material needed to keep LGC members well-informed about the school and TWHF. The principal and the chair are also responsible for ensuring the views of the LGC have good lines of communication 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 attend any LGC.

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 LGC:

  • Talk about teaching and learning.
  • Know a great deal about the school and its community.
  • Are ambitious for the school and its community.
  • 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.
  • Maintain strong and effective relationships within TWHF.

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 LGCs, chairs groups, principals, the central team, and the executive leadership team.

Current Local Governance Committee

Mr Scott James - Principal

Mr Simon Lawrence - Co-opted Local Governor (Chair)

Mrs Corinne Lloyd - Co-opted Local Governor

Mr James Mead - Vice Principal

Mrs Julia Mortimer - Staff (Non Teaching) Local Governor

Mr Ryan O'Mahony - Vice Chair/Parent Local Governor

Mr Neil Porter - Parent Local Governor

Elizabeth De Vogel - Foundation Local Governor

Lianne McCarthy - Vice Chair

Register of Interests 2022-23 and Attendance 2021-22

Local Governors have been appointed by the Board of Trustees and will serve a four-year term.

Name Role Nature of Interest Date Interest Registered Term of Office Attendance 2021-22
Simon Lawrence Chair/ Co-opted Local Governor Lloyds Banking Group Employee, Wife is employed at Forest & Sandridge, Son & Daughter are pupils at Melksham Oak [another White Horse School] 01/09/2015 01/09/2015 - 31/08/2022 5 of 6
Neil Porter Parent Local Governor Wife is the chair of Forest Friends, Child at F&S School 30/11/2021 30/11/2021 - 29/11/2025 6 of 6
Corinne Lloyd Co-opted Local Governor Business Owner -Corrine Lloyd Pilates - Hires school hall via TWHF booking system
Children are pupils
17/09/2020 01/09/2018 - 31/08/2022 5 of 6
Scott James Headteacher TWHF Employee 01/09/2021 - 5 of 6
James Mead Staff (Teaching) Local Governor TWHF Employee 17/09/2020 16/05/2019 - 15/05/2027 5 of 6
Julia Mortimer Staff (Non Teaching) Local Governor TWHF employee 10/12/2020 10/12/2020 - 09/12/2024 3 of 6
Ryan O'Mahony Vice Chair/Parent Local Governor     24/01/2023 - 23/01/2023  
Elizabeth De Vogel Foundation Local Governor Parent of a child who attends the school   30/03/2023 - 29/03/2027  
Lianne McCarthy Vice Chair        

Previous Governors

Kirsty Amponsah - Left 19/04/2022 (attended 1 of 1 meeting)

Helen Biles-Wood - Left 23/07/2021 (N/A)

Ryan O'Mahony - Left 14/01/2023

Josh Palmer - as of 31/03/2023

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 or in writing by leaving a letter for the attention of the chair of the local governing committee.

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 LGC 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 LGCs. Although not in any way legally responsible, and not itself accountable for the statutory functions, the LGC 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 LGC.

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
  • Higher Paid Staff reports