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 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.

Local Governors

Mr Scott James

Mr Scott JamesPrincipal

Mr Simon LawrenceCo-opted Local Governor (Chair)

Mrs Corinne LloydCo-opted Local Governor

Mr James MeadVice Principal

Mrs Julia Mortimerstaff (non-teaching) local governor

Mr Ryan O'MahonyVice-Chair/Parent Local Governor

Mr Neil PorterParent Local Governor

Elizabeth De VogelFoundation Local Governor

Lianne McCarthyVice-Chair

Register Of Interests 2022-23 & 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 01/09/15 - 31/08/22 5 of 6
Neil Porter Parent Local Governor Wife is the chair of Forest Friends, Child at F&S School 30/11/2021 30/11/21 - 29/11/25 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 01/09/18 - 31/08/22 5 of 6
Scott James Head Teacher TWHF Employee 01/09/2021 Nil 5 of 6
James Mead Staff (Teaching) Local Governor Employee at The White Horse Federation 17/09/2020 16/05/19-15/05/27 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 - resigned within last 12 months

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 on 01225 703394 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