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 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:
- 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.
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 trustee board, the LGBs, chairs groups, principals, the central team, and the executive leadership team.
Current Local Governors
Chair of Governors (Co-opted Governor)
Register of Interests 2019-20 & Attendance 2018-19
Governors have been appointed by the board of trustees and will serve a four-year term.
|Name||Role||Nature of Interest||Terms of Office||Attendance 2018-19|
Chair of Governors & Safeguarding Champion
|Nil||01/08/18-31/07/22||5 of 6|
Vice Chair & Sixth Form Champion
|Nil||01/09/18-31/08/22||6 of 6|
|Jacqueline Archer||Co-opted Governor||Nil||03/04/19-02/04/23||3 of 3|
Co-opted Governor, Literacy Champion & Melksham Town Council & Melksham without Parish Council Link
|Nil||01/03/16-29/02/20||3 of 3|
|Parent Governor & Pupil Premium & Grants Champion||Nil||24/03/17-23/03/21||6 of 6|
Ken Hunt OBE - left 26/07/19
Mark Fordham - left 26/0719
The overall purpose of the governing body is to help the school provide the best possible education for pupils. This involves, in particular:
- Contributing to the establishment of the school’s vision and strategic aims, agreeing plans and policies, and making creative use of available resources.
- Monitoring and evaluating performance and acting as a critical friend to the principal to support and challenge them in leading and managing the school.
- Ensuring that the school is accountable to the children and parents it serves, to its local community, and to those who fund and maintain it, as well as to the staff it employs.
The Way Forward
- To improve student attainment for all.
- To widen inclusion and opportunities for every student.
- To open the school facilities to the wider community.
Interested in Becoming a Governor?
We are always keen to get parents involved in the school. Contact the clerk to governors, Sarah Bowler, to find out more. Please address written enquiries to:
The Clerk to the Governors, Melksham Oak Community School, Bowerhill, Melksham SN12 6QZ
The White Horse Federation Local Board of Governance
Each school has its own local governing body (LGB). 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 executive board. 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 executive board as communicated to the LGB.
To learn more, visit The White Horse Federation website.