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 Community

Mrs Rachel Hipkin-Fox - Chair, Parent Governor

Mrs Emma Hembury - Principal, Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL)

Rev Andrew Evans - Foundation Governor

Mr Aaron Law - Staff Governor, Assistant Principal, Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)

Mrs Mary Jarvis - Foundation Governor

Mrs Suzi Shingler - Co-opted Governor

Mrs Louise Ellis - Co-opted Governor

Mr Ed Godsiffe - Co-opted Governor

Mrs Tassy Vincent - Co-opted Governor

Register of Interests 2023-24 and Attendance 2022-23

Governors have been appointed by the board of trustees

Name Role Term of Office Business


Governor at
Another Educational
Attendance 2022-23
Emma Hembury



01/01/2024 - 31/08/2029 TWHF Employee 01/01/2024 N/A N/A
Mrs Rachel
Chair of LGC, Parent Governor, Pupil Premium, Safeguarding 20/05/2021 - 19/05/2025 Nil Nil No 6 of 6
Rev Andrew Evans  Foundation Governor, SEND, Christian Distinctiveness & Ethos, Ethos/SIAMS/Personal Development 02/07/2019-01/07/2024 Nil Nil No 5 of 6
Mr Aaron Laws Assistant Principal, Staff Governor 01/09/2023 - 31/08/2027 Nil Nil No 5 of 6
Mrs Mary Jarvis  Foundation Governor, Christian Distinctiveness & Ethos, Ethos/SIAMS/Personal Development, Behaviour & Attitudes  20/12/2023 - 19/12/2027 Nil Nil No 6 of 6
Mrs Suzi Shingler Co-opted Governor 25/11/2021 - 24/11/2025 Nil Nil No 3 of 6
Mrs Louise Ellis Co-opted Governor & Safeguarding 25/11/2021 - 24/11/2025 Nil Nil No 6 of 6
Mr Ed Godsiffe Co-Opted Governor, Filtering & Monitoring 05/05/2022 - 04/05/2026 Nil Nil No 3 of 6
Mrs Tassy Vincent Co-Opted Governor, Quality of Education  30/06/2022 - 29/06/2026 Nil Nil No 4 of 6

Previous Governors

Mrs Lucy Carter - Left 28/09/2023

Mrs Candida Hutchinson - Left 31/12/2023

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 governance 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