St Mary's CE Primary About Us

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 trustee board, allows the local board of governance (LBG) 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 LBG chair and central services. The clerk to the trustee board will hold contact details for all members of LBGs within TWHF. However, routine communication for day-to-day school business should come from the chair of that LBG, managed by the school or through an LBG clerk, if such a position is deemed necessary.

The principal and the chair of the LBG are responsible for ensuring the quality and timely distribution of all material needed to keep LBG members well informed about the school and TWHF. The principal and the chair are also responsible for ensuring the views of the LBG are well communicated to the trustee board. This can be done via the elected chair’s representative on the trustee board. Senior executives from TWHF will be nominated by the CEO to sit on an LBG. Trustees reserve the right to attend any LBG 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 LBG:

  • 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 LBGs, chairs groups, principals, the central team, and the executive leadership team.

Current Local Governors

Mrs Claire Francis Chair of Governors (Literacy & Child Protection & Safeguarding)
Mrs Charlotte Monk Vice Chair of Governors, Parent Governor (EYFS & SEN)
Mrs Pauline Orchard Head Teacher
Mrs Virginia Childe Foundation Governor (Christian Distinctiveness & Ethos)
Rev Andrew Evans Foundation Governor (SEN & Christian Distinctiveness & Ethos)
Mr Matthew Monk Local Governor
Mr Martyn Riley Local Governor (Maths)
Mr Richard Harvey Local Governor (Pupil Premium)

Register of Interests 2019-20 & Attendance 2018-19

Governors have been appointed by the board of trustees and will serve a four-year term.

NameRoleTerm of OfficeBusiness InterestPecuniary InterestGovernor at another Educational EstablishmentAttendance
Pauline OrchardPrincipal31/08/2050NilNilNo5 of 5
Claire FrancisParent- Chair of GovernorsNilNilNo5 of 5
Charlotte MonkParent - Vice Chair of GovernorsNilNilNo3 of 5
Rev Andrew EvansFoundation GovernorEx-OfficioNilNilNo4 of 5
Virginia ChildeFoundation GovernorNilNilNo3 of 5
Richard HarveyLocal Governor27/09/2021NilNilNo2 of 5
Matthew MonkLocal GovernorNilNilNo4 of 5
Martyn Riley
Local Governor27/09/2021NilNilNo4 of 5

Previous Governors

Mrs Sandra Sully - left 6/12/18

Mrs H Filer - left 6/12/18

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.

Meeting Dates & Attendance 2017-18

NameTerm 1 - 27/9/17Term 2 - 30/11/17Term 3 - 25/1/18Term 4 - 19/3/18Term 5 - 10/5/18Term 6 - 2/7/18
Mrs Claire FrancisAYYYY
Mrs Charlotte MonkYYYY
Mrs Virginia ChildeYAYYY
Rev Andrew EvansAYYAY
Mrs Pauline OrchardYYYYY
Mrs Hannah FilerYAAbAbY
Mrs Sandra SullyAYYYA
Mr Matthew MonkYAYYY
Mr Crispin ShinglerAYAAA
Mr Martyn RileyYYYYY
Mr Richard HarveyYAAYY

Key: Y = In attendance, A = Apologies Received, P = Part Attendance, Ab = Absent

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