Haydon Wick Primary School 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 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 LBG 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 LBG, 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. 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

Helen Fowler Chair, Co-opted Local Governor
Craig Richardson Staff (Teaching) Local Governor
Karen Palmer Staff (Non Teaching) Local Governor
Gemma Glover Co-opted Governor
Mike Essam Vice Chair, Parent Local Governor
Gavin Walker Co-opted Local Governor
Emily Maule Co-opted Local Governor
Chris Neal (DSL) Principal

Register of Interests 2022-23 & Attendance 2021-22

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

NameRoleNature Of InterestDate interest was registeredTerms of Office

Attendance 2021-22
Helen FowlerChair, Community GovernorCompany Director01/09/1501/09/19 –
6 of 6
Mike EssamVice Chair, Parent GovernorNiln/a22/10/19 –
5 of 6
Karen PalmerStaff Governor TWHF Employee01/09/1901/09/19 –
5 of 6
Craig RichardsonStaff GovernorDeputy Principal / TWHF Employee11/07/1811/07/18 - 10/07/2022
6 of 6
Gemma GloverCo-opted GovernorNiln/a28/11/19 -
5 of 6
Gavin WalkerCommunity GovernorNiln/a08/10/19 - 09/10/20233 of 6
Emily MauleCommunity GovernorEmployee Innovate UKn/a04/03/21 - 03/03/255 of 6
Áine Gale PrincipalPrincipaln/an/a6 of 6
Chris NealInterim PrincipalInterim Principaln/a01/09/2022
George Aubrey(Resigned)Niln/an/a3 of 6
Kim SheppardClerkTWHF Employeen/an/a6 of 6

Previous Governors (resigned within the last 12 months)

George Aubrey - resigned 11/07/2022
Aine Gale - resigned 22/07/2022

Governor Vacancies

There is currently one co-opted local governor vacancy.

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.

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