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
Current Local Governors
Mrs Jackie Chalk B.Ed (Hons)
Mrs Fiona Johnson
Chair of Governors (SEN, EYFS, Christian Distinctiveness & Ethos)
Mrs Jacqueline Monkton
Vice Chair of Governors Co-opted (Pupil Premium & Literacy)
Mr Shaun Cooper
Foundation Governor (Child Protection & Safeguarding)
Mrs Victoria Bowes
Foundation Governor (Sports Premium, Christian Distinctiveness & Ethos)
Mr Chris Downham
Parent Governor (Maths)
Mrs Rebecca De Voogd
Co-opted Governor (Christian Distinctiveness & Ethos)
Mr Adrian Biles-Wood
Miss Holly Chivers
Our School Governors
Fiona Johnson — (Chair of Governors, Foundation Governor,
Christian Distinctiveness & Ethos, SEN & EYFS)
I retired from full-time teaching in 2008 and I’ve worked as a supply teacher since then. I wanted to support Seend Primary School in some way, so I put myself forward as a governor. I enjoy being part of such a successful school and spending time working with the children and staff. My husband and I have lived in Seend since 2008, and we feel very much a part of the community. I have been a governor since 2012.
Jacqui Monkton — (Vice Chair of Governors, Foundation Governor, Pupil Premium & Literacy)
I am an ex-head teacher from Wiltshire and therefore have a clear understanding of what is involved in the running of a school and what all the requirements are. Having retired, it is lovely that I can still be involved in education by working to support Seend School. I live locally and have two grandchildren at the school.
Shaun Cooper — (Parent Foundation Governor, and Child Protection & Safeguarding Governor)
I have been a governor since January 2014 and am proud of what has been achieved so far. It takes patience and determination to achieve our goals, some of which are very ambitious. I endeavour to help the school wherever I can; though my view is not always from an educationalist’s point. I live in Bowerhill and am married to Justine. We have two daughters who attend the school. I am a fully qualified electrical contracts manager and have experience of not just designing and wiring, but also running projects to timescales and within financial budgets. I have an open mind and am willing to consider any suggestions put to me. I believe I am a good listener with a balanced outlook on life. My aim is always to help the school travel the path best suited for the education of the children while upholding the school’s Christian values. I always look forward to working with the team.
Victoria Bowes — (Foundation Governor, Christian Distinctiveness & Ethos & Sports Premium)
I have been a parent at Seend Primary School since 2010; my son is now at secondary school, but I have a daughter in key stage 2. Having always been involved in school life and committed to the success of our school, I very much enjoyed my three years as Vice-chair of Friends of Seend Primary School. When the role of parent governor became available, it seemed the next logical step, allowing me to make a greater contribution and offer more concrete support. As a small business owner and company director — my husband and I run our own wine business together — I have a broad skillset which I hope will be of use to the governing body, bar perhaps the wine-tasting expertise! We have lived in Seend since 2002 and are active in village life, mainly through the tennis club, community centre, and, of course, wine circle.
Chris Downham — (Parent Governor & Maths)
I have lived in Seend Cleeve since 2005 and I am married to Rachel. We have two boys, one of whom started at the school in September 2016. The other is a few years away from school age. My father was a deputy head at a comprehensive school, and many of my family have served as school governors in other parts of the country. Through this I have seen the importance of local people getting involved when they can. I am a director of a financial advice company, and I feel that many of the disciplines this involves are transferrable to my role as a governor. My aim is to not only bring this experience to the role, but to also see things from a parent’s perspective. I want to encourage other parents to share their views with me as well.
Jackie Chalk — (Head Teacher &
Christian Distinctiveness & Ethos)
I have been the head teacher at Seend C. of E. Primary School since April 2010. Before that, I was the head teacher at Keevil Primary School. Since graduating from Reading University with a B.Ed honours degree, I have always worked in small, Wiltshire primary schools, and I have no desire to do anything else! The governing body is essential to the successful running of the school, as they hold me to account, help make important decisions, and support me whenever I need it. On a personal note, I live in Trowbridge, I am married with two grown-up daughters, and therefore have experienced the primary education system from both sides.
The composition of the governing body:
- Two staff (one of which is the head teacher).
- Two parents.
- Five foundation.
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 01380 828334 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