The Croft 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 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 trustee board 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 trustee board. 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.

Current Local Governors

Elaine Murphy Principal
Bryony Hallows Chair of Governors, Co-opted Local Governor
Doug Copestake Vice Chair of Governors, Co-opted Local Governor
Helen Foster Community Local Governor
Lynn Gaskarth Parent Local Governor
Mudasir Waraich Parent Local Governor
Stuart Dawson Parent Local Governor
Sarah Roe Teacher & Staff Local Governor (Teaching)
Bex Franczak UKS2 Lead & Staff Local Governor (Teaching)
Matt Weller Parent Local Governor
Mark Weller Associate Member TWHF, Co-opted Local Governor
Lara Howlett Co-opted Local Governor
Helen Foster Clerk to Governors

Register of Interests 2019-20 & Attendance 2018-19

Local Governors have been elected by parents or staff or co-opted by the LGB and will serve a four-year term of office. The Principal is also a local governor.

Governor’s NamePosition/Name of OrganisationNature of InterestDate Interest registeredDate interest ceasedTerms of OfficeAttendance 2019-20Notes

Elaine Murphy

Head of School

NoneTWHF EmployeeNANA100%-

Bryony Hallows

Chair of Governors, Co-opted Local Governor

None--17/07/19 - 16/07/23100%Safeguarding, Literacy & Admissions

Doug Copestake

Vice-chair, Co-opted Local Governor

None--17/07/19 - 16/07/23100%
ICT and Pupil Premium

Lara Howlett

Co-opted Local Governor

--17/07/19 - 16/07/23 100%Numeracy & SEN

Rebecca Franczak

Staff Local Governor (Teaching)

tbctbc-30/07/18 - 29/07/22 100%

Matt Wheeler

Parent Governor

None--16/07/19 - 31/08/22 80%Literacy

Jo McQuade

Co-opted Governor

None--02/03/20 - 01/03/24 100%Early Years

Claire Furnell

Co-opted Governor

--02/03/20 - 01/03/24 100%SEN

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 01793 430084 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

Minutes are available on request by contacting the school office.

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

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