Following our successful conversion to an academy, under The White Horse Federation, the governors have set the following objectives in line with the school improvement plan for 2018-2019:

  • Monitor standards and the quality of teaching and learning, offering support and challenge where needed.
  • Support and challenge the SLT so that their actions are effective.
  • Monitor the impact of introduction of values-based education on learning and behaviour.
  • Assess the impact of improvements to the learning environment and monitor if they reflect high expectations around school.

Current Local Governors

Charlotte Harmer - Principal

Dr Moira Laffey - Chair of Governors, Co opted Governor, (Safeguarding, Maths and English)

Kerry Ball - PSA & MDSA

Fiona Jenkins - Assistant Principal, Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead, Maths Lead

Trevor Woods - Co-opted Governor, (Premiums)

Sarah Bowler - Clerk to the board

Charlie Harmer - Co-opted Local Governor

Richard Mealand - Co-opted Local Governor

Shelley Hills - Co-opted Local Governor

Andrew Nothard - Co-opted Local Governor

Sophie Thomas - Co-opted Local Governor

Richard Dewdney - Co-opted Local Governor

Register of Interests 2022-23 & Attendance 2021-22

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

Name Role Champion Nature of Interests Date interest registered Terms of Office Attendance 2021-22
Charlotte Harmer Head Teacher & Local Governor Nil TWHF employee and husband is a local governor 01/09/2022 01/09/2022 N/A
Dr Moira Laffey Chair/Local Co-opted Governor Chair, SEND TWHF Trustee - Sep 1, 2020

TWHF LGB Chair of Melksham Oak - April 1, 2021
02/09/2021 30/06/2021 6 of 6
Kerry Ball Staff (PSA), Comms and Engagement Comms and Parental Engagement THWF employee, child at school, Personal Business NerD provided stationery and vinyl stickers to school as need 08/09/2021 - 26/01/2024 28//01/2024 6 of 6
Fiona Jenkins Staff (Teaching) STEM THWF Employee, children at school 10/09/2021 - 26/01/2024 28/01/2024 5 of 6

Trevor Woods

Co-opted Local Governor, Pupil Premium and Grants Premiums Nil 16/08/2021 07/12/2020 -?06/12/2024 5 of 6
Charlie Harmer Co-opted Local Governor Maths, Curriculum Wife is a TWHF employee at Larkhill, Royal Artillery charities??Trustee 23/03/2022 22/03/2026 3 of 3
Richard Mealand Co-opted Local Governor Safeguarding, IT including Safeguarding Nil 23/03/2022 22/03/2026 3 of 3
Shelley Hills Co-opted Local Governor Early Years Hills minding??childminder 19/05/2022 18/05/2026 0 of 1
Andrew Nothard Co-opted Local Governor English Nil 19/07/2022 18/07/2026 N/A
Richard Dewdney Co-opted Local Governor   English Heritage Employees 11.07.2023 11.07.2023 - 10.07.2027  
Sophie Thomas Co-opted Local Governor   English Heritage Employees 11.07.2023 11.07.2023 - 10.07.2027  

Previous Governors (resigned in the last 12 months):

Emily Taylor - Left 31/08/22 (attended 4 of 6 meetings)

Katie King - Left 11/04/2022 (attended 4 of 6 meetings)

Jo Rowell - Left 08/06/2022 (attended 3 of 5 meetings)

Minutes of meetings are available from the school office upon request.

Dr. Moira Laffey – Chair of Governors

Champion – Safeguarding, Maths & English

Moira has a PhD in Chemistry. After a few years working as a civil servant, she saw the light and retrained to teach. She initially specialised in supporting adults with difficulties with maths; then by a happy accident embarked on a career in independent prep schools. Over the years she held posts as teacher, head of department, deputy head, and head.

In 2016 Moira became a governor of a primary school in Wiltshire and as chair in 2018 took the school through the due diligence to join TWHF in March 2018. She has particular interests in the teaching of maths and the opportunities for governors to network and obtain training. She is delighted to be the representative of TWHF local governing bodies on The Trust Board and will work to support good communication.

Trevor Wood - Co-opted School Governor

Champion - Premiums

Trevor has served all of his adult life in the British Army. He has enjoyed a varied career serving and living in several areas in the UK and abroad. He has had the privilege of serving a full career as a soldier and also a commissioned officer, with the latter holding down various staff roles predominately in the trade and collective training area and has no plan to retire just yet.

In October 2020, Trevor became a co-opted school governor of Larkhill Primary School responsible for assisting the school with their pupil premiums’ strategies and any other related premiums such a service families and sports premiums. His aim is to ensure our children are supported both pastorally and academically in the best possible way to help attainment and of course make their learning and growing experience as positive as possible.

Trevor along with his wife have now settled down in a sleepy village in Wiltshire, they have one son who has flown the nest and works in finance sector in London. To bridge that gap, they now have a mad little Miniature Schnauzer puppy, who happens to be much better behaved than their boy

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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.