Local Governance Committee

St Luke's Academy belongs to a Strategic group of the Special Schools within the White Horse Federation and the Chair of this group is Philippa Dancey.

In the interim, whilst the new Local Governance Committee is established, if you need to contact the Chair of Governors in relation to issues at St Luke's, please contact Mrs Dancey on [email protected].


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 Governance Committee (LGC) to focus on providing support, overcoming challenges in the delivery of educational excellence, and outstanding outcomes for all pupils.

There are direct channels of communication between the principal and the LGC chair and central services. The clerk to the board of trustees will hold contact details for all members of LGCs within TWHF. However, routine communication for day-to-day school business should come from the chair of that LGC, managed by the school or through an LGC clerk.

The principal and the chair of the LGC are responsible for ensuring the quality and timely distribution of all material needed to keep LGC members well-informed about the school and TWHF. The principal and the chair are also responsible for ensuring the views of the LGC have good lines of communication to the board of trustees. 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 attend any LGC.

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 LGC:

  • 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.

For the shared model of governance to be effective for TWHF and the schools, it is essential that there is effective communication between the board of trustees, the LGCs, chairs groups, principals, the central team, and the executive leadership team.

Register of Interests 2022-23 and Attendance 2021-22

Name Governor Type Role

Nature of Interests

Term Beginning

Term Termination Meetings Attendance
Jane Boulton Co-opted Governor Chair N/A 22/02/2021 21/02/2025 2 of 2 Meetings
Judith Buckingham Principal Principal TWHF Employee 15/01/2020 N/A 2 of 2 Meetings
Laura Brake Staff (Teaching) Governor N/A TWHF Employee 01/04/2022 31/03/2026 2 of 2 Meetings
Christine Greogory Parent Governor N/A TWHF Parent 17/10/2022 16/10/2026 N/A
Sarah Heath Staff (Support) Governor N/A TWHF Employee 17/10/2022 16/10/2026 N/A
Charlie Sutcliffe Parent Governor N/A TWHF Parent 17/10/2022 16/10/2026 N/A

Previous Governors

Samantha Hinton - Left 08/11/2022 (Meetings Attended 0 of 2)

Shakira West-Morland - Left 08/11/2022 (Meetings Attended 2 of 2)

Ray Williams - Left 08/11/2022 (Meetings Attended 0 of 2)

Josie Cooper - Left 08/11/2022 (Meetings Attended 1 of 2)

Rachel Davies - Left 08/11/2022 (Meetings Attended 0 of 2)

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
  • Higher Paid Staff reports