The White Horse Federation is a multi-academy trust (MAT). Its Certificate of Incorporation as a Private Limited Company (8075785) was issued on 18th May 2012.

Governance of The White Horse Federation falls within the responsibility of Members and Member Appointed Directors (MA Directors) of the Board.

Their primary function is to protect the interests and assets of all establishments within the multi-academy trust.

In particular, they are responsible for:

  • Ensuring the reputation of the MAT is continually strengthened and is not compromised.
  • Identifying terms of reference for the committees and the Local Governing Bodies, and ensuring these are reviewed every four years.
  • Setting the vision and values, ethos, and strategic direction of the MAT.
  • Deciding on and developing policy for the MAT and delegating appropriate and proportional powers to sub-committees and local governing bodies.

The Board of Directors is made up of a range of The White Horse Federation employees and external board members, who bring additional and complementary skill-sets and expertise to those of the Directors and Members. The board meets six times per year.

The membership of the Board of Directors consists of the Chair, Vice Chair, CEO, and Managing Director. These are permanent board members. However, according to need or situation, the Primary Director, Secondary Director, HR Director, Finance Director, Commercial Director, Estates Manager, and IT Manager may also be asked to attend as required.

The Board is responsible for:

  • The formulation and implementation of The White Horse Federation’s strategy for future growth and development.
  • The effective management of the academies, teaching schools, children’s centres, and other associated settings within the MAT.
  • The financial performance and monitoring of all settings within the MAT.
  • The educational and academic performance and monitoring of all settings within the MAT.

Governance / Local Board of Governors

Each school has its own Local Board of Governors (LBG). The Chair of each LBG will also sit on a collective group of Chairs, from which one representative will be elected and then co-opted onto the Board. This process is repeated every two years, thus affording new Chairs the opportunity to be similarly elected.

The White Horse Federation Board has clearly identified the areas of responsibility it delegates to LBGs. Although not in any way legally responsible, and not itself accountable for statutory functions, the LBG has an important role to play in assisting the school to operate effectively in line with the wishes of The White Horse Federation board as communicated to the LBG.


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