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3 April 2019
Life at The White Horse Federation

Life at The White Horse Federation

Every member of staff within The White Horse Federation is highly valued and treated as an individual. From their first day with the federation, they are provided with the support and resources they need to succeed and help deliver the fantastic education that our students deserve.

Alongside the provision of support and resources, staff are also given a wealth of opportunities to develop their skills. We offer training courses and personal development workshops through our partnership with Swindon Teaching Schools.

The White Horse Federation also takes pride in facilitating career progression within its schools. Many of our current staff joined as teachers or teaching assistants and have since advanced into senior leadership positions, while examples of the same career development can also be found in our finance, HR, and IT departments.

Elaine Murphy is now head of school at The Croft Primary School, although her career began as a volunteer. Elaine said: “I started originally as a volunteer before completing the Graduate Trainee Programme (GTP) under the tutelage of Dr Nick Capstick OBE. I was then appointed as a year 4 class teacher at Drove Primary School, the initial founding school of The White Horse Federation.”

After spending six years as a class teacher, and a further five years as a special educational needs coordinator, Elaine had gained the experience to be appointed assistant principal at Drove Primary School before later becoming head of school at The Croft Primary School.

She believes The White Horse Federation offers a fantastic proposition for staff: “The career progression available within TWHF is one to be celebrated and can be found at all levels within the organisation. The provision of professional development within schools and across TWHF is exemplary, and the dissemination of outstanding practise throughout the organisation is invaluable for improving personal practice.”

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