Nyland School 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 Board of Trustees, 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 Board of Trustees will hold contact details for all local governors of schools within TWHF. However, routine communication for day-to-day school business should be via the chair of that LGB, managed by the school or through an LGB clerk.

The principal and the chair of the LGB are responsible for ensuring the quality and timely distribution of all materials needed to keep the local governors well-informed about the school and TWHF. The principal and the chair are also responsible for ensuring the views of the LGB are effectively communicated to the Board of Trustees. 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 local governance. Schools within TWHF will be judged to have outstanding local governance when the LGB:

  • Talks about teaching and learning.
  • Knows a great deal about the school and its community.
  • Is ambitious for the school and its community.
  • Asks 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.
  • Maintains strong and effective relationships within TWHF.

Current Local Governors

Nyland School Local Governing Body is under development at present. More information about its members will be added to the website in the new year.

Nyland School 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 Governing Body is established, if you need to contact the Chair of Governors in relations to issues at Nyland School, please contact Mrs Dancey on [email protected]

Register of Interests 2019-20 & Attendance 2018-19

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

NameRoleNature of InterestDate Interest was registeredTerms of Office Attendance 2018-19

Mrs Tamsyn van der Meulen

PrincipalEmployee - TWHFNANA6 of 6

Mr John Costello

ChairNoneNAtbc6 of 6

Liz Mawer

Parent Governor

NoneNAtbc4 of 6

Sarah Groom

Parent GovernorNoneNAtbc4 of 6

Sarah Clements

Parent GovernorNoneNAtbc4 of 6

Kay White

Community GovernorNoneNAtbc3 of 4

Jen Handy

ICT GovernorEmployee - TWHFNAtbc2 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

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