Home Page

Whitelands Park Primary School Better never stops

School Governors

Local Governing Body


Whitelands Park Primary School is one of three schools working in partnership under the Kennet School Academies Trust, governed by a board of directors. The school itself is overseen by our governing body under the authority delegated to it by the Trust. It is responsible for the strategic leadership of the school, for the school's financial and academic performance, for safeguarding our pupils and for holding the Headteacher to account.


Governors act collectively as the governing body, exercising their powers in a primary strategic leadership role; they do not get involved in the day-to-day running of the school. The Governing Body meets six times a year; their programme of work focused on the school improvement cycle with the School Improvement Plan at the heart.


As well as attending governing body meetings, governors are expected to engage in appropriate governor and school activities, including 'Challenge Day' visits and meeting with school leaders. Governors also serve on various panels that decide on specific matters such as grievance, complaints and staff appointments. 


Appointing Governors

Governors are appointed in several different ways:

  • Community Governors are appointed by the board of trustees. A community governor is a person appointed by the Board of Trustees of the Kennet School Academies Trust.

  • Parent Governors are elected by ballot of all parents and carers of current pupils. A parent governor must be a parent of a pupil at our school at the time of their election and are appointed by the governing body following a secret ballot of all parents/carers of registered pupils at the school.

  • Staff Governors must be employed in that capacity by the academy and will cease to be a governor if they cease to work at the academy; teaching staff governors are appointed by the governing body following a secret ballot of all teaching staff; non-teaching staff governors are appointed by the governing body following a secret ballot of all non-teaching staff.

  • The Headteacher is a governor ex-officio.


All Governors, except the Headteacher, serve for a term of office of four years but can be reappointed. 


Further Information

More detailed information on Whitelands Park Primary School's Local Governing Board, such as:

  • Register of Interest

  • Records of Attendance and the Basis of Appointments

  • Annual Report and Financial Statements

  • Gender Pay Gap

can all be found on Equinox Learning Trust page.


Local Governing Body (LGB)

  • Mr Nigel Margeson (Chair)

  • Mrs Kate Barrow

  • Miss Sarah Lake

  • Mr Luke Mironski

  • Mr David Neal

  • Ms Olivia Rugman

  • Mrs Miriam Swift (Headteacher)

  • Mr Tom Ward

  • Vacancies x 4

Contact Local Governing Body

Chair: Mr Nigel Margeson

Address: c/o Whitelands Park Primary School, Sagecroft Road, Thatcham, Berkshire RG18 3FH



The Local Governing Body meets every half term.