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CPS Governing Body


Governors' ambition for the school 

The Governing body at Clerkenwell Parochial CE School is comprised of a diverse group of people, all of whom have a deep commitment to the effective running and continued success of the school. Governors advocate for, and champion, every pupil at CPS. They ensure that by being 'critical friends' of the school, each pupil can reach their potential and be secondary-ready by the time that they leave.  The governing body is working with the management team to match the expectations of Ofsted's 'Outstanding' grade in order to ensure that no stone is left unturned in giving the pupils the best possible start in life.  All governors are determined that beyond academic success, our pupils at CPS have a rich experience in their time with us that fully develops their spiritual, moral, social, cultural, sporting and artistic potential. Governors at CPS ensure that the strong Christian ethos and traditions, going back over three hundred years, are maintained.


The governing body's main responsibilities

1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

2. Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and

3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.


The composition of the governing body

Governors are elected or appointed in accordance with the Instrument of Government.  This legal document sets out the different types of governors that will make up the full governing body. Biographies of our governors can be read near the base of this page. At CPS there are the following kinds of governors:


  • Parent governors are elected by other parents at the school. Subject to certain disqualifications, any parent (which includes a person with parental responsibility) of a registered pupil at the school at the time of election is eligible to stand for election as a parent governor. Parent governors may continue to hold office until the end of their term of office even if their child leaves the school.
  • Teaching and support staff who, at the time of election, are employed by either the governing body or the local authority to work at the school under a contract of employment, are eligible to be staff governors.  They cease to hold office when they cease to be employed at the school. 
  • The headteacher is a member of the governing body by virtue of their office. 
  • Local authority governors are nominated by the local authority but appointed by the governing body. The local authority can nominate any person who is eligible to be a local authority governor, but it is for the governing body to decide whether their nominee has the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school and meets any other eligibility criteria they have set. Local authorities should therefore make every effort to understand the governing body’s requirements and identify and nominate suitable candidates.
  • Foundation governors are either appointed or take the role by virtue of an office that they hold. Where appointed, the appointment is made by the person identified in the instrument of government. A foundation governor is someone who, in the opinion of the person entitled to appoint them, has the skills to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school, and would be capable of achieving the purpose for which he/she is appointed, which is ensuring the school’s Christian character is preserved and developed, and that the school is conducted in accordance with the foundation’s governing documents.  At CPS the foundation governors are made up of two appointees from the Islington Deanery Synod; one appointee from the London Diocesan Board for Schools; two appointees from Our Most Holy Redeemer & and St James' Parochial Church Council; and the two priests from those two churches (who hold their governorship by virtue of their priesthood at our local churches, ex-officio).
  • Co-opted governors are appointed by the governing body. They are people who in the opinion of the governing body have the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school. 
  • Associate members are appointed by the governing body to serve on one or more governing body committee. They may also attend full governing body meetings. They are not governors and therefore do not have a vote in governing body decisions, but may be given a vote on decisions made by committees to which they are appointed.

The governing body's sub-committees

The Governing body has several sub-committees that scrutinise different aspects of the school. These committees meet at least each half-term and report to the governing body.