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Governing Body

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.