Cliftonville Primary and Pre-School is an excellent school the children are happy and thriving. Brilliant school, fabulous staff, great senior leadership team = a happy child! The dedication and hard work from the entire school team is outstanding and clear to see. I think you've all been amazing throughout the years, just want to so say thankyou & we appreciate everything you do for all of us . We love the school and are so impressed with all of the staff who work so hard constantly it is greatly appreciated by the children and parents and carers thank you. Presence of Teachers and caretakers at pick up and drop off really help you feel safe. The well-being of the pupils is outstanding. It is a lovely school with a welcoming feel and a positive atmosphere. Highly visible leadership team. A feeling of pride in the school. Supportive school for both parents and children. As parents we feel really proud that our son comes to such a great school, which we knew was fabulous whether OFSTED told us o

Our Governing Body

Cliftonville is a member of the Coastal Academies Trust- CAT

Parent Governor Elections October 2023

Cliftonville Primary and Pre-School is a member of the Coastal Academies Trust (which is known as a multi-academy trust).  The articles of association set out how the multi-academy trust is governed.  The ‘Scheme of delegation’ sets out how power, responsibility and accountability is delegated from the board of trustees to the Executive Head Teacher, Ms Kate Greig, through to the Head Teachers of academies in the trust and their local governing bodies. The Head Teachers are Ms Whichcord Cliftonville Primary and Pre-School, Mr Sellen, King Ethelbert Secondary School, Mr Jones Dane Court Grammar School, Mr Tate Hartsdown Academy and Mr Pullen Royal Harbour Academy.  

For more information on the Coastal Academies Trust please visit

Local School Governing Bodies

Governing Bodies in every school have representation from different groups including parents, staff and the wider community.

The Governing Body is part of the Leadership team of the school; they are responsible for working with the school, to ensure that it delivers a good quality education. Together, with the Head Teacher, who is responsible for the day to day running of the school, the Governing Body sets the school’s strategic aims and policies and ensures they are delivered and monitored.

Governors have three main roles:

  • To provide strategic direction for the school
  • To act as a critical friend to the Head Teacher
  • To ensure accountability

They also carry out a number of other important duties, which include:

  • Determining how the school's budget is spent
  • The appointing and dismissing of staff
  • Hearing appeals and grievances
  • Forming policy on the school's curriculum and collective worship
  • Setting standards for pupils' behaviour and discipline
  • Making sure school buildings are welcoming and safe
  • Setting and monitoring the school's aims and policies


At Cliftonville Primary & Pre-School our Governing Body is made up of a team of committed volunteers, from a selection of education & non-education backgrounds.

As a Full Governing Body, we meet six times a year in order to monitor and evaluate standards against our School Improvement Plan. This will include a focus on the curriculum, data, monitoring of teaching and learning as well as finance and personnel. Governors receive training on an on-going basis and also meet with Governors of other governing bodies to share good practice and skills.

Our Governors take an active part within our school.  In addition to team meetings they undertake formal visits to monitor progress in many aspects of the school from teaching phonics to health and safety.  They also come along to Church services, drama productions and musical presentations.  As you can appreciate, this requires a lot of time and commitment and we are incredibly grateful to those who give up their time in order to do this invaluable role within our school.  Any of the governors can be contacted via the school office c/o the Clerk.


Cliftonville Primary School Governors 2023-2024


Our governors bring a wealth of experience and skills to the team.  For non-staff governors this includes work within Human Resources, Finance, Special Education, School Leadership at senior level, Information Technology, Early Years, Safeguarding and the local community, parish and diocese. Unless otherwise stated the appointment of members was 1st December 2013 on conversion of the school to an Academy.

Mrs Hooper- Chair of Governors; Trust Director appointed 25.09.19 and formerly Parent Governor; Learning and Development Team.  Safeguarding Governor.  Appointed 03.05.17

Mr Scobie-  Appointed by theTrust. Trust Finance Committee; 

Ms Whichcord - Head Teacher

Mr McGookin- Parent Governor. Local Governor Trust Finance Commitee. Appointed 25th November 2019

Mr Mitchell- Trust Governor. Safeguarding Governor. Appointed 25th November 2019

Mr Tye-Staff Governor

Ms Matthews-Parent Governor

Mrs Shallcross - Clerk to the Governing Body


Governor attendance has, as always, been of a very good level, with any absences having been fully explained and accepted and approved by the governing body.

There are no causes for concern at the level of commitment shown by any member of the governing body.

This excellent attendance has allowed dialogue to take place with school leaders and governors to be up to date with school, local and national developments.





Strategic Planning Day


The Governing Body meets with the Senior Leadership Team, for a whole day, to plan the school improvement priorities for the following academic year and beyond.  It is a chance to discuss key issues in depth from pupils' performance data & feedback from the parents' and carers' questionnaire to financial management and budgets.

Governor visits


Governors make regular formal visits to the school to monitor and evaluate the impact of our work.  In the last two years these have included visits with a focus on:

  • Financial procedures and practices
  • The school in the wider community
  • School ethos and values
  • Assessment
  • Health and safety
  • Safeguarding
  • Rising fives programme
  • Spelling
  • Early Years
  • Open Day and meeting with prospective families
  • Upper Key Stage 2
  • Phonics
  • Use of Pupil Premium funding
  • Extra-curricular music provision
  • British Values: Parliament week




Developing the skills and knowledge of the Governing Body


As an important part of the strategic leadership of the school, governors undertake a lot of training.  Although we are an academy, governors continue to  buy into a package with the Local Authority for training and development.  In addition, bespoke training is delivered by school staff on a range of topics.


Training in the last two years includes:

  • Safeguarding
  • New governors' induction
  • What does challenge and impact look like
  • Understanding and using data
  • e-safety
  • School finance
  • District and Kent conferences
  • Good governance towards Ofsted inspections
  • Strategic governance including data
  • Accelerated Reader
  • Rights Respecting Schools Award
  • Inclusion Quality Mark

Local Governing Board meeting dates


These meetings will take place in the school hall ( old)

(4.30 pm to 6.30 pm)

4th October 2023

22nd November 2023  

 31st January 2024  

 20th March 2024  

 15th May 2024  

 10th July 2024 (away day) 

Governors' Business Interests


It is important that governors and staff not only act impartially, but are also seen to act impartially. The governing body and school staff have a responsibility to avoid any conflict between their business and personal interests and affairs and those of the school. There is a legal duty on all governors to declare an interest likely to lead to questions of bias when considering any item of business at a meeting and for the governor concerned to withdraw, if necessary, whilst the matter is considered.


To help put this duty into practice, a governing body is required to establish and maintain a register of pecuniary interests indicating, for all governors and the headteacher, any business interests. This should include, if appropriate, the company by whom they are employed, directorships, significant shareholdings or other appointments of influence within a business or other organisation which may have dealings with the school. They should include their own interest and those of any member of their immediate family (including partners) or other individuals known to them who may exert influence. The register sheet should be signed by the governor. The register will enable governors to demonstrate that in spending public money they do not benefit personally from decisions that they make. The register must contain, as a minimum, the elements shown on the attached sheet.


Governing Bodies should ensure the register is up to date, complete and includes all governors. Dated nil returns are also required. There should be notification of changes from governors, as appropriate, and through an annual review of entries.




Updated January 2024









25 November 2019

Non executor director of International Project Finance association




1 December 2013

 Family member at Royal Harbour Academy

HooperMarianne3 May 2017NoneN/A
MitchellBryan25 November 2019 Family member at Royal Harbour AcademyN/A
TyeMatthew4th October 2023 NoneN/A
MatthewsEllie22nd November 2023Employee St Lawrence College 

Governor Attendance 2022-2023

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