The role of the Governors is to hold ultimate control of, and responsibility for, the management of the School:
- ensuring the School acts in accordance with the School’s Constitution
- educating, safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of pupils
- ensuring compliance with the inspection regime
- ensuring the School’s activities in furtherance of its charitable objects in the context of its regulation by the Charity.
The Governors’ key responsibilities are to:
- set a clear vision, mission and strategic plan for the School and ensure that the necessary structures are in place to deliver those as part of the strategic management of the School
- ensure the performance of the School
- ensure that the School complies with all legal and regulatory requirements
- act as guardians of the School’s assets, both tangible and intangible
- ensure that the School’s governance is of the highest possible standard
The Governing Body undertake this by directing the principles; the day to day management of the School is delegated to the Head and the senior leadership team.
There are 4 sub committees which include amongst their members staff and suitable qualified experts in the particular field that the committee covers.
The sub committees report to the governors.
Currently SCS has four currently as follows:
- Financial and General Purpose Committee
- Educational Committee
- Development Committee
- Marketing Committee
To contact the Chair of Governors please write to Mrs Elizabeth Cairncross, c/o Salisbury Cathedral School, 1 The Close, Salisbury, SP1 2EQ
Elizabeth CairncrossChair of Governors
Elizabeth Cairncross is retired after forty four years in education, latterly for eighteen years as the head and then principal of Wells Cathedral School, (a 2-18 day and boarding school), the choir school for Wells Cathedral and one of the government's four music specialist schools in England - and the only one to be embedded within a 'real' school. She has been chair of the Choir Schools Association and chair of the nine DfE Music and Dance scheme schools heads group and for several years was a trustee of CASE Europe as well as a former member of the Headmasters and Headmistresses Conference as Head of Wells Cathedral School.
She started her career as an English teacher and finished it as a Latin teacher, and she has worked in boarding and day - and day-and-boarding - schools. She is fascinated by the education opportunities of cathedral schools in the post secular world and by the increasing importance of good governance in all schools. She has three adult children and her husband, Andrew, as head of department, appointed her to her first teaching post, at King Edward's Witley. One of her pleasures lies in being a member of the Worshipful Company of Ironmongers and, therefore, a foundation governor of Sir Robert Geffreys School in Landrake, Cornwall.
Stephen DarkeVice Chair, F &GP Committee, Marketing Committee
Stephen attended Loughborough University where he gained as BSC in Banking & Finance. He started his career in the Financial sector with the Midland Bank before moving to the Woolwich Building Society. He is now Company Secretary for the James Hay Partnership based in Salisbury. Stephen lives with his wife, Carrie, and their three children in Frogham on the edge of the New Forest. Their two daughters both attended SCS and enjoyed life as choristers. Stephen was previously a Governor of a local primary school.
Jacqueline Monro-HiggsVice Chair, Education Committee
Jacqueline set up her own business ten years ago offering contract, copyright and commercial advice to companies and individuals, mostly in the film and television industry. She originally trained as a solicitor and worked in-house for Channel 5, Channel 4 and Lumiere Films. She lives in West Grimstead with her husband and two daughters who were both pupils at the school. She became a school governor in 2015.
Martin CookeEducation Committee, Development Committee
Martin Cooke retired as Headmaster of Clayesmore School in July 2016. His time at the school witnessed a substantial growth in its success and popularity with pupil numbers growing by over 65%. Martin is a former member of both the Headmasters and Headmistresses Conference (HMC) and of the International Association of Preparatory Schools (IAPS). A former chorister at St Paul's Cathedral, Martin became Organ Scholar at Bishop Otter College in 1975, from where he took his University of Sussex degree in Music and Education. He is a long-serving Governor at Durlston Court School and was for ten years on the board at Exeter Cathedral School. He also serves as Director of Music at Holy Trinity, Bradford on Avon. He is married to Eleanor, and they have two grown up children.
Christine CooperMarketing Committee
Christine has a professional background in marketing and communication. She worked for many years in the paper industry for Wiggins Teape, following which she set up a marketing agency providing a range of services for clients based both in London and locally. She was previously a governor at Leaden Hall School. She is married to Gregory; they have two daughters who both attended Leaden Hall and after living in Alderbury for 20 years, Christine and her family now live in Coombe Bissett.
James FletcherF &GP Committee, Development Committee
James is a chartered accountant by profession and is the senior partner of Fletcher & Partners in Salisbury where charities are among his areas of specialisation. A former pupil of the school, he subsequently obtained his MA and DPhil in mathematics at Trinity College, Oxford, qualifying in 1993. James joined the Board of Governors in 2007. His three children have all attended the school, two as choristers.
Tim Olliff-LeeF &GP Committee
Tim attended Tonbridge School followed by the University of Reading where he studied Land Management. He qualified and practised as a Chartered Surveyor with Strutt & Parker LLP before undertaking a law conversion, and now works for Wilsons Solicitors in Salisbury. Tim lives with his wife Laura in the Ebble Valley and his daughter was a pupil at the school.
The Reverend Canon Edward ProbertSafeguarding Governor
The Reverend Canon Edward Probert
Edward Probert has degrees in history (Cambridge) and theology (Oxford). After a year working in a nightclub and another with the homeless, he was ordained in 1985 and served in parishes in Surrey and south London for 19 years before coming to Salisbury in 2004. As Canon Chancellor at the cathedral he is responsible for all aspects of the welcome offered by the cathedral - its outreach, education, volunteers, marketing, and development - and for its historic collections in the library and archive. He has been a governor at a large primary school, Bishop Wordsworth's School and was chair of governors at Sarum Academy for 6 years.
Liisa WallaceDevelopment Committee, F &GP Committee
After working in a blue chip company successively as a warehousing analyst, economics analyst, financial controller and senior buyer, Liisa founded and operated several businesses involved in scuba diving, leisure and retail. Having spent eleven years in southwestern Virginia raising water buffalo, she returned to the UK, lives in Salisbury and continues to manage her scuba retail business. Her key skills are costing projects, communications and organisation. Liisa is also the treasurer for SCS Friends. Liisa's twin boys started at the School in 2017.
Sarah attended Bournemouth University where she gained a BSc in Agriculture. She started her career in the financial services sector working both in retail and then at JPMorgan where she held several roles most latterly the Learning and Development Manager for EMEA. Sarah is currently the Global Head of Training at Partners in Performance a management consultancy. Sarah lives in Salisbury with her husband Charlie and two children who currently attend SCS.