<strong>Who are you?</strong>
The Church Schools of Cambridge is a charitable trust founded in 1703. We work with schools, governors and children to improve the provision of collective worship and Religious Education in schools. Find out more here.
<strong>Which schools do you work with?</strong>
We work with many schools throughout Cambridge and the surrounding areas, both Church of England Schools and non-faith based.
We hold in trust the buildings and land of four voluntary aided Church of England schools: St Paul’s, St Philip’s, St Luke’s and Park Street. We appoint foundation governors to the schools, as well as supporting their building costs.
<strong>Who appoints your Trustees and what do they do?</strong>
Our Trustees are appointed by a number of organisations including: the Ely Diocesan Board of Education, the University of Cambridge, Cambridge north and south Deanery Synods and the PCCS of the churches connected to the schools. To contact the Trustees send us an email.
The Trustees managed the funds of the charity, allowing us to provide support for the schools when needed. Several of our Trustees are also foundation governors. They have a wide range of expertise and experience between them and provide advice and help when requested.
<strong>What is your connection to the Diocese of Ely?</strong>
The Diocese of Ely is closely involved and supports the schools and the Trust. The Diocesan Director of Education is a Trustee. The Diocese also appoints the other foundation governors in the schools, as well as providing specialist advice. The Diocesan Board of Education is the statutory body for all Diocese of Ely church schools and so approves all the projects undertaken by the school.
<strong>Are there any advantages in being a CSoC school?</strong>
Yes! All voluntary aided schools have to provide 10% of the cost of capital projects, for example building new classrooms or re-carpeting the library. Most schools raise this 10% contribution from their parents and surrounding communities. For Trust schools, in most cases, the charity is able to award a grant to the school to cover the 10% contribution. This allows the school community to focus on raising money for other projects.
The Trust is also able to award the schools a small grant each year for the governors to spend as they see fit. This has been spent on books, trips and ICT among other things.
Our schools all have strong support from the local parish church. Some of the foundation governors come from the local church and the local vicar is also a foundation governor. The Trust helps the schools and local churches work together, for example by helping to fund joint projects. For examples of ongoing projects please see here.
<strong>What is your connection with St Bede's Inter-Church School?</strong>
We award St Bede’s a small grant each year which helps fund the ongoing costs of the Chaplaincy. We also pay 2.5% towards capital (building) projects and the director of the charity is a governor at the school.
<strong>Where does the other 90% come from for capital projects?</strong>
The Local Authority provides 90% of the funding for capital projects. Voluntary aided schools are given a small amount of money each year for capital projects. This is called Devolved Formula Capital (DFC). For large projects, such as building new classrooms, the school has to apply for funds from a single local pot called Locally Coordinated Voluntary Aided Programme (LCVAP).
<strong>What are Foundation governors?</strong>
Foundation governors take on normal governor duties but also have a particular concern for the Christian values and ethos of the school as well as for collective worship and RE. Find out more here.