The Governing Body of the College is responsible for determining the overall strategy of the College and its educational character. Governors make a very valuable contribution to the success of the College. They contribute their collective skills and experience to the Governing Body in a non-executive capacity on an unpaid basis. The Governing Body is also accountable for the proper use of the public funds entrusted to it and for overseeing the quality of all that goes on in the College.
Governors are appointed on the basis of their skills which will assist the College in its development. There are also staff, students and parent members of the Governing Body. The Principal is also a governor. The Governing Body does not manage the College or organise its day-to-day affairs. That is the job of the Principal, who is appointed by the Governing Body.
Sheila Yates, Chair of Governors, can be contacted via Priestley College, Loushers Lane, Warrington, WA4 6RD.
Further Education Colleges were incorporated in 1993 and thence became self-governing and responsible for their own affairs. The Governing Body is accountable for the financial health and good management of the college and for the proper use of the public funds entrusted to it. The success of the College, both as a public body and as an educational institution is influenced by the effectiveness with which the Governing Body carries out its business.
With certain exceptions, the maximum term of office for a Governor is 4 years. Members may be considered for re-appointment on expiry of their term of office.
It should be emphasised that Governors are appointed to act solely in the interests of the College. They do not have a representative role and are specifically prevented by the College’s Instrument of Government from speaking and voting according to mandates given to them by other bodies or persons.
The Governance & Search Committee of the Governing Body would be interested to hear from anyone who wishes to become a governor. Governors have a wide variety of experience and backgrounds.
They may have experience of management in a public or commercial organisation, specialist skills and knowledge or have an active role in a voluntary organisation.
If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a Governor of the College please contact Teresa Cullen on 01925 624453 or email email@example.com
Governors must be committed to the aims and objectives of the College and be willing to promote the interests of the College and its students in the wider community. They must be able to communicate effectively and demonstrate most of the following qualities:
- An interest in further education
- A commitment to the principles of public life — selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership
- A willingness to give time freely to Governing Body activities
- Commitment to strengthening College links with its business and local communities • Specialist skills and knowledge relevant to the needs of the Board
- Connections with the area served by the College through business, work or place of residence
- Experience which will add to the overall operation of the Governing Body and will complement the skills of other members.
- A willingness to take part in College activities and events
- A willingness to participate in training and development activities for Governing Body members
- Available to attend an average of six Governing Body meetings per year, including one full-day planning session, and further committees as appropriate
- Be committed as an employer to equal opportunities
- Setting the strategic direction of the College;
- The determination of the College’s educational character and mission and oversight of its activities;
- The effective and efficient use of resources, the solvency of the institution and the Corporation and for safeguarding their assets;
- For approving annual estimates of income and expenditure;
- The appointment, grading suspension, dismissal and determination of the pay and conditions of service of the holders of senior posts;
- Setting a framework for the pay and conditions of service of all other staff;
- Monitoring progress towards achievement of the College’s agreed targets;
- Assisting in the formulation and monitoring of the College’s strategic plan which will provide the essential framework for the internal management of the College;
- Setting measurable annual targets to support the College’s business plan and budget;
- The annual self-assessment review of governance;
- Attending appropriate governor induction and training days as required;
Members will also be expected to:
- Serve on at least one committee;
- Have a high level of attendance at Governing Body and Committee meetings;
- Be prepared to read and consider papers circulated in advance of meetings;
- Be involved in some disciplinary and complaints procedures when necessary;
- Represent the Governing Body at official functions;
- To act in the best interests of the College;
- To observe the Governors’ Code of Conduct;
- To comply with the Instrument and Articles of Government, the Standing Orders, the Financial Agreement/Memorandum, and the College Financial Regulations and procedures;
- Not to take or hold any interest in any College property or receive any remuneration for their services (save as a member of staff) without the Secretary of State’s permission;
- To disclose openly to the Governing Body any personal conflict of interest arising from a matter before the Governing Body or from any other aspect of Governors’ business.
- To respect the confidentiality of those items of business which the Governing Body decides from time to time should remain confidential.
- To support decisions of the Governing Body and its committees once they have been reached on the basis of collective responsibility even if they have spoken against them in meetings;
- To give priority to attending meetings of the Governing Body and appropriate committees;
- To understand that statements may only be made on behalf of the Governing Body by those authorised to do so.
The Governance Handbook outlines the following in more detail:
- Core Functions of Governance
- Structure of Governance and Membership
- Code of Conduct
- Local Governing Body and Committees
- The Role of Chair and Vice-Chair
- The Role of Chairs of Committees
- The Clerk to the Local Governing Body
- Governor Privacy Notice
Public Values at Priestley stem from the ‘vision’ and ‘mission’ which underpin all the College’s strategies and services.
The College Vision
To be the region’s leading provider of high quality educational opportunities, responding to the needs of the community we serve.
The College Mission
To inspire, challenge and support students to excel in learning and in life.
At Priestley College we value:
- Learning and the enjoyment of learning
- Each individual and their needs and aspirations
- Achievements and success which are both personal and academic
- Effort and endeavour to maximise a person’s full potential
- Partnership based on respect and equality
In support of these values we will:
- Aim for the highest possible standards of teaching and tutorial support
- Recognise the need for personal development as well as cultural enhancement, including, for sixth form College learners, whole-person education
- Support and invest in the professional development of all staff
- Celebrate diversity and promote equality of opportunity to all our learners and staff
- Actively monitor, support and guide learners through their learning, progression and personal development
- Seize all opportunities to celebrate and reward success
- Develop an ethos of personal responsibility where everybody is expected to give of their best at all times
- Recruit with integrity so as to best ensure learners’ success and progression
- Provide a welcoming, attractive, safe, well resourced learning and working environment
- Ensure the College is as accessible as possible to those with learning difficulties and/or disabilities
- Work in partnership with parents, employers and all relevant local, regional and national bodies