Corporation (Governing Body) Information

Sixth-form College Corporations (Governing Bodies) have the legal status of statutory corporations and exempt charities. A college is a charitable activity undertaken by its Corporation. As laid down in the Higher and Further Education Act of 1992, the Corporation of the Sixth Form College, Colchester, has ultimate responsibility for the College and it is the responsibility of the members of the Corporation (the Governors) to ensure that the College achieves its mission as a sixth form college.

The Corporation is made up of members from a cross-section of the community. They come from a variety of backgrounds with the skills and expertise required to ensure that the Corporation functions as effectively as possible and in the best interests of the College and its stakeholders. The Corporation comprises of up to 20 members, including parent, community, student and staff representatives.

Mission and Vision Statements

Mission: The College’s mission is to provide suitably qualified 16 to 19 year olds wishing to pursue full time academic general education in the Colchester area with a supportive and inclusive environment, in which they are able to acquire the necessary qualifications, talents and skills vital for success in adult life.

Vision: Our vision is to be the first choice for these students and to deliver to them the highest level of quality educational experience, the broadest possible curriculum, and the strongest pastoral and enrichment support that is possible within the resources available.

Arrangements for obtaining the views of stakeholders on the determination and periodic review of the educational character and mission of the institution and the oversight of its activities.

The Corporation (Governing Body) regularly provides a number of opportunities and approaches for stakeholders to provide their views on the educational character, mission and vision statements of the College and the work of the Corporation in general. These opportunities include; providing views in response to stakeholder consultations, direct feedback to governors during college events (including open evenings for prospective students and their parents/guardians), staff and student surveys and meetings with union representatives. In addition to the above, the constitution of the Corporation includes staff, student, parent and community representatives. The Standing Orders, minutes of meetings of the Corporation and its committees, and Terms of Reference published on this page, provide further information on the work undertaken by the Corporation. Feedback can be given by contacting the Clerk to the Corporation using the contact details below.

Public Access to Meetings

The Instruments & Articles of Government and appendix C of the Corporation’s Standing Orders provide information regarding public access to meetings.

Register of Business and Pecuniary Interests

Members of the Corporation (Governors) must avoid conflicts of interest with respect to their fiduciary duties to the College. Corporation members, senior managers and specified budget holders are required to disclose their business, financial and other interests and those of their family members and close associates, which might be seen as a conflict of interest. These declarations are entered on a register maintained by the clerk which is open for public inspection. Should you wish to view the register, please contact the Clerk to the Corporation.

Information Updates

Corporation Chair & Vice Chairs: K Finnigan was elected to serve as Chair of the Corporation and M Atherton and D Morran elected to serve as Vice Chairs of the Corporation, for a 2 year period commencing 01.09.2020. 

Parent Governor Vacancy:  During the spring term 2021, parents and guardians of students currently studying at the College, will be asked to elect a new parent governor.  We welcome expressions of interest from persons willing to work in a diverse environment that aims to reflect our student body and embraces our mission and vision.  To register an interest, or to find out more about the role,  please contact the Clerk to the Corporation. 

Coronavirus (Covid 19): During these unprecedented and difficult times, the Corporation has put into place contingency plans to make sure it continues to fulfil its statutory responsibilities, including that of strategic oversight and with the aim of ensuring that the College is able to continue to provide all students with a first-class learning experience. At all times the primary focus of the Corporation remains the wellbeing of the students, the staff and the wider college community.


Further Information & Contact Details

Should you have a query regarding any of the information contained on this page or would like to register an interest in becoming a governor please contact:

Tina Johnson
Clerk to the Corporation
The Sixth Form College, Colchester
North Hill

01206 500700