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How To Become a Governor

Could you use your business skills to contribute to the successful development of Long Road Sixth Form College?

Long Road Sixth Form College Corporation consists of 20 members. This includes 13 independent governors, who are recruited from outside the College, and the Principal, 2 Student governors, 3 Staff governors (drawn from teaching and support staff) and 1 Parent governor.  Working as a team, governors are responsible for determining the strategy and future direction of the College.

The governing body’s legal responsibilities are to:

  • determine and periodically review the educational character and mission of the institution and oversee its activities;
  • approve the College’s quality strategy;
  • ensure the effective and efficient use of resources, the solvency of the College and the Corporation and safeguarding of assets;
  • approve the annual estimates of income and expenditure;
  • appoint senior postholders and determine a framework for the pay and conditions of service of all staff.

College Governors are required to adopt Nolan’s seven principles of public life (selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership) in carrying out these responsibilities.  All governors commit to attending Corporation meetings, which are held at least four times a year in the early evening on a Tuesday.  Most Governors also become a member of a Committee set up to review in greater detail a specific aspect of the College’s operation.  Committees meet at least termly and operate in the areas of Audit, Finance, Search, Human Resources & Remuneration, and Standards. Governors are encouraged to attend Open Evenings, Art exhibitions, Drama and Music performances and to visit a specific area of the College through a link visit programme.

When recruiting governors, we are always keen to hear from individuals who believe they can make a real difference to the College and our students.  You need to be enthusiastic and committed to serving in this voluntary role. We welcome applications from people who can think strategically with a range of professional backgrounds including audit, finance, HR, legal, marketing and local government.  At present, we are seeking a member for our Finance & Resources committee, someone with a financial specialism/background.

The selection process looks to reflect the gender and ethnicity balance of the College’s community in the governing body’s composition, and we particularly welcome applications from people from ethnic minority groups and women.

If you are interested in finding out more, please contact:

Clerk to the Corporation

Long Road Sixth Form College
Cambridge CB2 8PX
Tel: 01223 507499
Email: clerk@longroad.ac.uk