With effect from the 1st October 2021 Richard Huish College re-designated as a 16-19 Academy. We are currently in the process of updating our Governance Pages to reflect this change.
If you have any questions please feel free to email the Senior Clerk to the Trust, Bettina Walker at Bettinaw@richuish.ac.uk.
- The role of a Governor
- When do Governors meet?
- Governor responsibilities
- Governor recruitment
- Governance Links
- Governance minutes
The Corporation has overall responsibility for determining the educational character and mission of Huish, as well as strategic and financial planning.
The College Board of Governors, or Corporation, has responsibility for ensuring that Huish meets the needs of all its students and that the College will continue to grow, develop and provide the best possible education for the whole community it serves.
The Corporation has twenty governor members who are responsible for:
- the determination and periodic review of the educational character and mission of the College and the oversight of its activities
- approving the quality strategy of the College
- ensuring the effective and efficient use of resources, the solvency of the College and the Corporation, and safeguarding their assets
- 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 and the Clerk to the Corporation
- setting a framework for the pay and conditions of all other staff.
Membership of the Corporation includes two student governors, two parent governors and two staff governors, all elected by their respective constituencies. The insight and experience of governors is essential in ensuring that Huish remains on track. With some two thousand students at the College, the Learner Voice is particularly important and the professionalism of governance must support Huish to ensure that we continue to improve the very high standards we have set.
Members of the Corporation come from a wide variety of backgrounds – business, health care, financial and legal – and appointments to the Corporation are made to ensure that there is the necessary expertise to carry out all the statutory obligations set out in the governing document, the Instruments and Articles of Government for Sixth Form Colleges. For this and other policies which set out the way in which the Corporation must operate please refer to our Governance Links.
Governors meet a number of times during each term and take a keen interest in the work of the College, both through the formal learning environment and through the many other activities and events which make up the College experience.Meet our Governors
The Board of Governors plays a key role in overseeing the strategic planning of the College, working closely with Senior Managers to ensure that all the College does continues to meet the highest standards. As well as thinking about the needs of current students, Governors must also plan for the future and consider the changing needs of the community.
Governors must be committed to getting to know Huish through various formal and informal links with teaching and learning, but also through attendance at College events throughout the year. It is important that Governors have a good understanding of their most important stakeholders, the students. Parents, employers and the local community also have a big part to play.
Joining the Board of Governors – the Corporation – means that as well as getting to know the College, its students and its staff, you must also be prepared to give up time in order to attend meetings on a regular basis. You will have an opportunity to work with a diverse group of people and use your professional and personal skills to shape learning in the local community.
Governors have many different skills – those with accountancy backgrounds sometimes choose to become a member of the Finance Committee, ensuring that funds are spent wisely and that there is adequate financial planning for the future. Other Governors may have skills in human resources, a background in the legal profession or work in education – the wider the range of skills, the better. Governors have real responsibility and it is an exciting opportunity.
Individual Governors have different responsibilities and choose to become involved with a range of different aspects of college life. All Governors are expected to attend Committee meetings and meetings of the Full Board, the Corporation.
The Full Board usually has meetings in September, December, March, May and July. As well as these meetings, there may be other occasions when the Board gets together to have strategic planning days. These planning days take place in early February and late April.
As well as the Full Board, there are Committees as follows:
- Academic Planning and Quality Committee
- Audit Committee
- Finance Committee
- Personnel Committee
- A Committee which looks after governance – the Search Committee
Sometimes there are other groups or committees convened to deal with particular tasks, such as overseeing building projects.
There are usually two meetings of each Committee during each academic term.
As far as possible, meetings take place at 5.30 pm on Mondays.
The Corporation, the Board, has a membership of up to twenty Governors, including parent, staff and student Governors who are responsible for:
- The determination and periodic review of the educational character and mission of the College and oversight of its activities
- Approving the quality strategy of the College
- Ensuring the effective and efficient use of resources, the solvency of the College and the Corporation, and safeguarding their assets
- 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 and the Clerk to the Corporation
- Setting a framework for the pay and conditions of all other staff
The Instrument and Articles of Governance for the College is the constitutional document which sets out the framework of governance.
Governors have other policies and codes which set out the way they must conduct their business. These documents are listed on the Governance Links tab.
We are looking to recruit innovative and committed individuals who share our vision for high quality, holistic education to become Governors at Richard Huish College
The role of a College Governor is concerned with driving issues at strategic level. You will bring an outside perspective to the running of the College, supporting and challenging by asking what, why, how and when of our Senior Leadership Team. Governors use their own professional skills and life experience, in complement with those of college staff, to ensure that Huish continues to provide exceptional education for our local and regional community and is able to be agile and responsive to current and future needs.
We especially want to hear from individuals who have roots in our community and who value the work we do with young people and adults. At Huish, we want our Board to represent a diverse range of groups from within our local and regional community and welcome applications from individuals from all backgrounds. With regards to professional skills sets we would, at this time, be especially interested to hear from people with experience and expertise in:
- Higher Education
- Health & Social Care
- Public Sector
- Environmental work
To make an application or get more information about the role please contact firstname.lastname@example.org Clerk to the Governing Body.
- Richard Huish College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people.
- Governors require a criminal record background check via the Disclosure and Barring Service.
- We actively promote equal opportunities and welcome applications from all sections of the community.
- Standing Orders of the Corporation 2019
- How We Listen to the Voice of Students and Staff
- Committee Membership 2018-19
- Committees Terms of Reference 2018-19
- Members Report and Financial Statements July 2018
- Members Report and Financial Statements July 2019
- Members Report and Financial Statements July 2020
- Instrument and Articles of Government for Sixth Form Colleges
- Public Access Statement 2016
- Corporation Complaints Procedure
For more information please contact Bettina Walker (Clerk to the Corporation and Trustees) on Bettinaw@richuish.ac.uk.
All Governance minutes are available to read. You may find that the latest meetings will not publish minutes until they have been ratified at the following meeting so there is a delay in publication.
- 21 September 2020 Corporation Minutes
- 7 December 2020 Corporation Minutes
- 5 February 2021 Corporation Minutes
- 29 March 2021 Corporation Minutes
- 17 May 2021 Corporation Minutes
- 5 July 2021 Corporation Minutes
Audit Committee Minutes
- 9 November 2020 Audit Committee Minutes
- 19 April 2021 Audit Committee Minutes
- 25 May 2021 Audit Committee Minutes
- 22 June 2021 Audit Committee Minutes
Finance and General Purposes Committee Minutes
- 2 November 2020 FGP Committee Minutes
- 9 November 2020 FGP Committee Minutes
- 25 January 2021 FGP Committee Minutes
- 2 March 2021 FGP Committee Minutes
- 4 May 2021 FGP Committee Minutes
- 21 June 2021 FGP Committee Minutes
Personnel Committee Minutes
Governance and Search Committee Minutes
- 12 October 2020 Governance and Search Committee Minutes
- 12 January 2021 Governance and Search Committee Minutes
- 8 March 2021 Governance and Search Committee Minutes
- 24 May 2021 Governance and Search Minutes
Academic Planning and Quality Committee
- 8 September 2020 APQ Minutes
- 10 November 2020 APQ Minutes
- 18 January 2021 APQ Minutes
- 23 March 2021 APQ Minutes
- 28 June 2021 APQ Minutes
If you have a governance minutes query contact us on email@example.com.