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Chair of the Board & Governors Hereward College

Join the board of Hereward College, a specialist further education college dedicated to improving the life opportunities of young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

  • Location: Coventry, West Midlands
  • Salary: Non-remunerated

To ensure that our SLT and wider staff team are supported in their continuous mission to deliver high-quality, individualised provision for our learners, support their families and retain our outstanding national reputation, we now seek to appoint a new Chair and additional governors to our board.

Set on a single campus in the Tile Hill area to the west of Coventry, Hereward College is a further education college which has been providing specialist education to learners with learning difficulties and disabilities since 1972.

Unlike many other colleges within the FE sector, we have a very specialist focus. Due to this, we have what could best be described as a national catchment and currently provide education and training to around 320 young people aged 16+ and employ 230 staff. Whilst our learners may have a physical disability, a communication disorder or other learning difficulty, the one thing they will all have in common is expert support from a team of dedicated staff who are passionate about specialist education and improving opportunities for young people.

“We have a really special atmosphere across the organisation. New staff, new governors and all of our visitors to the college, they all tell me how struck they are by the atmosphere and the way this place makes them feel.”

Paul Cook, Principal, Hereward College

Our learners study across a range of curriculum pathways through a breadth of levels and the college also provides valuable, additional opportunities such as access to work experience, career support and the chance to develop skills for independent living. We also manage a supported internship programme with a range of local partners, enabling our young people to gain experience in the workplace within a supported environment.

“What’s special about Hereward? It’s the uniqueness and the learners that we attract. Being able to observe their development and their individual journeys. You won’t see that journey anywhere else.”

Natalie Williams, current governor.

These new board members will offer additional insight and professional expertise to support and challenge our decision-making processes and ensure that as a college we are continuing to provide the best service possible to the communities which we serve.


Who we are looking for?

There is a golden thread that runs throughout our board, and that is a passion for improving the life chances and opportunities of our learners. This ethos is something that all candidates will need to possess.

Given the varied, yet specialist nature of our provision, we would welcome applications from individuals with experience gained from a range of appropriate professional backgrounds.

Chair of the Board 

Primarily, our new Chair should be someone with an understanding and knowledge of SEND; preferably within the contexts of further education, behaviour, safeguarding and/or social care. It will be important that the successful candidate can understand and support us within the landscape that we operate. Our new Chair should have previous governance and board experience having previously served as a committee chair or governor elsewhere.

Time commitments for our Chair, it is expected that the appointed candidate will need to dedicate no more than 1.5 days per month to the role.

“We are a solid community here. In joining Hereward, you will get a real personal experience of making a big difference.”

Simon Crick, current governor


Having completed an assessment of the skills and attributes of our current board, it would be useful if our additional new governors possessed similar yet complimentary skills and backgrounds; those linked to social care for young people, residential provision, legal frameworks and the related sector policy.

Candidates for these additional Governor roles do not necessarily need to have boardroom experience as we will support them with a full induction process. However, professional experience at a senior level will be important.

We are proud that our college is a hive of activity, where no day is the same, and where our staff and students create a community within itself. As such, we hope that our new Chair and governors will be those people who want to contribute to the wider Hereward experience and who have the time to be an active part of our vibrant college community.

In terms of time commitments for governors on our board, there is a need to dedicate not more than a day per month.

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Dan Baxter | dan@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07939 994524

Sarah Atkins-Boal | sarahs@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07841 017043

If you would like to know more about this role please contact Dan Baxter

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A message from the Chair of the Corporation and the Principal at Hereward College

Thank you for your interest in the exciting and fulfilling role of Governor on the Corporation of Hereward College.

Officially we are a general further education college. In reality, we are a unique provider welcoming all learners but with particular expertise in working with students with both simple and complex disabilities and providing individual support to meet learners’ needs. The provision also includes a residential offer. We place a strong focus on promoting individual achievement and have a reputation for providing an inclusive environment which enables all our students, whether residential or day students to fulfil their potential.

We provide a varied curriculum and place a strong emphasis on providing our students with the skills to make a successful transition to work and increase their independence, with results significantly above national averages for progression into employment.

The college is rated Good by Ofsted and has an ESFA financial health rating of Outstanding. The college is ambitious for its learners and is working so that all aspects of its provision are rated as outstanding.

Beyond the college, we have developed effective partnerships with a range of other organisations, including local authorities, other colleges, speciality disability organisations, and employers. We are proud of the value that we provide not only to students but also to the broader community and employers.

We recognise the difficulties of the FE landscape and are looking for governors who can support the college to both secure its position through current challenges whilst having aspirations for the future, seeking continual good performance, improvement, and innovation. You can be assured of strong support from Corporation colleagues; in return, you will have a demonstrable commitment to students with disabilities.

Ian Pursglove
Chair of the Corporation

Paul Cook MBE
Principal & CEO

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Dan Baxter | dan@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07939 994524

Sarah Atkins-Boal | sarahs@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07841 017043

About Hereward College

Hereward College is a general further education college that offers specialist provisions.

The college offers study programmes, learning experiences and work placement opportunities with high-profile employers for young people (aged 16 – 25) with complex disabilities and learning difficulties. This includes a residential offer. All of our learners have an education health and care plan and have a range of needs including autism, physical difficulties, profound and multiple learning difficulties, and complex disabilities.

Hereward College is a place that changes lives.

Our Mission

Hereward helps learners to make progress and realise their potential and ambitions. The creativity and skills of staff, working in partnership with the community and employers, ensure learners develop skills for life and work, achieve appropriate qualifications and develop safe and healthy lifestyles that prepare them for the future.

Our Vision

Each learner’s experience at Hereward College will prepare them for the next stage of their life, with outstanding employability skills and much greater control over their own future. Their growing independence and well-being will enable their talents to shine.

We are extremely proud of our many achievements, including being rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted and ‘Outstanding’ by the ESFA for Financial Health but there is so much more we want to achieve.

Our staff are passionate and committed to ensuring the best possible outcomes for the learners we serve, with the ambition and drive to raise these outcomes and aspirations of learners with SEN being recognised by other organisations, including national and regional employers.

We are learner-focused, with leadership and governance dedicated to an ambitious agenda for development and improvement.

Strategic Plan: looking ahead to 2024

Four strategic intentions support the journey towards outstanding delivery in the following areas:

  • Working in learner-centred structures.
  • Improving teaching, learning and assessment.
  • Delivering responsibilities in partnership.
  • Making the most of college resources.

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Dan Baxter | dan@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07939 994524

Sarah Atkins-Boal | sarahs@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07841 017043


Hereward College recognises the educational and business benefits of having a diverse community of staff and is working towards building and maintaining an environment which values and celebrates diversity. Equality of opportunity and diversity are embedded within the culture and values of the college.

We are also proudly part of Disability Confident and Mindful Employer.

Our accessibility provisions include:

  • Step-free access to the building, accessible workstations (e.g. desk, office), and step-free access to all key meeting rooms and toilets.
  • Papers and materials can be presented in different formats if needed.
  • A sign language interpreter can be accessed for an interview.
  • Working patterns/working locations can be adjusted.

If you have any further needs around accessibility, please get in touch with the advising consultants for a confidential chat on how we can best fulfil your needs:

Dan Baxter | dan@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07939 994524

Sarah Atkins-Boal | sarahs@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07841 017043

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    For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

    Dan Baxter | dan@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07939 994524

    Sarah Atkins-Boal | sarahs@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07841 017043

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    Closing date: 9 a.m. Wednesday 19th April 2023
    Candidates informed of outcome: Thursday 27th April 2023
    Interviews for Chair: Wednesday 3rd May 2023
    Interviews for Governors: Wednesday 10th May 2023

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