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College Governors | St Charles Catholic Sixth Form College

Are you passionate about opportunities for people in your community? Are you keen to contribute to the work of your local College? Then you may be interested to join our Governing Body.

  • Location: Kensington and Chelsea
  • Salary: Unremunerated

About St Charles Catholic Sixth Form College:

St Charles Catholic Sixth Form College is for the community and welcomes students of all faith backgrounds or none. They work closely with the Diocese of Westminster and their ethos is built on high quality relationships defined by Catholic values, which have the person and teaching of Christ at the centre. The College is especially proud of its commitment to inclusivity.

The College is based on a single campus in North Kensington within the borough of Kensington and Chelsea. The College has around 1,000 students from across most London boroughs with an annual income of £7m and employs around 100 people.

St Charles offers an impressive range of courses with A level and vocational subjects that allow students to tailor a personal programme of study. As well as academic courses, they offer a wide range of enrichment activities including sport, performances, trips, and charity events.


“The College’s mission is to enable all its students to achieve their greatest potential, inspiring them to wisdom, compassion, and leadership in service to others. They aim to achieve this in a community defined by Catholic values which has the person and teaching of Christ at its centre.”

Quality Improvement Plan 2020-2021:

In January 2020, Ofsted assessed the College as ‘Requires improvement’ but recognised the improvements which had already taken place since the appointment of the new Principal, Martin Twist, in August 2019. To drive further improvement, Martin and the Senior Leadership Team have implemented a Quality Improvement Plan, overseen by the Corporation Board with a vision to be one of the best performing colleges nationally.

The Plan includes an increase in academic and vocational targets and student achievements; a broad and balanced curriculum that meets the needs of each student; consistently good teaching and learning; promoting a culture of person character development and a positive contribution to society, and for every student to receive high quality work-related learning opportunities.

For leadership and management, the Plan objectives include a clear management system for the strategic development of the College and a Strategic Plan that fulfils the mission of the College as approved by the Governing Body; supporting senior and middle leaders to improve the quality of teaching and learning and raising student outcomes through effective staff training; implementing a new internal management accounting format to monitor the financial health of the College and safeguard its future; have an effective and well-trained governing body who hold the leadership to account and support the drive to improve student outcomes, and establish positive links with the wider community of St Charles Square and the local and neighbouring boroughs.

The Governing Body

Governors have a responsibility to preserve and develop the educational character, the quality of the College, its services to the community and the objectives of the Trustees of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Westminster. They bring independent judgement to issues of strategy, performance, resources and standards of conduct. They are provided with regular and timely information on the overall financial performance of the College together with other information such as performance against funding targets, proposed capital expenditure, academic achievements, quality matters and personnel related matters such as health and safety and environmental issues.

All Governors need to act in line with the Nolan Principles of public life (selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership) and have a responsibility to contribute to the educational character, academic direction, strategic planning and mission of the College, as well as having oversight of its business, financial health, risk and reputation. The day-to-day responsibility of the College is delegated to the Principal who is responsible for reporting to the Governing Body.

The Governing Body is made up of 11 Foundation Governors who are active members of the local Catholic community and appointed by the diocese of Westminster; up to two co-opted Governors; two staff; two students; two parents and the Principal of the College. Governors come from the local and wider community and bring a range of experience and skills to the Corporation Board and College.

The Governing Body meets four to five times per year (early evening) and there are four committees covering: Pay and Personnel; Standards, Quality, & Catholicism; Finance and Premises and Audit which meet up to four times per year.

About the Roles – Foundation and co-opted Governors:

As the College is a designated Catholic Institution, the majority of appointments to the Governing Body are for Foundation Governors and are endorsed by the Archdiocese of Westminster. Nominations for co-opted Governors are approved by the Governing Body. Both Governors have equal responsibility and voting rights.

In order for the College to be an exceptional provider of sixth form education, they need an active, highly effective and committed Board to provide support and challenge to help reach objectives as efficiently and effectively as possible.

They now seek to appoint up to four Governors who will have a strong commitment to the College’s mission and values and can help make a real impact in the communities served by the College. They are looking to complement the experience and skills of existing Governors, so are seeking people who bring significant experience of strategic educational and commercial leadership skills at board level. Experience of good governance and being part of a high performing board would also be beneficial. In particular, they need people with a strong understanding of post 16+ education who can provide high-quality support and effective challenge to the College’s Senior Leadership Team.

Time Commitment

The time commitment is around one day per month and is based on four key board meetings per year and participation in a committee which meets up to four times a year. Additionally, there will be involvement in visiting and attending events at the College, representing the College externally, reading and preparation and any other project or ad hoc activities. The term of office is four years and can be extended for a further three terms.

Further information

To discuss the role further, please contact: Liz Holderness | 07872 031079| liz@peridotpartners.co.uk

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    Recruitment Timetable

    Closing date: 12 noon, Monday 15th March 2021
    Interviews: w/c Monday 22nd March 2021
    Appointment: by Wednesday 31st March 2021

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