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Foundation Governor St Brendan’s Sixth Form College

Join the dedicated non-executive board of St Brendan’s Sixth Form College and apply your experience in leadership and management to advance the mission of our college, which is rooted in Catholic faith, for the benefit of our diverse student body.

  • Location: Bristol
  • Salary: Unremunerated

St. Brendan’s Sixth Form College is the only college of its type in Bristol. We are proud of our positive reputation for inclusion, high standards, and social mobility. We provide an environment where students from a variety of backgrounds and communities can come together to learn and develop themselves.

We are a hugely ambitious sixth form college with high aspirations for our students. Our Board of Governors is looking to appoint a Foundation Governor who can share in our ambition and apply their specialist knowledge to the development of our Board and its role in overseeing our new strategic plan.

As a designated institution operating under a Trust Deed established by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Clifton, we are looking for people of Catholic faith with skills, knowledge, and experience gained from businesses and social organisations in and around the Bristol region.

Who we are

Guided by our mission and values, we are a welcoming and transformative sixth form college where every member of our community flourishes and achieves their full potential.

Our mission is to serve the Catholic and wider community by providing sixth form education of the highest quality, and to act in the spirit of the Gospel believing that every person is loved by God and has a unique value.

Our values:

  • Integrity
  • Dignity
  • Truth
  • Justice
  • Forgiveness
  • Compassion
  • Service

As the only sixth form college in the area, we have a lot to offer our students. Our self-contained campus and state-of-the-art buildings provide a unique community feel. With over sixty subjects at Levels 2 and 3 to choose from, our highly skilled teachers specialise in post-16 education, delivering excellent teaching and learning.

We are investing in our estate and developing a new strategic plan which is being finalised by our Board of Governors in collaboration with our Principal and her senior leadership team. We have an excellent reputation locally and nationally, evidenced by the number of applications received and student recruitment despite growing competition. Maintaining quality is essential for our success and if we are to attract students and further develop stakeholder relationships.

Through our team of 180 committed employees, we support the teaching, training, and personal development of our diverse student body. Only 53% of our students come from the city of Bristol, with others coming from further afield, the surrounding counties and neighbouring towns. The majority of our students are enrolled in full-time courses, and 55% of students progressed into higher education last year – a figure which increases year-on-year. When considering 28% of students come to us from areas of economic deprivation, we’re incredibly proud of the progress they make with us. This also includes the large numbers of students who are looked after (in care), have high needs or have special education needs and disabilities.

Last year, we were shortlisted in the ‘School/College of the Year’ category in the recent UK Social Mobility Awards (SOMOs), where St. Brendan’s was recognised and celebrated for our efforts to improve social mobility for our staff and our students.

About the role

The Board of Governors is the non-executive body of St. Brendan’s Sixth Form College. Together, we take responsibility for the strategic development, financial position, and academic character of the organisation. We work closely with the Principal and her senior leadership team and provide constructive support and challenge through discussions and the appraisal of reports, all with our mission and core purpose in mind.

Governors contribute through attending meetings of the Board and its committees:

  • Audit Committee
  • Ethos, Safeguarding & Welfare Committee
  • Resources, Premises & HR Committee
  • Strategy, Search & Remuneration Committee
  • Teaching, Curriculum & Quality Committee

At meetings, the Principal and her senior team share reports and updates on strategic developments. Governors are asked to make important decisions relating to the character, culture, and organisational development of the College. To support them in doing this well, there are numerous opportunities throughout the year where governors are welcomed into the College to meet with staff and students and experience what life is like as an employee or student of St. Brendan’s.

The Board of Governors meets six times per year, comprising five board meetings and a governor planning day. It is often the case that appointed governors also give their time to at least one of the committees, of which there are between three and six meetings each academic year.

We offer a flexible approach to meeting attendance and, where it is not always possible to attend in person, governors can use virtual means to attend.

Who we are looking for

Following recent changes to the Board of Governors, through terms of office ending and a recent recruitment round, we have identified the need to appoint a new Foundation Governor, who will contribute their expertise in leadership or management alongside sharing in our Catholic faith.

The new Foundation Governor’s appointment will be approved by the Diocese of Clifton for an initial four-year period. The person appointed should have the capacity to devote the necessary time and energy to the role by preparing for and attending meetings, making visits to the College for celebration events, and meeting with staff and students.

Peridot Partners and St Brendan’s Sixth Form College are, together, committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and our client expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be subject to an enhanced DBS check and satisfactory references before any final offer can be made.

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

Drew Richardson-Walsh | drew@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07739 364033

Chloe Cox | chloe@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07539 386980

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Accessibility information

We understand that different members of the community have different access needs, and have made some modifications to the way we do business in order to accommodate people from diverse communities and abilities. We offer the following amenities:

  • Step-free access to the building, all key meeting rooms and bathrooms, and an accessible workstation.
  • Accessibility dogs are welcome.
  • Interviews can be held in meeting rooms that support hearing loops.
  • Papers and materials can be presented in different formats.
  • A sign language interpreter can be accessed for interviews.
  • Working patterns and locations can be adjusted.

Applicants with a disability are invited to contact us in confidence at any point during the recruitment process to discuss steps that could be taken to overcome operational difficulties presented by the role, or if any adjustments or support are required regarding the recruitment process.

For further information or to organise a conversation, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Drew Richardson-Walsh | drew@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07739 364033

Chloe Cox | chloe@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07539 386980

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

    Drew Richardson-Walsh | drew@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07739 364033

    Chloe Cox | chloe@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07539 386980

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    Closing date: 12 p.m. Monday 20th November 2023
    Candidates informed of outcome: By 4 p.m. on Friday 24th November 2023
    Interviews: Monday 4th December 2023

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