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Governor/Member of the Governing Body City College Southampton

City College Southampton wishes to appoint additional Independent Board Members (Governors) with senior leadership experience and a passion for education and skills. Applicants will appreciate the contribution the College makes to its community and share the Board’s ambition to enable the College to deliver successfully for the benefit of its learners, staff and the local community.

  • Location: Southampton, Hampshire
  • Salary: Unremunerated

City College Southampton Campus

About the role

Independent Governors are responsible as part of the Board for setting the strategic direction of City College Southampton.

The Board is responsible for the educational character of the College, it is accountable for its financial health, its sound management and the quality of the services provided. The Board is accountable for the proper use of the public funds entrusted to it.

City College must be able to respond to changes in direction of government policy and anticipate changing needs in its communities and amongst employers and stakeholders. The board of governors is actively involved in reviewing the role of the College and in planning and managing change. This strategic planning is crucial to the long-term health and success of the College. The strategic direction of the College’s development should inform the decisions of the Board in exercising its powers.

Who we're looking for

Recognising the College’s ambitious strategy to provide excellent career-focused learning which prepares our students and apprentices to succeed at work and in life, the College seeks to engage Independent Board Members (Governors) with senior-level leadership experience and a passion for education.  You will bring a strong connection to the city and an understanding of the impact that vocational education contributes to Southampton, its communities and employers.

This should be underpinned with a track record of strong strategic leadership in one or more of the following areas of expertise or sectors:

  • HR and or organisational development
  • Finance
  • Commercial property
  • School or college senior leadership
  • Legal
  • Public sector
  • Health and care

This is a fantastic opportunity to join an ambitious Governing Board, determined to make a positive impact on the College, its learners, and the wider community. You will support the development of and influence the direction of Southampton City College, in being recognised as first choice for career-focused education in the area and outstanding in all that it does.

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

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

Shaun Eden | shaun@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07951 509128

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If you would like to know more about this role please contact Sarah Atkins-Boal

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Welcome from the Chair of the Board

Dear candidate,

Thank you for your interest in joining the Board of City College Southampton.

City College Southampton is recognised as providing essential education and training to the city of Southampton. The College makes a huge difference to the career prospects and life experiences of all our students and apprentices. We have a wide range of learners studying vocational and technical courses – young people completing their education; apprentices starting out at work and adults returning to improve their life and career chances. We work with hundreds of employers across the city to ensure our courses meet their needs and we work with a strong network of agencies and charities to give our learners all the support they need to be successful.

We are currently revising the governance arrangements of the College and for this reason, we need to add several new governors to our existing Board.  New appointees will be joining a Board with a wide range of different skills and experience from business, education and the public sector.  All of our governors believe in enabling others to develop and to achieve their full potential and have a commitment to the future success of Southampton and the Solent region.

I’ve been a governor at City College Southampton for 5 years and Chair since 2017.  Being a governor at the college requires enthusiasm, time and commitment – but I can genuinely say that it has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life, being part of an organisation that makes a positive impact on so many people’s lives, the team-spirit engendered within the Board and with the Senior Management Team, and the sense of purpose in shaping the skills provision for our community for the next generation.

Geraint Davies


City College Southampton 2021 Awards Evening

About the College

City College Southampton is located in the centre of Southampton and is celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2022, having first been opened in 1952. It specialises in delivering professional, technical, and creative career-focused education for students and apprentices from the age of 16 up.

Our courses teach young people to prepare for their future and to be ready for their next step, whether that is into an apprenticeship, into university or into full-time work. Our courses develop adults’ skills to improve their career prospects or to retrain into a new career and in doing so we provide employers with the skilled workforce that they need to be successful and productive organisations.

The courses offered respond to the priorities of the city of Southampton and to the wider Solent LEP.  The College has particular specialisms in Health, Hospitality, Culture, Civil Engineering and Construction, Engineering and Marine.

We educate and train around 3,500 people a year

  • 1000 are young people on Study Programmes
  • 2300 are adults taking part-time courses
  • 400 are apprentices
  • 200 are studying university-level courses

The college has a well-equipped, modern campus and a specialist Marine Skills Centre. The campus was substantially rebuilt between 2005 to 2011.

The College offers a wide range of Study Programme, Access and part-time FE provision from entry-level to level 4 and it delivers apprenticeship standards at Intermediate and Advanced levels.

The College offers part-time higher education courses to mature adult students through HNCs, HNDs and degrees.  The College’s long-term higher education partners are the University of Portsmouth and Middlesex University.

Student profile

Study Programme students travel from all areas of the city and surrounding areas, however, the student cohort is more disadvantaged than is average for a General Further Education (GFE) college and other local colleges:

  • 64% live in the 3 lowest bands of multiple deprivation, resulting in 40% receiving financial support (only 5% live in the 3 wealthiest bands)
  • 50% (approx.) experienced digital poverty due to a lack of sufficient access to technology at home
  • 59% of Study Programme students had not achieved English and/or maths at Grade 4 in GCSE, in the lower quartile for all colleges for prior attainment

As a result of this profile, the College’s curriculum offer is planned to give a strong offer at Level 2 or below and to enable progression through the levels.

The Adult cohort of students also has a high % of students who come from the more disadvantaged areas of the city, with 53% living in the 3 lowest bands of multiple deprivations. Southampton’s adult population has a low level of qualification:

  • 5% of Southampton residents have L4+ qualifications – 5% lower than the national average
  • Adults 15% have only Level 1 or no qualification

The city has a large population where English is an additional language

  • 7% of households where no one has English as a main language (4.4% England)
  • 12% population where English is an additional language
  • 24% of residents aged 25 to 34 have English as an additional language
  • In 2011 Polish the was most common main language other than English

Reflecting the needs of adult learners, the College maintains a full ESOL and Adult English and maths offer and a ladder of progression in areas such as AAT and Counselling. Stakeholder engagement is strong with regular engagement with employers, the Chamber of Commerce, LEP, key industry groups and the City Council to ensure that the College’s offer is aligned to the needs of the area.


City College Southampton is committed to ensuring equal access where possible:

  • We have step-free access to the building, accessible workstations (e.g. desk, office), and step-free access to all key meeting rooms and toilets.
  • Accessibility dogs are welcomed.
  • Papers and materials can be presented in different formats if needed.

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

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

    Shaun Eden | shaun@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07951 509128

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    Closing date: Monday 16th May 2022

    Candidates informed: Friday 20th May 2022

    Interviews: Tuesday 24th May and Wednesday 25th May 2022

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