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Governors West Suffolk College

We are seeking to engage strategic leaders from the local area to support the board of West Suffolk College in their journey to bring success and recognition of the value of further and higher education in society.

  • Location: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
  • Salary: Reasonable expenses paid
  • Closing date: 9 a.m. Tuesday 27th February

About West Suffolk College

West Suffolk College (WSC) is an award-winning large further education college in Bury St Edmunds. The college operates across the east of England (Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, and Essex) and has local learning centres in Haverhill, Sudbury, Ipswich, Chatteris and Thetford.

The college delivers inspirational, high-quality vocational and technical education (including T-Level courses) across a broad range of programmes, from pre-entry to graduate level to serve our dispersed rural community. Apart from 16- 18 year olds the college also educates 7000 adults (a mixture of whom were studying to improve their career prospects, to gain formal higher education qualifications, and/or pursue their interests and passion for learning).

The college sponsors Suffolk Academies Trust, a nationally recognised multi-academy trust specialising in post-16 education in the east of England. The Trust currently has two Ofsted outstanding colleges, One Sixth Form in Ipswich and Abbeygate Sixth form in Bury Saint Edmunds.

Together, they operate inextricably both strategically and operationally as the Eastern Education Group and are the largest provider of sixth form education in the east of England, with in excess of 7,000 16-18 students annually.

The whole Eastern Education Group is known locally and nationally as the centre of outstanding education and has a vision to provide world-class, inspirational lifelong education for our students, employers, and the region to drive prosperity and well-being for all in our communities.

The Eastern Education Group is proud to be a systems leader and our staff work extensively with businesses, nurseries, primary and secondary schools, sixth forms, universities, and other education partners to share best practice and to provide students with the best opportunities at every stage of their education, to inspire them and improve their future prospects.

We are immensely proud of our passionate and talented staff who are inspired to work here because of our outstanding reputation for excellence, and thanks to their commitment and dedication, we are growing and evolving to better serve our students, employers, the region and beyond.

Most importantly, we enjoy a deep-rooted culture of putting our students and their success at the heart of everything we do.

Our method for continually achieving this ambition is to focus on our three pillars of success:

  • The first is that of ‘Connections’, using our excellent sustainable multi-partner collaborations, including those with leading local and national employers, to ensure our students’ opportunities are maximised.
  • The second pillar is ‘Qualifications’, focused on tailoring our provision to each individual student so their path is as inspiring, efficient and direct as possible.
  • Thirdly, we believe that there are eight ‘Character Strengths’ which are present in every truly successful individual: Resilience, Optimism, Curiosity, Confidence, Ownership, Self-Control, Ambition and Respect.

We work to instil the importance of every one of these characteristics in ourselves and our students so that employers, universities and, most importantly, the students themselves, can fully realise what remarkable things they are capable of achieving.

In addition to these pillars of success, we believe in giving the right support to our students, from financial, for course materials, to welfare support for activities inside and outside the college.

It is our duty to our students to provide the best educational experience. They never cease to amaze me with their determination and willingness to strive for, and exceed, what we expect of them.

Peridot Partners and West Suffolk 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 candidates 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 consultant at Peridot Partners:

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

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Role Description

The successful candidates will bring experience at a strategic level in areas specific to further education — curriculum and quality, higher education or audit and risk management.

The appointed Governor(s) will provide expertise in their area, providing advice and guidance and most importantly supportive challenge.

Working collegiately with the senior management team as a critical friend, Governors play an important role in helping guide the organisation to achieve the college’s strategy and objectives.

These roles offer a fantastic opportunity to join an ambitious and committed non-executive board and genuinely have an impact on the future success of the college and its students.

Working with the board you will help build on the forward-looking vision and strategy, ensuring the college continues to make a demonstrable and positive contribution to its communities.

The benefits:

  • Governors/board members are one of the biggest voluntary forces in the country making an essential contribution in improving opportunities for students — there are approximately 4500 governors in the college sector across the country.
  • The chance to shape and guide education provision in the Suffolk area.
  • An opportunity to use and develop existing skills in shaping strategic decisions, performance management and leadership.
  • Opportunities to meet and be exposed to a wide range of local stakeholders and employers in education, training and apprenticeships.

Governors must ensure they give sufficient time to their duties and undertake the role with rigour, enabling critique and support to the Principal and their senior leadership team.

Governors will influence decision-making and strategy in many ways, exercising the corporation’s powers and undertaking specific duties of:

  • Setting and communicating your college’s educational character, strategy and goals,
  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance and quality of your college, and for the performance of staff,
  • Exercising effective control to ensure that funds and assets are protected, and legal obligations are met.

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

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    Closing date: 9 a.m. Tuesday 27th February 2024
    Candidates informed of outcome: Wednesday 6th March 2024
    Interviews: Wednesday 13th March 2024

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