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Governors Strode College

Join the Corporation at Strode College and support the delivery of excellent educational experiences at a college that is dedicated to creating opportunities that transform lives through learning.

  • Location: Somerset
  • Salary: Unremunerated, with reasonable expenses paid

About Strode College

Strode College is an Ofsted Good rated college, offering outstanding teaching in a welcoming and supportive environment.

We believe that every individual, no matter what their starting point, has the potential to achieve great things. We encourage all our students to be ambitious and believe they can succeed. We help them to realise their potential, maximise results and achieve success. This ethos runs through everything we do.

We offer a wide range of high quality education and training to the local community. Our Sixth Form has an outstanding reputation nationally for the exceptional progress that our students make. This means they are well prepared for future success, and we are incredibly proud of what our students go on to do after Strode College.

We also offer high quality, local and affordable higher education. This quality has been recently externally validated by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education with a Silver Award in Teaching Excellence Framework.

As a local College that is focused on supporting the local community, we provide a wide range of adult courses. These include professional programmes for people looking to upskill within their current place of work or seek new skills for future careers and job opportunities.

The College provides specialist work-based training in the form of apprenticeships and work related professional qualifications. Our dedicated Employer Engagement team works closely with local businesses to support them to meet their workforce development needs, translating this into a comprehensive training programme and helping source new apprentices.

Our Vision: To deliver outstanding education and training that enables students to realise their ambitions, fulfil their potential and achieve great things.

Our Mission: Transforming Lives Through Learning

Equality and diversity

We are committed to equality and treating people with dignity and respect. We value the diversity of our students and staff and recognise that difference brings strength to our community.

‘We believe that the College should be a safe and vibrant environment for all’

Our aim is to strengthen relationships and create a community where everyone feels they belong. We provide an environment which responds to different needs and which fosters a caring and supportive atmosphere where all students can fulfil their potential.


Peridot Partners and Strode 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 consultant at Peridot Partners:

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

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About the role of Governor

Strode College values the breadth of experience and skills of its governors and recognises the contribution they make to the success of the College. We would also like our governors to feel that the role they fill is rewarding and satisfying.

The Governing Body have a shared corporate responsibility and are expected to contribute their professional, general management and life skills to the Corporation in a non-executive role. This is expected in compliance with the Instrument and Articles of Government, Standing Orders and Code of Conduct and any other related governance policies and procedures.

As a collective group of independent members, our Board is responsible for the quality of service that the College offers to students and the local community, as well as approving and monitoring the College’s annual budget. Our committed and experienced Board is comprised of people who present a range of career backgrounds and specialist industry alongside sector knowledge.

We ask that new Governors become members of both the Board and at least one other committee, depending on their specialist knowledge and interests. In addition to attending scheduled meetings throughout the year, we encourage Governors to experience the College by linking them with senior managers and different departments, providing opportunities for them to visit the campuses and meet and speak with students and staff.

The Governors’ central role is to set the strategic direction of the College and to monitor progress in achieving the strategic objectives. All Governors are required to abide by the Board’s Code of Conduct, which is based on the seven principles of public life (the ‘Nolan’ principles): selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.

Who we are looking for

Governor (Education)

We are looking for an experienced educational professional, with a key focus on student experience, curriculum development, quality processes, teaching and learning as well as apprenticeships. You would also need to focus on assessment and continual, sustainable improvements in practice to enable progression within and beyond college.

Governor (Local Business Professional)

We are looking for an experienced business leader and welcome applications from senior leaders and entrepreneurs who are currently based within a local employer in the Somerset region.


What matters most is that Governors are passionate about our mission, enthusiastic about joining Strode College, and are keen to contribute to our future success.

This is a fantastic opportunity to join an ambitious and successful Governing Board and make a genuine impact on the future success of Strode College and its students. You will support the development and influence the direction of the College at a time of great momentum as we seek to grow the organisation and aspire to provide outstanding, meaningful education opportunities for students across the local and wider communities.

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

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

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

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

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    Closing date: Monday 29th January 2024
    Interviews: Wednesday 7th February 2024

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