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Trustee Governor – Safeguarding New College Worcester

Set on a picturesque campus with views of the Malvern Hills, New College Worcester is a unique education provider with big ambitions for their future. Following the successful recruitment of board members in 2022, the College now seek to appoint a further trustee governor who can help to shape and support their provision.

  • Location: Worcester, Worcestershire
  • Salary: Voluntary
  • Closing date: Rolling applications

New College Worcester is a unique college, delivering education to young people who are blind or vision impaired (VI) in a beautiful, rural setting to the southwest of Worcester.

Our college has a long and proud history. Initially established in 1886, we moved to our current site over a century ago. Today, the College welcomes students from across the country. As a provider of both day and residential education, the majority of students attend from outside of the immediate, local area.

Due to this ‘national catchment area’, the college works hard to foster a sense of community and is very proud of success in relation to this. It is this sense of ‘feeling like family’ which is frequently described by staff, students, and parents/carers alike, that is one of the keys to our success.

Senior Leaders and Governors have worked tirelessly to ensure that the College has the appropriate mix of education and curriculum knowledge coupled with expertise relating to visual impairments and safeguarding to create a successful, ambitious and safe learning environment for their students.

The College currently delivers a curriculum almost identical to that provided in a mainstream setting, from Years 7 to 13 – including GCSE’s and A Levels. There is an additional focus on independent living skills, mobility, accessibility technology, braille, and a keen focus on extra-curricular opportunities. The College has a lot of success in relation to academic attainment with many going on to higher and further education, but to New College Worcester, success isn’t just about grades or pass rates. Whilst these are of course important, success to New College Worcester means ensuring their young people are appropriately prepared to live independent, happy and fruitful lives once their education is complete.

At present, the college currently has 75 students enrolled with additional capacity for a further small number. Alongside the continuous quality improvement processes relating to education, the College have ambitious plans for the future. There is a desire to expand and modernise accommodation to increase capacity whilst adapting and developing the wider site more generally.

In 2022, we appointed our Principal, Rachel Perks, who, along with her SLT and our Board has led us through a period of transformational change resulting in our recent Residential Ofsted grade of Good in May earlier this year. We have also recently experienced some changes within our Board, with Pat Dyson succeeding Diana Fulbrook as Chair following years of dedicated service. With other governors departing us as they came to the ends of their terms of office, we have successfully implemented our succession planning. To complete this process, we now seek to appoint a new Trustee Governor to join our Residential Care & Safeguarding Committee (RCSC).

Who we're looking for

The safety and wellbeing of our students is always our priority. We believe that if our students feel cared for, respected and safe, then they will be able to thrive from both educational and social development perspectives. As such, we set very high standards for ourselves and need to ensure that as a college we are scrutinising and challenging our own processes in this regard. Scrutiny and challenge are also welcomed from our Trustee Governors who dedicate their time to ensuring that we are on the right path as an organisation.

To this end, we seek to appoint a new member to our Residential Care & Safeguarding Committee (RCSC) to support us in continuing to offer high quality education in a setting where our learners are safe and suitably cared for – where the safeguarding and wellbeing is paramount. The appointed candidate will also be a member of our full board.

This new member could have a range of experience. We will be welcoming applications from individuals who have experience in the safeguarding of young people, and the delivery of high-quality residential care as well as those with experience working with young people from a health and social care perspective. We also welcome applications from people with a visual impairment.

Candidates will need to be able to demonstrate an up-to-date knowledge of relevant policies and practice. Experience does not need to have been gained in a formal education setting.

It is expected that all governors would need to dedicate around 10 hours per month to the role. All meetings of the governing body and its sub-committees currently take place during the college day.


Peridot Partners and New College Worcester 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:

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

Dan Baxter | dan@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07939 994524

If you would like to know more about this role please contact Chloe Cox

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Welcome from the Chair of Governors

I am delighted that you are considering applying for the role of a Trustee Governor at New College Worcester (NCW).

Being a national college and unique in its offer for blind and vision impaired (VI) children, NCW offers a unique opportunity to use your skills and experience in a very special environment. You will be joining a strong board of people from different backgrounds all of whom are passionate in our aim to be a centre of excellence for blind and VI young people. Most had little experience of this when they joined but quickly saw how special the college community is.

Like all educational establishments, we operate in challenging times and the board has been working with the senior leadership team to plan a new phase of development for NCW to sustain its long-term future. A 5-year rolling strategic plan is reviewed annually, and we have three strategic priorities:

 

  • Students make excellent progress.
  • Safeguarding is effective and residential care is outstanding.
  • Secure a sustainable future for NCW.

The College is a charity, a company and a school, and the skills and experience of the trustee governors reflect these areas of responsibility. It is a residential establishment so care, safeguarding and the development of independent living skills are a central part of community life. Staff and trustee governors are passionate about providing the very best for students in preparation for adulthood and meeting individual need is at the forefront of provision.

Whilst NCW is a niche college for the blind and VI, with some also having complex needs, it is primarily for more able children. We believe we have a potentially exciting future and would love to hear from those attracted to joining us in the challenges ahead.

Pat Dyson
Chair of Governing Body

About New College Worcester

New College Worcester (NCW) is an independent national residential college for young people aged 11 to 19 who are blind or vision impaired. It has been in existence for over 150 years in various forms and is now a non-maintained special school. At NCW it is our aim to ensure there are no barriers to success for any child with a vision impairment. The combination of tailored learning, extra-curricular experiences and the immense support offered by staff and peers means that every child has the opportunity to achieve their very best potential.

New College Worcester provides:

  • Academic focus for students with a vision impairment aged 11-19 years
  • Expert subject teachers qualified to teach vision impaired students
  • A ‘Waking Day’ curriculum – learning doesn’t stop at the end of the school day
  • An individualised approach for every student and very small class sizes
  • An ethos which puts students first
  • A robust safeguarding environment
  • Increased student employability through academic achievement and social skills
  • High aspirations for every student
  • Outreach Service offering training and advice to mainstream settings
  • Work experience, internships and careers guidance
  • A transcription service to ensure all learning materials are individualised for each student

We pride ourselves on:

  • Providing opportunities for the academically gifted students
  • Maximising educational outcomes for all children and young people with a vision impairment
  • Fitting each student with skills for life that result in them being independent, self-confident and able to lead productive and fulfilled lives

The college accepts students with a broad variety of vision impairments and some students have additional needs such as a hearing impairment, autism or have limited mobility. Places are usually funded by the student’s Local Authority.

NCW Students have a wide range of academic ability following the National Curriculum at Key Stage 3, following onto GCSEs and AS/A2 courses. The College offers some entry level and vocational courses in key stage 4 and 5 and some 6th formers follow vocational programmes at a local college supported by NCW staff. Students also have Independent Living Skills (ILS), Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Mobility, Braille and PE lessons, and some students follow ASDAN courses (personal, social and communication skills).

There are currently 75 students enrolled and most of whom stay as full or weekly boarders, with a few attending daily. There is separate accommodation for those in the sixth form and some sixth-formers stay for a third year to consolidate their learning and independence skills.

Additional information

Further information can be found by clicking on the links below:

Accessibility

Employer statement

The Equality and Diversity policy outlines the commitment of the staff, students and governors of New College Worcester (NCW) to ensure that equality of opportunity is available to all members of the college community. For NCW, this means not simply treating everybody the same but understanding and tackling the different barriers which could lead to unequal outcomes for different groups of students in college, whilst celebrating and valuing the achievements and strengths of all members of the college community.

Our accessibility provisions include:

  • 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.
  • A sign language interpreter can be accessed for an interview.
  • Working patterns / working locations can be adjusted.
  • Examples of reasonable adjustments and EDI statistics regarding the diversity of our workforce are available to be shared.

If you have any further needs around accessibility, please get in touch with the advising consultant for a confidential chat on how we can best fulfil your needs.


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

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

Dan Baxter | dan@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07939 994524

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