Hartlepool Sixth Form College

Governance

The Hartlepool Sixth Form College Corporation would like to welcome you to the Governance section of our website.

Becoming a Governor

In the following files you will find a general statement describing the Mission of the College, and various documents which are intended to give a flavour of the work of a governor. These documents include the data form which you would be asked to complete on election. Vacancies occur in our membership from time to time, and we are always interested in maintaining contact with persons who express an interest in becoming a governor; sometimes we can involve them as co-opted members of Committees in a kind of ‘waiting/training’ role.

If you are interested in helping the College in this way, please do not hesitate to contact the Clerk, David Stevenson, for further information at: david.stevenson@hpoolsfc.ac.uk, or by phone on 07973 934257.

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Becoming a Governor

Financial Information

Hartlepool Sixth Form College financial information and reports may be found in the files below.

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Financial Information

Governance Controls

The College is an independent organisation ultimately responsible for the satisfactory management of its own business activities. The governance of this, and other sixth form and further education colleges, is managed through a series of control documents, some of which come prescribed through Statutory Instruments, others of which are developed internally to address the duties and responsibilities of the Corporation, its Committees and its Members.

The Instrument & Articles of Government are a Statutory Instrument and therefore have the force of law. They set out the duties and responsibilities of the Corporation, and also delineate the strategic responsibilities of the Corporation and its Committees from the day-to-day operational management of the College by the Chief Executive and his staff.

Effectively funded as a public body, the Corporation sets for its members a standard of behaviour consistent with observing the principles of openness and fairness required in this sector. The College has therefore adopted and requires all of its members to sign a Code of Conduct.

The duties and responsibilities of each Committee are set out in its Terms of Reference, which are reviewed from time to time to ensure their currency and compliance.

Rules regarding the management of the College’s finances, which are scrutinised throughout each year by both internal and external audit processes, are set out in the Financial Regulations, which are also reviewed on an annual basis.

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Governance Controls
Committee Terms of Reference

Membership and Calendar

The Corporation of the College is made up of 20 members with the skills and experience relevant to overseeing the strategic development of the College. Apart from the statutory inclusion of staff and student members and a parent governor, as well as the Principal, membership of the Corporation is open to any persons appointed by the Board. Membership is usually for a period of four years in the first instance. Much of the detailed work of the Board is carried out in Committees. The documents below identify the membership of the Corporation, and of its Committees, and the dates on which they will meet in the current academic year.

Any further information can be sought from the Clerk to the Corporation, David Stevenson, at david.stevenson@hpoolsfc.ac.uk

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Membership and Calendar
Governor Pen Portraits

Minutes of Meetings

The Corporation of the College believes in open governance, and ensures that its Minutes are made available for public inspection by posting them on this website. Minutes are kept both for the Board and for its Committees, and they are filed on an academic year basis. Occasionally, due to the nature of the business, perhaps of a commercially sensitive nature, perhaps because it is personally sensitive, Minutes are not published if the Board has determined not to do so. Such decisions are recorded in the relevant Minutes, and are reviewed annually. Minutes of the Project Board and of the Remuneration Committee meetings are not published for these reasons.

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General Purpose Minutes
Board Minutes
Audit Minutes
Quality and Standards Minutes
Search and Governance Minutes