The Corporation (Governing Body) of Thomas Rotherham College needs members who can bring a variety of skills, experience and knowledge to the College in order for it to achieve its vision and mission and ensure the success of the College. 

The College was formed as a voluntary controlled Sixth Form College in 1967 but its origins date back to 1483 when the former Rotherham Grammar School for boys was founded by Thomas Rotherham, a local scholar who had risen to be Archbishop of York, Chancellor of England and Chancellor of Cambridge University. In 1890 the Grammar School moved to the building which now houses TRC; originally built in 1876 as a training College for ministers of the independent church.  Reorganisation of education and introduction of the comprehensive system in Rotherham post 1967 brought about a merger of local school sixth forms to create one of the first three Sixth Form Colleges in England; the College adopted the name of the founder of the town's original school. 

Judged as Good by Ofsted in January 2014, the College's overall strategy is to be

  • A 21st century college responding to the educational needs and aspirations of students who live in the most challenging times

  • En route to becoming one of the most successful colleges in England. 


The strategy sets out a route to the College becoming the most successful post 16 provider locally and one of the most successful regionally and nationally, and would like to fulfil a niche within the local education market.  TRC is the only Sixth Form College in Rotherham, providing a distinct setting from 11-18 schools and the two general further education colleges.


Role of the Governor

The work of the Corporation (Governing body) in respect to quality of provision, achievement, attainment and participation is central to the success of the College. The Corporation is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the College and for monitoring its performance.   We welcome expressions of interest from individuals from both public and private sector, and from time to time will seek individuals whose knowledge and expertise can be applied effectively to help improve the performance of the Corporation and the success of the College.


Governors work in a voluntary capacity, working together as a team to ensure that the College continues to meet the needs of the community it serves.


Time Commitment

There are usually six Corporation meetings in each academic year that start at 5:30pm and last around two hours.  There is also an annual strategic development event (Away day).  In addition to Corporation meetings, some Governors serve on one of the Committees of the Corporation. 


A programme of Governor induction, training and development is available to Governors through in house, local and regional events and linked wherever possible to the existing time commitment of Governors, such as a brief development session at the start of a Board or Committee meeting. The College is keen to keep the time commitment to a minimum to recognise family and work commitments.  


The Corporation has the following Committees:

  • Audit Committee

  • Governance and Search Committee

  • Remuneration Committee.


The Audit Committee meets three times a year. The Remuneration Committee meets up to twice a year to consider the performance, pay and conditions of senior post holders within the College and the Governance and Search Committee meets at least twice a year to deal with recruitment and selection of new Governors and governance matters.  Most of the Committee meetings commence at 5:30pm and last from one to two hours.


Appointment Process

Applications are made initially by submission of a CV to the Clerk.  All expressions of interest are considered by the Governance and Search Committee and prospective Governors who match the skills criteria are invited to attend a short interview with a panel of Governors.


Governors are appointed initially for a term of four years and are eligible for re-appointment at the end of their first term (maximum term of two years for student and parent governors). Reappointment is subject to review by the Corporation and is based on skills needs, experience, contribution and attendance.   


Training, Development and Support

On appointment, full support is provided to all Governors.  The induction programme is aimed to support Governors in their new role and to help them understand the College, its organisation structure, and the fiduciary and statutory responsibilities they have as a Governor.  The programme is tailored to meet individual interests and specialisms to allow new members to contribute quickly in applying their experience and knowledge to support the Corporation. 


The role of College Governor is a voluntary position and is unremunerated.  However expenses incurred as a result of attending meetings or other business connected with the role may be reimbursed.


We aim to establish a contact list of people interested in becoming a Governor when vacancies arise.   If you feel that you could contribute to the College's continuing success, we would like to hear from you.  The College is deeply committed to equality of opportunity and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.


You can obtain more information about the work and success of the College on and in the Governance section. 


For further information or an informal chat, please do not hesitate to contact the Clerk to the Corporation – Sue Martin, Tel 01709 300726 or email


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