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Governance Overview

Thomas Rotherham College is an independent Sixth Form College (SFC) Corporation, established under the Further and Higher Education Act 1992 (FHEA).  The composition of the Governing Body is laid down by the College's Instrument & Articles of Government. This is a legal document under the terms of the FHEA 1992 which incorporated the College and established the Governing Body as a legal entity, defining what the Governing Body and the College may do.

The Corporation comprises up to 4 Foundation Governors appointed by the Feoffees of the Common Lands of Rotherham, 2 staff members, 2 student members, 2 parent members and the Principal. In addition there can be up to 8 external members.  All Governors come from a range of backgrounds drawn from the community that the college serves.  The membership and composition of the governing body ensures that it has the benefit of views from both the local and the business community in addition to its students, staff and parents.  

The main business of the Corporation is to determine the educational character and mission of the College and to ensure its overall wellbeing.  The Corporation is responsible for the quality of service to its students and for their welfare; the financial health of the college, the proper use of public funds and for ensuring effective management.  It also has a responsibility for setting and monitoring targets for the retention and achievement of students, ensuring that students achieve their learning goals and enjoy their experience at the College.

The role of a Governor is voluntary and may be compared to that of a non–executive director of the board of a public company.   Whilst the Board of a company is accountable to its shareholders, the Corporation is accountable to the public – the community and stakeholders - and as such is responsible for making sure the funds it receives from the relevant funding body are used in accordance with the Financial Memorandum.  As such, both the College and the Corporation must have due regard to the educational policies of national government.

The skills and experience of individual governors are crucial to the success of the College and to ensure the mix of Governors is appropriate the Corporation reviews its balance of skills each year and when recruiting new Governors. 

If you are interested in joining the Corporation we would be pleased to hear from you.  Further information regarding the role and responsibilities of Governors and the commitment required can be found on these pages.  Alternatively please contact the Clerk, Sue Martin for more information.

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Paul Jagger MBE

Chair of Governors​