Governance

The Governing Body has a total of twenty members each of whom brings their own specific expertise, skills and experience. All Governors give their time voluntarily and have always shown a high level of commitment to both the College itself and its mission.

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 Further and Higher Education Act 1992 which incorporated the College and establishes the Governing Body as a legal entity and defines what the Governing Body and the College may do. The Governing Body comprises:

  • 12 Foundation Governors, who are appointed by its Trustees – the Diocese of Shrewsbury
  • 2 Co-opted members selected because of their special expertise or standing in the community or links to the College
  • 2 elected Staff Governor
  • 1 elected Parent Governor
  • 2 elected Student Governors
  • The Principal

The Chair is Cllr Tom McGee and the Vice Chair is Mr Leo Byrne. The Governing Body employs a Clerk to facilitate all aspects of its work. The Clerk is Mr Terry Conlon.

 

  • The Responsibilities of the Governing Body
    • It is the Governing Body’s responsibility to bring independent judgement to bear on issues of strategy, performance, resources and standards of conduct.

      The Governing Body is provided with regular and timely information on the overall financial performance of the College together with other information such as performance against funding targets, proposed capital expenditure, quality matters and personnel related matters such as health and safety and environmental issues. The Governing Body meets on a termly basis.

      The full Governing Body meets four times per year. It receives reports from the Principal and its own committees. The key responsibilities of the Governing Body are:

      • to determine the educational character and Mission of the College and to ensure the College management is fulfilling the mission
      • to ensure the solvency of the College and the safeguarding of its assets
      • to approve the annual estimates of income and expenditure
      • to oversee the appointment, grading, suspension, dismissal and the determination of the pay and conditions of senior post holders the Principal and Vice Principal.
      • to set a framework for the pay and conditions of service for all staff
  • The Roles and Responsibilities of Individual Governors
    • In legal terms, the Governing Body has a corporate identity separate from its members. This means that responsibility for actions and decisions rests with the Governing Body as a whole and not with individual governors. Governors are expected to show the highest loyalty and to act collectively in the best interest of the College.

      All governors are able to take independent professional advice in furtherance of their duties at the College’s expense and have access to the clerk to the Governing Body, who is responsible to the Board for ensuring that all applicable procedures and regulations are complied with. The appointment and removal of the clerk are matters for the Governing Body as a whole.
      The clerk to the Governing Body maintains a register of financial and personal interests of the governors.

      Formal agendas, papers and reports are supplied to governors in a timely manner, prior to Board meetings. Briefings are also provided on an ad-hoc basis.

      There is a clear division of responsibility in that the roles of the Chairman and Principal are separate.

  • The Roles of Committees
    • Although the full Governing Body meets termly and once for a training session, most of the detailed work is undertaken by committees which utilise the individual specialist skills of Governors.

      Each committee has terms of reference, which have been approved by the Governing Body. These committees are audit, resources, teaching and learning, remuneration, general purposes and employment,  Full minutes of all meetings are available on the College’s website [at www.aquinas.ac.uk] or from the clerk to the Governing Body

      The committees are:

      • Audit(3 times per year): has legal powers to investigate all aspects of the internal control and financial systems of the College and employs two firms of auditors.
      • Resources (3 times per year): oversees the budget, monitors the duties of the Governing Body as the employer and oversees the resources and the estate.
      • Teaching and Learning (3 times per year): monitors and develops all aspects of student achievement, the quality of teaching and support and students’ experiences.
      • Remuneration (At least once per year): reviews salary structures of the Principal and the Vice Principal..
      • General Purposes (3 times per year): monitors admissions, marketing and liaison.
      • Employment
  • Appointments to the Governing Body
    • The Foundation Governors are appointed by the Bishop of Shrewsbury.  The two staff governors, the parent governor and two student governors are elected by their respective groups.  The LA governor is appointed by the LA.  There remains only two co-opted governors for which a search committee would be required and this would be instigated on an as necessary basis when new co-opted governors were needed.  The Governing Body is responsible for ensuring that appropriate training is provided as required.

       

      Members of the Governing Body are appointed for a term of office not exceeding four years.

Governing Body Minutes

The minutes to recent governor’s meetings are available below. Minutes are available as pdf or Word documents.

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