The Academy Trust
The College became an academy within a single academy trust in 2016 and subsquently established a multi-academy trust in April 2019. Hereford Sixth Form College and Worcester Sixth Form College are managed by this trust, the Heart of Mercia Trust. King Edward VI College Stourbridge joined the Trust in February 2021.
- Business name: Heart of Mercia MAT
- Place of registration: UK
- Registered number: 10499174, registered on 28/11/2016
- Registered office: Hereford Sixth Form College, Folly Lane, Hereford. HR1 1LU
The MAT governing structure and its aims and responsibilities are detailed in its Governance Procedures.
The Board of Governors of Hereford Sixth Form College
The College is overseen by a Board of Governors, the Local Governing Body. The Local Governing Body reports to the Trustees of the Heart of Mercia Trust.
The College Board comprises independent Governors drawn from the local community, the Principal, two staff Governors, two parent Governors and two students.
The current Chair of the Board is Mr James Miller.
What Does the Board Do?
The Board of Governors at Hereford Sixth Form College come together with the common goal of supporting the educational ethos of the College, ensuring its financial integrity, and maintaining a sustained quality of provision for its students. The role of the Board is extremely important and varied. The main responsibilities include:
- to determine the educational character and strategic vision for the College
- to ensure the College remains solvent, approve annual estimates of income and expenditure, and to monitor the effective and efficient use of resources
- to maintain the security of the College’s assets
- to make a significant contribution to what the College does to ensure the success of its students
- to review and assure the quality of provision
Governors commit to attending Board meetings, which are held at least four times a year in the early evening on a Thursday.
Becoming a Governor
When recruiting Governors, we are always keen to hear from individuals who believe they can make a real difference to the College and our students. You need to be enthusiastic and committed to serving in this voluntary role. Individual Governors come from different backgrounds and with a variety of skills.
We welcome applications from people who can think strategically with a range of backgrounds including the arts, audit, business, finance, HR, legal and marketing, but this is not essential. The Board welcomes a diverse membership.
The qualities looked for in all Governors are:
- The ability to work as a member of the Board and to respect corporate decision making and the view of others whilst being willing and able to express their own opinions.
- A keen interest in education, especially of 16 - 19 year olds.
- The ability to look at the College from a top-level strategic point of view, without wishing to be involved in management.
- Good communication skills.
- Leadership skills.
- Empathy with students and community needs.
- A commitment to the seven principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership as set out in the Nolan Report.
In the first instance, please contact the Principal who will arrange an informal discussion with herself and the Chair.
This document details the composition of the Board, its operating principles and procedures and the roles and responsibilities of Governors.
Any relevant business and pecuniary interests of senior staff and of Trustees are declared annually.
These are the proposed dates for the meetings of the Board.
Please note that dates might change at short notice.
This document shows the number of meetings the Governors have attended.
Minutes of meetings
The minutes of the most recent meetings of the Board of Hereford Sixth Form College are available below.
If you require minutes from any previous meetings, please contact the College.