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The Academy Trust

The College converted to a single academy trust on 1st March 2017. The Academy Trust Company was formed as a company limited by guarantee.

  • Business name: Hereford Sixth Form College
  • Place of registration: UK
  • Registered number: 10499174, registered on 28/11/2016
  • Registered office: Hereford Sixth Form College, Folly Lane, Hereford. HR1 1LU

Academy Funding Agreement

Memorandum and Articles of Association

The Board of Directors

The College is operated by the Academy Trust Company through a Board of Trustees. The Trustees are also known as Directors.

The College Board comprises independent directors drawn from the local community, the Principal, two staff directors, two parent directors and two students.

The current Chair of the Board is Dr Ken Hopkins.

What Does the Board Do?

The Board of Directors 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 are:

  • 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
  • to approve the framework for the pay and conditions of employment of staff
  • to appoint senior post holders, and to set their pay and conditions of service.

Directors commit to attending Board meetings, which are held at least four times a year in the early evening on a Thursday. Directors also become a member of a Committee set up to review in greater detail a specific aspect of the College’s operation. 

Committees and Their Composition

Committees meet at least termly. Their areas of operation and current composition are listed below.


Advises on the audit arrangements and systems of internal control.

Andrew Parsons; Michelle Balcombe; Marion Hawkins; Danielle Thompson.

Maximum of six Directors. 

Three Directors required in order to be quorate.


Advises on College curriculum policy.

James Miller; Marion Hawkins; Phil Tranter; Emma Telford; Catriona Ward; Principal.

Maximum of seven Directors. 

Three Directors required in order to be quorate.

Finance and Resources

Monitors and reviews College finances, resources and accommodation.

Shirley Tully; James Miller; Principal; Andrea Marshall.

Maximum of seven Directors. 

Three Directors required in order to be quorate.


Advises on salary reviews for senior post holders.

James Miller; Andrew Parsons.

Minimum of three Directors. 

Two Directors required in order to be quorate.


Advises on the appointment of Directors.

Michelle Balcombe; Marion Hawkins; James Miller; Principal.

Maximum of four Directors. 

Three Directors required in order to be quorate.

Staff and Students

Advises on framework for appointment, pay and conditions and appraisal of staff, safeguarding and equality and diversity.

Emma Telford; Phil Tranter; Michelle Balcombe; Principal; Adrian Allan; Danielle Thompson.

Maximum of eight Directors. 

Four Directors required in order to be quorate.

Becoming a Director

When recruiting Directors, 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 Directors 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 Directors 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 himself and the Chair. 

Governance Procedures

This document details the composition of the Board, its operating principles and procedures and the roles and responsibilities of Directors.

Governance Procedures

Meetings Attendance

This document shows the number of meetings the Directors have attended.

Board attendance

Meetings Calendar

These are the proposed dates for the meetings of the Board and the sub-committees.

Please note that dates might change at short notice.

Schedule of meetings 2018/19

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.

31st January 2019

13th December 2018

11th October 2018

28th June 2018

17th May 2018

9th March 2018

1st February 2018

Hereford Sixth Form College Annual Accounts

Annual Report and Financial Statements year ended 31st August 2018

Annual Report and Financial Statements Nov 2016-August 2017

Accounts for the 7 month period 1st August 2016 - 1st March 2017