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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

MAT Master Funding Agreement

The Heart of Mercia MAT

The MAT governing structure and its aims and responsibilities are detailed in its Governance Procedures.

MAT Goverance Procedures


Any relevant business and pecuniary interests of senior staff and of Trustees are declared annually.

Business and Pecuniary Interests

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 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 Governors.

Governance Procedures 2021-22

Any relevant business and pecuniary interests of Governors are declared annually.

Business and Pecuniary Interests 2021-22

Business and Pecuniary Interests 2020-21

Meetings Attendance

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

Board attendance

Meetings Calendar

These are the proposed dates for the meetings of the Board.

Please note that dates might change at short notice.

Schedule of meetings 2022/23

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.

17th November 2022

20th October 2022

15th September 2022

16th June 2022

5th May 2022

10th March 2022

10th January 2022

18th November 2021

21st October 2021

16th September 2021

22nd June 2021

29th April 2021

11th March 2021

21st January 2021

Hereford Sixth Form College Annual Accounts

Heart of Mercia Annual Report and Financial Statements Year Ended 31st August 2022

Annual Report and Financial Statements Year Ended 31st August 2021

Annual Report and Financial Statements year ended 31 August 2020

Annual Report and Financial Statements Year Ended 31st August 2019