The Corporation – The College’s Board of Governors have a crucial role: They make the ‘big’ decisions. That is, they determine the range of education provided, set key goals and hold college management to account for delivering on these.

They have determined the College’s ‘Mission’ as follows:

We believe education changes lives, so we put teaching and learning and the needs of our students first.

Governors seek to ensure that the College provides a high-quality learning experience which enables students to succeed and which meets the needs of the community. They, therefore, provide a ‘bridge’ between the college and the community we serve.

Corporation Board January 2019

Instrument and Articles of Government Runshaw College July 2018

College Goals 2019/20

  • To complete our journey to “excellence everywhere”; all schools, programmes and functions to be performing at an “outstanding” level by (or before) summer 2020;
  • To meet all of our key financial targets
  • To ensure that all 16‐18 learners engage in (and adequately record) Work Related Activity (WRA);
  • To continue to improve our facilities, where necessary and affordable.

Professional advice and services to the Governing Body are provided by the Clerk to the Corporation. The Clerk is independent of the College.

Meetings Schedule and Corporation Minutes

Meetings are open to the public. Requests to attend a meeting must be made in advance to the Clerk to the Corporation.

Autumn Term

Monday 24 September 5.15pm Corporation Board
Tuesday 02 October 8.00am Governors SAR Meeting
Friday 12 October 12 Noon Search and Governance Committee
Friday 12 October 1.30pm Standards and Curriculum Committee
Tuesday 13 November 5.30pm Audit Committee
Monday 19 November 4.00pm Remuneration and Organisational Development Committee
Monday 19 November 6.00pm Finance Committee
Tue 4 December 5.00pm Corporation Board

Spring Term

Monday 21 January 5.00pm Strategic Planning Meeting
Tuesday 12 March 5.30pm Audit Committee
Friday 15 March 12 noon Search and Governance Committee
Friday 15 March 1.30pm Standards and Curriculum Committee
Monday 18 March 4.00pm Remuneration and Organisational Development Committee
Monday 18 March 6.00pm Finance Committee
Monday 01 April 5.15pm Corporation Board

Summer Term

Monday 13 May 5.15pm Corporation Board
Wednesday 19 June 5.30pm Audit Committee
Friday 21 June 12.00pm Search and Governance Committee
Friday 21 June 1.30pm Standards and Curriculum Committee
Monday 24 June 4.00pm Remuneration and Organisational Development Committee
Monday 24 June 6.00pm Finance Committee
Monday 8 July 5.15pm Corporation Board

Corporation Minutes

Certain minutes, indicated as ‘reserved business’, are not open to public scrutiny due to the confidential nature of their content. Corporation policy is to keep such minutes to the necessary minimum.

Minutes of Corporation Meetings

Board Minutes April 2018

Standards Minutes March 2018

Search Minutes March 2018

ROD Minutes March 2018

Finance Minutes March 2018

Audit Minutes March 2018

Board Minutes December 2017

ROD Minutes November 2017

Finance Minutes November 2017

Audit Minutes November 2017

Standards Minutes October 2017

Search Minutes October 2017

Corporation Board Minutes September 2017

Corporation Board Minutes July 2017

Corporation Board Minutes May 2017

Corporation Board Minutes March 2017

  • Role & Responsibilities

    The Governing Body have a statutory responsibility for:

    • the determination and periodic review of the educational character and mission of the institution and the oversight of its activities;                                                                                          
    • publishing arrangements for obtaining the views of staff and students on the determination and periodic review of the educational character and mission of the institution and the oversight of its activities;
    • approving the quality strategy of the institution;
    • the effective and efficient use of resources, the solvency of the institution and the Corporation and safeguarding their assets;
    • approving annual estimates of income and expenditure;
    • the appointment, grading, suspension, dismissal and determination of the pay and conditions of service of the holders of senior posts and the Clerk, including, where the Clerk is, or is to be appointed as, a member of staff, the Clerk’s  appointment, grading, suspension, dismissal and determination of pay in the capacity of a member of staff; and
    • setting a framework for the pay and conditions of service of all other staff.

    In discharging these duties, Governors approve and monitor:

    • the College Mission and Strategic Plans
    • the annual budget and financial performance
    • success rate targets (recruitment, retention and achievement) and added value
    • the learning experience (the quality of education, student support and enrichment, resources and facilities)
    • student satisfaction
    • staff satisfaction and retention
    • stakeholders views

    Governors have a wide understanding of the community and its needs and are able to ‘bridge the gap’ effectively between the community’s requirements and the college’s mission and strategy.

    It will be seen from the foregoing that Governors act at a strategic level, advised by the Principal and senior management team. They do not play any part in managing the college. This is the Principal’s role. In effect, Governors determine their overall goals for the college, year on year, and hold the Principal and SMT accountable for delivering these. The means by which these goals are met is essentially a matter for management. Our Governors place great emphasis on this distinction (having adopted the principles of the ‘governance policy model’ developed by Prof. John Carver – ‘the Carver model’).

    Role of Governors

    • Governors have a fiduciary duty to the college, i.e. they must be loyal, honest, diligent and act in good faith. They are unpaid and voluntary.
    • They are not ‘representatives’ or ‘delegates’ of any outside body: their primary commitment is to the college and they must not be bound by mandates given by others.
    • Once a majority decision is taken, individual Governors are bound by collective responsibility, so they are all equally responsible for its actions and decisions.
    • All Governors conform to a Code of Conduct which details the required standards of behaviour.
    • An annual Skills Audit identifies any gaps between the skills needed and those that currently exist on the Governing Body.
    • Governors normally have a 4 year term (except for student members who serve for a maximum of two years).


    The Governors are committed to openness:

    • Confidential business is kept to a minimum, as a matter of policy.
    • Minutes of Meetings are made available to the public through the Corporation/Governance website.
    • Staff Update (the weekly staff magazine) communicates regularly about governance matters.
    • Governor vacancies are advertised where appropriate.
    • The public are entitled to attend meetings of the Governing Body.
    • The Governors’ Annual Report is made publicly available.

    The Clerk

    The Clerk to the Corporation is:

    Fatema Hussein
    Runshaw College
    Langdale Road
    PR25 3DQ

    Tel 01772 642047


    The Clerk provides professional advice and secretarial services to the Corporation and its five Committees and is the contact point for all enquiries. She is answerable directly to the Corporation and is independent of college management.