Becoming A Governor

We are currently looking for new Governors with financial audit experience or who have worked in a leadership role in secondary or further education. We are also keen to broaden the diversity of our Board membership and therefore welcome applications from people from other backgrounds who come from underrepresented groups. Please go to our recruitment site for more information

The Board of Governors is responsible for the educational character and mission of the College, for the proper use of its resources and for safeguarding its assets. These responsibilities are carried out through a number of committees:

  • Audit
  • Curriculum & Quality Assurance
  • Policy & Resources (with Estates)
  • Remuneration (with Personnel)
  • Search & Governance

The Board meets five times each year, normally on a Monday afternoon and all Governors need to be able to attend to fulfil the role. There is also at least one training day each year for Governors, and additional training courses are also available. Governors are normally members of two committees (or one committee plus an additional role), which also usually meet on Monday afternoons, currently online. Most of the committees meet a minimum of three times a year, although they may meet more frequently, depending on the business to be discussed. The terms of reference of the committees are available from the Clerk.

In addition, governors can assist by being members of various ad hoc working groups with a specific remit, attending the annual panel which forms part of the college’s annual self assessment process and carrying out mock university interviews with some of the students. The position of Governor is unpaid, but reasonable expenses may be claimed.

Peter Symonds College is committed to promoting equality of opportunity and seeks to recruit Governors with the skills that are required for the effective operation of the Board and who reflect the composition of the staff, students, and the community in Winchester and the wider area served by the College.