Becoming A Governor

The Board of Governors of the College is sometimes looking for potential new Governors.

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.

How To Apply

If you would like to apply to be a governor, please contact the Clerk to enquire as to whether there is a vacancy. Alternatively you can submit a speculative application which may be taken forward when an opportunity arises. Download the Application form and the Equality & Diversity Monitoring form, save and complete them. Once completed, please email them to the Clerk to the Governors (Contact above) quoting "Application to become a governor" in your email. Please complete and sign the Eligibility form and bring it with you if you are invited to progress your application further.