Join our Governing Board!

St Mary’s College has an outstanding reputation for high quality education set within a friendly and supportive environment. We are a government approved Beacon College, confirming St Mary’s as one of the country’s best colleges with St Mary’s students regularly achieving 99% pass rates and recently graded as ‘GOOD’ by Ofsted.

St Mary’s is a purpose built Sixth Form College with excellent facilities, including a spacious student-friendly refectory with purpose built social areas, free WiFi throughout the campus, extensive Library resources, IT access in all classrooms and dedicated Sport and Science buildings. Within the modern facilities, is a rich history spanning over 90 years. We are a long established academic community, educating generations of East Lancashire students since 1925, and as a Marist College, we are part of a world-wide Marist community, an international network of schools and colleges spanning the globe.

We offer a vast range of A level and Vocational Courses, as well as Degree Level Studies and Nursery Provision.

We currently have vacancies within our Governing Board for skilled professionals who can support the strategic direction of our successful college. With improved recruitment and an Ofsted grade of ‘GOOD’, this is an exciting time to join our Board and steer the college towards a prosperous future for our students and staff.

 

Role information:
The role of a Governor is vital in ensuring that our local education provision is both exceptional and sustainable. Without independent volunteers to provide strategic oversight to the work of the staff within our schools and colleges, share their knowledge of wider business and ensure that public funds are being utilised effectively, we would not be able to safeguard quality education for our local children, who are the pillars of our future economy.

Governors do not need in-depth knowledge of education as full training will be provided, what we are looking for is innovative and committed individuals who have the confidence to hold our executive team to account. The core function of the governing board is to:

  • – Ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • – Hold the principal to account for the educational performance of the College and its pupils,   and the performance management of staff
  • – Oversee the financial performance of the College and making sure money is well spent.

In addition to this, foundation governors are appointed specifically to ensure:

  • – The religious character of the College is preserved
  • – The College is conducted in accordance with its trust deed
  • – The religious education curriculum is in accordance with the Bishop’s policy for this Diocese

As a Foundation Governor, there is an expectation to attend all Board meetings, of which there are 6 per year. These are usually held at 6pm and there is also 1 strategic planning day (this year it is scheduled for Friday 18th October). You may also wish to sit on a committee, which meet a maximum of 4 times per year, usually in a morning. Many companies have a corporate commitment to supporting the local community in which they operate and allow employees time to conduct their governor role, which may include time off to attend meetings, visit the school or college or to read the necessary documentation that precedes a meeting.

Of course, this is not a one sided offer of support, in return you will receive training in all aspects of governance which will not only enable you to be an effective governor, but it will enhance understanding of corporate governance, finance, educational attainment, budgeting, strategy and leadership. In addition, volunteering, especially in such a vital capacity, is known to enhance future career prospects.

 

Next Steps:

For an informal chat, please contact the Clerk to the Governors on 01254 580464 or by email L.Farnhill@stmarysblackburn.ac.uk