The Corporation Board is the college’s governing body. It comprises up to 20 members drawn from a range of backgrounds and experience. Board members have a broad blend of skills and the Board membership reflects the varied communities which the college serves.
The Board is responsible for the overall functioning of the college. In general terms, it is responsible for the quality of service that the college offers to students and the local community in Darlington, South West Durham and North Yorkshire, as well as the college’s financial health and strategic direction. The Board’s work is primarily outward- and forward-looking, with a focus on agreeing plans, strategies and improvement, as well as systematic monitoring of college and management performance and prescribed compliance reports. The Board meets six times during each academic year and the work of the Board is supported by specialist committees focussing on key elements of the Board’s work, for example, quality, finance, audit.
Robust discussion is encouraged at meetings of the Board within the conventions of standing orders and governors also seek to have a visible presence within the college community, participating in self assessment reviews, link governor meetings and other events.
The Board members have a strong commitment to continuous improvement in their own practice and annually conduct a rigorous self-assessment.