Prior Pursglove became independent in 1993, along with all colleges in the further education sector. Each college has its own controlling body – the Corporation or Governing Body – which has ultimate responsibility for the success of the college.

The Corporation is specifically responsible for:

  • The determination and periodic review of the educational character and mission of the institution and for 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 for 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 to the Corporation;
  • Setting a framework for the pay and conditions of service of all other staff.

Expectations of Governors

In general Governors are expected to have:

  • Commitment to education and training and to the success of the College’s students;
  • A willingness to contribute to the life and well-being of the College;
  • Commitment to strengthening links of the College with its local community;
  • Dedication to acting openly, honestly and with integrity.


  • To attend monthly Corporation Meetings which are normally in the evenings;
  • To join a committee which again, normally meet on a termly basis;
  • To attend the Annual Strategic Planning Conference normally held in April or May;
  • Where possible to link with a particular area of the College and attend College events, such as plays and music evenings, so as to gain an understanding and appreciation of the work of the College and to meet staff and students;
  • To undertake an induction; as well as taking part in on-going training.

If you would like to find out more about the College and the work of the Corporation please contact the Clerk to the Corporation on (01287) 280800.


Interested in becoming a College Governor?

Governor Leaflet

Appointment of Corporation Members

Appointment Procedure

Views of Staff and Students

Obtaining the views of staff and students

Instrument of Government

Instrument and Articles effective 27th April 2015

Corporation and Committee Standing Orders

Standing Orders April 2015

Complaint Procedure 2015

Complaints against the Corporation

Merged College Annual Reports and Financial Statements

Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31st July 2017

Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31st July 2016

Annual Reports and Financial Statements

Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 30th April 2016

Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31st July 2015

Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31st July 2014

Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31st July 2013

Minutes of College Committees are available to view on the links below:


2015 – 16 Corporation Meeting Schedule

Corporation Minutes Thursday 17th March 2016

Corporation Minutes Thursday 11th February 2016

Corporation Minutes Wednesday 6th January 2016

Corporation Minutes Monday 14th December 2015

Corporation Minutes Wednesday 11th November 2015

Corporation Minutes Thursday 15th October 2015

Corporation Minutes Thursday 10th September 2015

Corporation Minutes Thursday 9th July 2015

Corporation Minutes 8th June 2015

Corporation Monday 27th April 2015

Corporation Minutes Monday 23rd March 2015

Corporation Minutes 5th February 2015

Corporation Minutes 15th December 2014

Corporation Minutes 10th November 2014

Corporation Minutes 16th October 2014

Corporation Minutes Monday 8th September 2014

Corporation Minutes 14th July 2014

Corporation Minutes Monday 16th June 2014

Corporation Minutes Thursday 15th May 2014

Corporation Minutes 31st March 2014

Corporation Minutes EGM 26th February 2014

Corporation Minutes Monday 27th January 2014

Corporation Minutes 16th December 2013

Corporation Minutes Monday 21st October 2013

Audit Committee

Audit Minutes Thursday 3rd March 2016

Audit Minutes Thursday 3rd December 2015

Audit Minutes 16th June 2015

Audit Minutes 10th March 2015

Audit Minutes 25th November 2014

Audit Minutes 2nd June 2014

Audit Minutes 17th March 2014

Audit Minutes 14th November 2013

Resources Committee

Resources Committee Minutes 17th March 2016

Resources Committee Minutes 19th November 2015

Resources Minutes 22nd June 2015

Resources Minutes 9th March 2015

Resources Committee 15th January 2015

Resources 20th November 2014

Resources 17th September 2014

Search and Governance Committee

S&G Minutes Monday 5th October 2015

S&G Minutes Wednesday 15th April 2015

S&G Minutes 6th October 2014

S&G Minutes 21st May 2014

S&G Minutes 11th February 2014

S&G Minutes 7th October 2013