Governance and Policies
Roger McClure (Chair)
Dr Heather Barrett-Mold OBE (Vice Chair)
Christine Bianchin (Interim Principal and CEO)
Dr Beryl De Souza (Safeguarding Lead)
Cllr. Joanne Laban
Dr Sheila Cunningham
Sarah Moreland MBE
Stephen Way (Careers Lead)
Ralph Luck OBE
Sarah Seery (Staff Governor)
Rosie Evans (Student Governor)
Bradley James Hannigan (Student Governor)
Antony Young (Independent Member)
Joanne Coffey (Clerk to the Corporation and Company Secretary)
Statement of governance
The manner in which the College is governed is a matter of great importance, affecting the quality of the services it provides, public confidence in its activities, its financial security and the legality of its business. The Governing Body will conduct its business in accordance with English and relevant European law and within the Instrument and Articles of Government as amended on 1st January 2008 under the order and direction of the Secretary of State in accordance with the Further and Higher Education Act 1992. It will also observe regulations issued by the Learning and Skills Council and will act within the principles laid down by the Committee on Standards in Public Life (Nolan Committee) for those holding public office, namely: Selflessness, Integrity, Objectivity, Accountability, Openness, Honesty and Leadership. Governors recognise the importance of clarity in identifying their role and responsibilities and in differentiating those from the roles and responsibilities of college management whilst, at the same time, recognising the key interactions between the two.
Operation of the governing body
Governors will observe a system of working in an honest, transparent and understandable way by ensuring that all members observe a Code of Conduct and participate in a Register of Interests.
The Governing Body and its sub-committees will normally meet a minimum of three times a year, with the exception of Strategy which meets at least annually, usually via a Strategic Event for all Governors. The Governing Body has a procedure on Whistleblowing. The Clerk is accountable directly to the Full Governing Body and, in performing the duties of Clerk, will be independent of the Chair and the Principal. The minutes of the sub-committees will be presented to the Governing Body by the Chair of the Committee to draw the attention of Members to any items which are recommended for approval to the Governing Body and any issues which the Committee failed to resolve.
A library of governance information is maintained, containing information which will enable Governors to better understand the operation of the College. An ongoing programme of training is agreed aimed at keeping Governors up-to-date. All newly appointed Governors will be required to participate in an induction process. Governors will set and monitor performance indicators for governance.
Online Learning Provision
Our Online Learning Provision is intended to provide clarity and transparency to students and parents/guardians about what to expect from online learning where national or local restrictions require the whole College, class ‘bubble’ or individuals to remain at home.
Capel Manor College recognises the moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all students. We endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where staff, students, visitors and volunteers are respected and valued. We are alert to any signs of abuse and neglect and follow our procedures to ensure that students receive effective support to thrive and achieve. Child and Adult at Risk protection forms part of our safeguarding responsibilities and we expect all staff, visitors and volunteers to share this commitment.
All staff receive safeguarding training at induction and receive updates as required, and at least annually to ensure they have the relevant skills and knowledge to safeguarding children effectively. A fully-qualified safeguarding team led by a Designated Safeguarding Lead, who is a member of the Senior Leadership Team of the College oversees all aspects of safeguarding and student welfare in accordance with statutory guidance and legislation.
All staff are required to undergo safeguarding training and students are also supported to complete a safeguarding qualification helping them to spot the signs and symptoms of abuse as well as knowing where to go for help and support.
The Government’s Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015 (CTSA) creates a statutory duty for specified public authorities to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.
Government Guidance requires that Colleges have in place appropriate training for staff, welfare and pastoral care for students, as well as policies and procedures regarding IT usage. It also makes clear that the approach to Prevent should be reasonable and proportionate.
The College’s approach to Prevent is primarily one of safeguarding the welfare of our students and staff. Protection from the risk of extremism and radicalisation forms part of this safeguarding duty. We also balance the duty against our commitment to freedom of speech and other key legislation.
Equality and diversity, British values and preparing for life in modern Britain are embedded into all aspects of College life and students have access to personal, health and social education through their tutorial programme, this supports our students to be independent, resilient and robust.
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
The College is committed to ensuring equality of opportunity for all its students, staff and the broader community which it serves. We welcome, celebrate and value the diversity of our learning community and seek to promote an inclusive learning and working environment where everyone can achieve to their full potential.
The College respects and values the diversity of students and staff who share different aspects of their identity, for example in terms of their race and ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender, reassignment, religion and belief, disability or marital/civil partnership, socio‐economic status and age. The College aims to ensure equality, diversity and inclusion is reflected through the curriculum, enrichment activities and the range of direct and indirect student support services.
The College publishes Annual Equality Diversity reports and has an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion working group to ensure compliance with the relevant specific equality duties outlined in the Equality Act 2010. The College also undertakes equality impact assessments on new policies and procedures. Equality impact assessments are also undertaken for existing policies and procedures on a prioritised basis.
The College has achieved Level 1 of the Employers ‘Disability Confident Committed’ award and has committed to the principles and objectives of the Positive about Disabled People standard.
The College considers all employment applications from disabled persons, bearing in mind the aptitudes of the individuals concerned, and guarantees an interview to any disabled applicant who meets the essential criteria for the post. Where an existing employee becomes disabled, every effort is made to ensure that employment with the College continues. The College is committed to provide training, career development and opportunities for promotion which, as far as possible, provide identical opportunities to those of non‐disabled employees.
The College has made a formal commitment to achieve the 'Mindful Employer' charter to assist the mental health wellbeing of staff. The College provides mandatory Equality, Diversity and Inclusion training for all new starters and forms part of the induction training.
The College seeks to achieve the objectives set down in the Equality Act 2010.
a) The College has appointed staff who provide information, advice and arrange support where necessary for students with disabilities/learning difficulties.
b) There is a range of specialist equipment, e.g. hearing loops which the College can make available for use by students alongside a range of various assistive technology.
c) The College will appoint specialist staff to support students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities when required. There are a number of student support assistants who can provide a variety of support for learning.
d) The College offers staff development to ensure the provision of a high level of appropriate support for students who have learning difficulties and/or disabilities.
e) Counselling and welfare services are described in the Student Handbook, which is also available to students together with details on our additional learning support services which are covered as part of induction and at other times throughout the year.
By enrolling as a student at Capel Manor College, students are agreeing to follow by our standards and expectations as set out in our Student Handbook.