The Trafford College Group is a Further Education (FE) Corporation, established under the Further and Higher Education Act 1992 (the Act).

Trafford College Group was formed following the merger of Stockport College and Trafford College in April 2018. Although the Group functions as a whole organisation, each college operates under its existing brand.

The Group is administered under the Instrument and Articles of Government which are Statutory Instruments made under the Act and which set out the rules for the constitution and operation of the Corporation and the machinery for College decision-making.

The Corporation's main responsibilities are as follows:

  • The determination, periodic review and development of the educational character and mission of the Institution and the oversight of its activities;
  • Publishing arrangements for obtaining the views of staff and students on the determination and review of the education character and mission of the Institution and the oversight of its activities;
  • The effective and efficient use of resources, the solvency of the Institution and the Corporation and 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, including, where the Clerk is, or is to be appointed as, a member of staff, the Clerk’s appointment, grading, suspension, dismissal and determination of pay in the capacity of a member of staff.

Governance Arrangements

Following the recent merger of the Trafford and Stockport Colleges the Board of the Corporation Comprises of 21 members. Membership is made up of 17 voluntary Independent members who have the necessary skills to ensure that the Board of the Corporation carries out its legal responsibilities and statuary duties as detailed above. The Principal and Chief Executive, Student Governors elected by the students of the Group and 1 staff Governor elected by the staff of the Group. The Board is constantly refreshing its membership and would welcome applications from interested people who can give time to support the College's ongoing development.

The Board organises its responsibilities through a Committee Structure as is supported in its activities by an experienced part time Corporation Secretary. Minutes of all non -confidential Board Committee and Working Group meetings are published in line with statutory requirements and on the Group website following members’ approval. The Board works to its Statutory Instrument & Articles of Governance with members acting in the capacity of trustees with the College holding exempt charitable status. The Board has adopted the AoC Code of Good Governance for English Colleges and operates its business in line with its Standing Orders.

If you are interested in finding out more, please contact the Corporation Secretary, Barry Watson