The College is consulting on proposed changes to the Instrument and Articles of Government. The most significant change aims to reduce the size of the Governing Body.  This is an endeavour to make the Board less unwieldy and more effective. Even with the changes, the College's Board would have 15 members, which would still be larger than what many would regard as the optimum size for such a body: perhaps between 10 and 12 members.

The amended composition would balance the provider and customer 'sides' with three members of each: the Principal and two staff governors alongside two student governors and one parent governor. The majority of the independent governors (Foundation Governors) would be maintained at its present level.

In the revised Instrument and Articles (full document here, with changes marked), the composition of the governing body would be as follows:


Nine Foundation Governors, including one nominated by the University of Birmingham and one by Dudley MBC

-       Previously eleven Foundation Governors, including one nominated by the University of Birmingham; and a twelfth Governor nominated by Dudley MBC)

One Parent Governor

-       Previously two Parent Governors

Two Student Governors

-       No change

Two Staff Governors

-       No change

The Principal

-       No change


As part of the consultation, we invite written responses by Friday 17 May 2013.  Responses may be by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by post to the Clerk to the Governors, King Edward VI College, Stourbridge, DY8 1TD.