The Sixth Form College, Colchester Publication Scheme

Information about college activities is generally available to the public on request according to the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and subject to the provisions of the Data Protection Act 2018. The Sixth Form College, Colchester has adopted the model publication scheme developed for Higher and Further Education. The scheme sets out the classes and categories of information published and these are set out below. For information about Governance please contact the Clerk to the Corporation at the college. For other information please contact the Data Protection Officer at the college.

Classes and categories of information 

Class 1 - Who we are and what we do

This section covers information about the organisation, structures, location and contacts at the college. In some instances, information from committee minutes will be exempt from disclosure where it contains personal information, information that may damage the commercial interests of the College or that may threaten the health and safety of specific individuals.

Information about the way the college is governed and how decisions are made is included in this section. To see documents relating to governance, please see the Governors menu on this website.

Class 2 - What we spend and how we spend it

This section covers information on the Colleges’ projected and actual income and expenditure, procurement, contracts and financial audit. Information that may damage the College’s commercial interests will be excluded from publication.

Class 3 - What our priorities are and how we are doing

This section covers information on the College’s strategy and plans, performance indicators, audits, inspections and reviews. Information relating to individual members of staff is exempt from disclosure as this is personal information.

Class 4 - How we make decisions

This section covers information at a strategic level relating to the College’s decision-making processes and records of decisions. Information that provides specific details of the College’s future plans may be exempt from disclosure where such disclosure would damage the College’s commercial interests.

Class 5 - Our policies and procedures

This section contains information on current written protocols, policies and procedures for delivering our services and responsibilities. Information available within this section does not include specific student or staff personal details, by virtue of being personal information.

Class 6 - Lists and registers.

This section covers information contained only in currently maintained lists and registers.

Class 7 - The service we offer.

This section contains information about the services we offer, including leaflets, guidance and newsletters.

Class 1 – Who we are and what we do.

The College is a specialist Sixth Form College - and is one of the largest and most successful 16-19 providers of general academic sixth form education in the country. The College’s prime aim is to provide broad, high quality academic and general education programmes to our 16-19-year-old full time students. This includes providing students with support, additionality, skills and personal development within their sixth form experience as well as studying pre-university academic courses. The College maintains an excellent reputation both locally and nationally.  Further information can be found here

 

 

Legal framework

 

We are an incorporated sixth form college, part of the SFCA.     Information regarding our Instruments and Articles of Government can be found here.

 

The Corporation

The college has the legal status of statutory corporation and exempt charity.  The Corporation (Governing Body) has ultimate responsibility for the college.     Information regarding the Corporation and its membership etc can be found here.

 

Mission Statement

 

 

 

Can be found here.

 

Location and contact details

 

We are located at North Hill, Colchester CO1 1SN

Our web address is www.colchsfc.ac.uk

Phone contact is 01206 500700

Email is: enquiries@colchsfc.ac.uk

 

College Curriculum

 

The college has a broad curriculum and details of the curriculum and course offer can be found here

 

 

Student council

 

We have a student council, elected each year.  Details are available from the DP

 

Term dates

 

 The college operates on a 3 term 190 teaching (195 working) days basis.     Term dates can be found here.

 

Organisations we work in partnership with

 

We work collaboratively with all local secondary schools, with Colchester Institute and with CENBASE colleges (other specialist sixth form colleges) a full list of organisations we work with is available from the DPO.

 

Class 2 - What we spend and how we do it.

This section covers information on the College’s projected and actual income and expenditure, procurement, contracts and financial audit.  Information that may damage the College’s commercial interests will be excluded from publication.

 

Funding Income

 

Financial statements/college accounts are available here. And are published on an annual basis.

 

Financial regulations and procedures.

 

This includes policies and procedures relating to 

  • Budget holder procedures
  • College tendering procedures, including policies and procedures relating to goods and services and contracting
  • Travel and subsistence
  • Treasury management policy
  • Financial procedures – this document outlines the policies and procedures for ordering, receipt and payment of goods, the responsibility of budget holders, the control and disposal of fixed assets (including depreciation and insurance), incomes and lettings, financial security and financial control
  • Financial regulations – this document outlines the policies and procedures governing the financial management of the College, including the financial structure, the duties of governors, auditing procedures, the responsibilities of internal staff, treasury management, financial authorisation and controls and investigation of financial irregularities
  • Policy on control of college assets
  • Funds Policy
  • Expense Claim

 

Can be obtained via the DPO

 

Staff Pay and grading structures.

 

 Information is contained in the annual finance reports and int the Corporations Annual Remuneration Statement. which can be found here.

 

Class 3 - What our priorities are and how we are doing.

This section covers information on the College’s strategy and plans, performance indicators, inspections and reviews.  

 

Strategic plan

 

 

 

The college’ strategic priorities can be found here.

 

OFSTED report

 

 

The latest inspection report can be found here.

 

Exam results

 

 

An overview of college exam results can be found here.

 

Student destination data and HESA information

 

 

Can be found here.

 

Safeguarding

 

 

Information regarding our Safeguarding practices can be found here

Information regarding our policies and procedures regarding safeguarding and child protection can be found here..

 

GDPR/ DPA 

 

Privacy notices and GDPR information can be found here

Class 4. How we make decisions

This section covers information at a strategic level relating to the College’s decision making processes and records of decisions

 

Minutes from governing body meetings

 

Minutes of Governing body meetings can be found here

 

Strategic planning

 

 The College’s strategic plan can be found here.

 

Admissions policy/ decisions

 

 The Colleges Admissions policy and decision making process can be found here.

 

Class 5. Our policies and procedures.

This section covers current written protocols, polices and procedures for delivering our services and responsibilities.

 

Procedures and polices relating to student services.

Information on the administration and progression of students, guidance and support including:

  • Admissions policy
  • Accessibility plan
  • Student handbook (code of conduct)
  • Student disciplinary procedures
  • Policy and procedures for supporting students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities
  • Student planner
  • Careers education and guidance policy
  • Confidentiality policy
  • Safeguarding policy
  • Child protection policy
  • Harmful Sexual behaviour policy
  • Send policy
  • Equality and Diversity policy
  • Prevent policy
  • Careers education and guidance policy
  • Student harassment policy

 

Policies can be found here.

 

Policies and procedures relating to staff

This includes policies on:

Privacy notices

 

Equality and Diversity policy

Disciplinary procedure

Grievance procedure

Capability procedure

 

Further documents relating to terms and conditions of employment, collective bargaining etc can be obtained on request from the human resources department – humanresources@colchsfc.ac.uk

 

 

 

Recruitment policies and procedures

 

Information regarding recruitment policies and procedures including the recruitment privacy notice can be found on the job vacancies page on the College website.

 

Health and Safety

 

 

 

Information regarding health and safety can be requested from the health and safety officer at the college.

 

GDPR/ personal data and access to information policies

 

Access to data (Subject access requests SAR) information can be found here

College privacy notices can be found here

Freedom of information and details of the FOI can be found here

 

Policies, including the data protection policy can be found here.

 

The college follows the principles and guidance as outlined in the JANET Acceptable use policy.  For more information please refer to the JISC website www.ja.net/documents/use.html

 

 

 

Class 6 – Lists and Registers

This section covers information contained in currently maintained lists and registers.

 

Governing Body

 

 

Register of members of the Governing Body can be found here.

 

 

Senior Management Team

 

Members of the colleges senior management team can be found here.

 

 

CCTV

 

 

The college operates CCTV for the safety and security of the estate and for site users.  Details of the location of cameras and the operation of CCTV can be found here

 

 

 

 

Class 7 – The services we offer

This section covers information about the services that the college offers, including leaflets, guidance and newsletters.

 

Prospectus and course content

 

The College’s prospectus can be found here.

 

Bursary and financial information.

 

 

An overview of financial support and bursary information can be found here.

 

Wisepay 

 

Information on Wisepay and how to create an account can be found here

 

 

Careers

 

Information regarding the college’s careers advice and careers programme information can be found here.

 

 

Sports 

 

 

Information regarding the colleges sporting offer can be found in the college prospectus and in the additional studies booklet. 

 

 

Music, arts and drama

 

 

 

Information regarding the colleges sporting offer can be found in the college prospectus and in the additional studies booklet.

 

 

Learning Support

 

 

Information regarding the Learning support service provided by the college can be found here and in the SEND statement.

 

Wellbeing and mental health support.

 

 

Information regarding the college’s emotional wellbeing and mental health support can be found here.