Daytime exterior of the main building at East Durham College's Peterlee Campus

The Role of the Governing Body

East Durham College is a Further Education College and has a Governing Body, sometimes referred to as a 'Corporation'.

The main purpose of the Governing Body is to decide the overall strategic direction and educational character of the College and ensure its overall well-being and financial solvency. More specifically, the Governors are responsible for:

  • Determining and reviewing the educational character and mission of the College and for the oversight of its activities
  • Publishing arrangements for obtaining the views of staff and students on the determination and periodic review of the educational character and mission of the institution and oversight of its activities
  • Approving a Quality Strategy for the College
  • Ensuring that public money is spent appropriately and the College continues to be financially solvent
  • Approving annual estimates of income and expenditure
  • Appointing and determining the pay and conditions of service of the College’s Principal, other senior postholders and Clerk
  • Setting a framework for the pay and conditions of service of all other staff. 

Anyone who is interested in becoming a Governor at East Durham College, or who has any queries in connection with the above, should contact:

David Ridley
Clerk to the Corporation
East Durham College
Willerby Grove
Co. Durham

Or email: or call on 0191 518 8208.