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Becoming a Council member

Gone are the days when the governors of independent schools were simply expected to turn up at occasional meetings, ‘rubber stamp’ a few proposals from the Head or the Bursar, and then enjoy a good lunch.

21st-century governors play a pivotal role in the leadership and running of their schools, and that’s as true at Cheltenham College as it is elsewhere. Council members are responsible for legal and regulatory compliance, safeguarding, strategic direction, assets, and standards. Because we are a registered charity, Council members also serve as trustees and carry the legal and financial responsibilities that accompany that status.

The Secretary to the Council, John Champion, maintains a list of suitably qualified individuals who have indicated an interest in being considered for Council membership.  If you have relevant experience and would be interested in finding out more about becoming a member of Council, please contact John at At the moment, we are particularly keen to hear from potential Council members from the legal and accountancy professions.

Cheltenham College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people in its recruitment and selection procedures and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. New Council members will be required to undergo an enhanced DBS check.