Public Benefit Statement

Public Benefit Statement

Public benefit statement – May 2017 

King Edward VI College, Stourbridge is an exempt charity under the terms of the Charity Act 2011.  In return the College has a commitment to deliver a significant, measurable, public benefit to the local community.  As the only sixth form college in the Black Country, King Edward VI College is a unique institution, characterised by its vibrant, inclusive and exciting community which serves the educational needs of over 2000 high aspiring 16 – 19 year olds from a variety of cultural and social backgrounds. 

The College is committed to continually improving its already outstanding provision.  Our aim is to provide a rigorous, stimulating and enriching educational experience to prepare our students for their next step in life.  This commitment lies at the heart of our mission and values. 

Our mission: to inspire our students to achieve personal and academic excellence 

Our values:  

  1. Develop the whole person
  2. Cultivate curious minds
  3. Promote equality of opportunity
  4. Celebrate diversity
  5. Foster productive partnerships.

 Our strategic priorities are framed within five key areas: 

Strategic priority 1: our students 

Engage, inspire and support students to achieve the highest levels of academic and personal potentials 

Strategic priority 2: our staff 

Nurture individual and collective excellence 

Strategic priority 3: a broad curriculum 

Inspire and challenge students through our specialised curriculum 

Strategic priority 4: building financial resilience 

Maintain our long-term financial viability by achieving maximum effectiveness and efficiency whilst remaining vigilant of our corporate risks 

Strategic priority 5: our partnerships 

Position the College as a prominent partner and leader in both the region and the sector 

The College creates public value by: 

  • Recognising and nurturing potential of students and staff
  • Ensuring student welfare is at the heart of all we do
  • Providing a high-quality A level curriculum to prepare students for their next step
  • Achieving high levels of retention and progression rates
  • Enabling skills acquisition to equip our students to contribute effectively to society
  • Developing personal confidence and resilience amongst our students
  • Nurturing high aspirations to support intellectual, creative and personal development
  • Engaging in a range of local, regional and national partnerships and collaborative ventures
  • Promoting fund raising, volunteering and community involvement
  • Encouraging active citizenship and engagement
    • Actively promoting the values of equality, diversity and inclusion within the community
    • Supporting and continually developing staff
    • Contributing to the local community as an employer
    • Due to our location as a town centre site with over 2,300 employees and students, the College makes a significant contribution to local business and the local economy
    • Strengthening our presence in the town and in the local community by offering our facilities for community events
    • Being an efficient, effective and sustainable college 

The Board of Governors regularly scrutinise the effectiveness of the College in achieving its aims and in its contribution to public value.  Evidence of the College’s quality and effectiveness can be accessed via: 

  • Annual strategic and quality improvement plans
  • Published accounts
  • Achievement results in published performances tables
  • Public records and minutes of Board meetings
  • Ofsted inspection reports
  • Student and staff surveys 

The governors of the College will review and update this public value statement as part of its regular review of the College’s strategic plan.

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