Publication Scheme


Adopting a publication scheme is a requirement of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. This Act promotes greater openness and accountability across the public sector by requiring all public authorities to make information available proactively, through a publication scheme. Public authorities are defined in the Act and include universities, further education colleges and sixth form colleges.

What is a Publication Scheme?

This publication scheme describes the information Winstanley College publishes, or intends to publish. In this context, ‘publish’ means to make information available, routinely. The scheme is not a list of the actual publications, because this will change as new material is published or existing material revised. It is, however, Winstanley College’s commitment to make available the information described.  This publication scheme also makes clear how the information described can be accessed and whether or not charges will be made.

Information about the college

Winstanley College was incorporated on 1st April 1993 in response to the Further and Higher Education Act 1992 (FHEA). We are a large sixth form college with over 2000 16-19 year olds enrolled and the College offers a wide range of A level options.  There are also c50 students enrolled on a full time Art Foundation programme.  The College is located within the borough of Wigan near its borders with Lancashire and St Helens.  The Principal is Ms Louise Tipping and the Chair of Governors is Mr James Pearson.  As with all staff, the Principal and Chair of Governors can be contacted through the College.

The Governing Body

The Governing Body under its Articles of Government, in summary, is responsible for the financial solvency of the institution, the proper use of public funds and for ensuring effective management.  Governors are also responsible for the College’s Mission, its educational character and the quality of the service to its students and their welfare.  Information regarding the composition and work of the Governing Body, including the Code of Conduct for members of the Governing Body, can be accessed on the College’s website.  Minutes of Board and Committee meetings, excluding material that is properly considered to be confidential, are also available from the website.

The Management Team

Senior management at Winstanley College comprises the Principal and Vice-Principal (the Principalship) working with the Senior Management Team (SMT) as the key decision-making body.   The current post holders are:

  • Louise Tipping, Principal
  • Debbie Owen, Deputy Principal
  • Conor Edwards, Director of Finance & Resources
  • Victoria Morgan, Assistant Principal
  • Alan Willis, Assistant Principal
  • Mike Woods, Support Services Director

Student activities and associations

The government publishes comparative performance data for schools and colleges relating to student exam performance and destinations.  Please click below for more informationDFE website

The College's finances

The College produces a financial forecast for the funding agency (Education and Skills Funding Agency).  The College’s annual financial statements for the current and previous three years and the financial regulations are all also available on the website.  Additional benchmarking data is published by the funding agency.

Funding agency

Terms and Conditions of Employment

The Board of Governors is responsible for setting a framework for the terms and conditions of employment for all staff.  In effect, this means that teachers and support staff are employed in accordance with the nationally agreed terms and conditions of employment as negotiated between the recognised trades union and the Sixth Form Colleges Association.  Senior Post Holders’ terms and conditions of employment are set by the Board of Governors.

Strategic Planning

The College’s Self Assessment Report is shared with the funding agency every year.  The summary plan and report can be accessed via the College’s website as can the students’ results and destinations for the last three years.  In addition the College’s 2004, 2007 and 2020 Ofsted reports can be accessed via Ofsted’s website on  The College’s Annual Report is published at the end of the spring term and is available on the governance area of the college website.

Policies and Practices

Current written protocols, policies and procedures for delivering our services and responsibilities are all available via the website including but not limited to:

  • Equality and Diversity Strategy
  • Safeguarding and Child Protection Procedures
  • ealth Safety and Welfare
  • Estate management
  • Complaints Procedure
  • Data protection and GDPR
Should any enquirer be unable to access the website the College will provide the information in electronic form or a format that suits the enquirer’s disability.  
No charge will be made for information accessed via the website or via email.  Where appropriate, the College will expect administration, printing and postage costs to be covered by the enquirer.

Contact should be made with

Conor Edwards (Director of Finance & Resources) at the College


Date of last review: December 2018

Date of next review: December 2021