Formerly City College Brighton and Hove and Northbrook College

Freedom of information

Freedom of information

1. Introduction

The Corporation of GB MET has adopted the model Publication scheme for FE Colleges. The Publication Scheme expresses the commitment of the Board of Governors to meeting its statutory duties under the Freedom of Information Act and the policy standards of openness and accountability expressed within its Policy Statement on Information Governance.

2. General Principles

2.1 The information below indicates where documents may be obtained, e.g:

  • on the College website
  • published by others; OFSTED, Skills Funding Agency, etc.
  • via a link from the Scheme of Publication
  • in paper or electronic copy, through application to GB MET

2.2 This is not an exhaustive list but indicative of the types of document held. There are documents which are not available on the website because they:

  • are constantly being updated,
  • are very large, 
  • are of minority interest 
  • contain some exempt information and will need to be individually amended in order not to compromise the reader, 
  • will remain on paper only. 

Governance Adviser

Greater Brighton Metropolitan College

West Durrington Campus

Littlehampton Road

Worthing

West Sussex, BN12 6NU

Email: jenny.brooker@gbmc.ac.uk


3. Obtaining Information

3.1 Information which is on the website where the copyright does not rest with another organisation is free to read and print.

3.2 Information which is held electronically but is not on the website can normally be supplied by email and there is usually no charge (unless shown otherwise, or unless you request part, amended or multiple documents).

3.3 The College reserves the right to charges for information if the cost of determining, locating, retrieving and extracting it is expected to exceed appropriate limits as defined by the Information Commissioner. Staff time will be charged at £25 per hour and other disbursements will be charged at cost.

3.4 Information which is not available on the Internet or freely available in the College Receptions or from other public buildings in the city, can be obtained by written application to the relevant College Department, or to the FOI Officer at:

3.5 Applications for documents for which there is a charge should be accompanied by the correct fee in sterling for each document in the form of a cheque drawn on a UK-based bank, or as postal order, crossed and payable to Greater Brighton Metropolitan College.

4. Quality Assurance

4.1 If you receive no response within 20 working days you should query this in case your application has not been received.

4.2 The reply will serve as your receipt unless you specify otherwise.

4.3 If the College experiences genuine difficulties in locating or reproducing your document, the College will contact you to explain the delay / non availability.

4.4 It will also contact you if it finds that the information you request is exempt or can only be released to you upon proof that you are the entitled recipient.

4.5 In all instances GB MET will take reasonable steps to meet your request for information in the spirit of the Act.

5. Further Assistance

5.1 If a document you require is not shown in this guide please contact the Freedom of Information Manager. Some information may in some circumstances be exempt from disclosure.

5.2 If GB Metropolitan College is not able to help you, or you would like further information about the information which you may obtain, contact –

The Information Commissioner

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

Who we are and what we do

1.1 Legal framework 

  • Instrument & Articles of Governance  - Click here to visit our Governor policies page.
  • Legal Status – conferred by the Further and Higher Education Act 1992
  • Charitable status - The college is an exempt charity under the powers conferred by the Further and Higher Education Act 1992.

1.2 How the College is organised

• Introduction to the College - click here

• Corporation Meetings - click here 

• College Policies - Click here to access our College policies page

• List of Governors - Click here to visit our Governor biographies page

• Governing Body & Committee Structure - Click here to access our Terms of Reference page

• Standing Orders - Click here to access

• Register of Interests for Governors - on request from clerk@gbmc.ac.uk


1.3 Lists of and information relating to organisations it works in partnership with any companies wholly owned by it

See websites of individual organisations:

  • Skills Funding Agency and Education Funding Agency
  • Higher Education Funding Council
  • Ofsted
  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
  • DCSF
  • Examining Board
  • Schools
  • Employers
  • Local Authorities
  • Sector Skills Council

1.4 Location and contact details

Website: www.gbmc.ac.uk

Broadwater Campus:

Broadwater Road, Worthing, BN14 8HJ

01903 273456

Central Campus

Pelham St, Brighton, BN1 4FA

01273 667788

West Durrington Campus:

The University Centre Worthing, Littlehampton Road, Worthing BN12 6NU

01903 273060

Shoreham Airport Campus

Shoreham Airport, Shoreham-by-Sea, BN43 5FF

01273 456350

Business Development Centre at Liverpool Gardens

17 Liverpool Gardens, Worthing, BN11 1RY

01903 273114


1.5 Student activities

2. What we spending and how we spend it

2.1 Funding / Income - on request from clerk@gbmc.ac.uk.

  • Annual Budget as approved by Corporation
  • Annual audited financial statements
  • Financial Regulations

2.2 Budgetary and account information on request from clerk@gbmc.ac.uk.

  • Annual audited financial statements
  • Annual budget as approved by Corporation
  • Management accounts as reported to Corporation

2.3 Financial Audit reports on request from clerk@gbmc.ac.uk.

  • Annual financial statements and regularity audit report
  • Annual internal audit report 

2.4 Capital programme on request from clerk@gbmc.ac.uk

  • Minutes of Corporation meetings report progress on capital projects
  • Annual Budget

2.5 Financial regulations and procedures on request from clerk@gbmc.ac.uk

  • Financial Regulations 
  • Annual Report on Senior Post Holders and Governors Expenses

2.6 Staff pay and grading structures

  •     Salary grades and pay - on request

2.7 Register of Suppliers

  • Register of College suppliers contained in the Management Information Systems - on request from clerk@gbmc.ac.uk

2.8 Procurement and tender procedures and report  

2.9 Contracts


How we make decisions

4.1 Minutes from governing body, academic boards and steering groups

4.2 Minutes of staff / student consultation meetings - on request
  • Summary of student rep meetings
4.4 Appointment committees and procedures - on request
  • Recruitment Policies and Procedures
  • Appointment procedures for Governors


What are our priorities and how are we doing?

3.1 Annual Report - on request

3.2 Corporate and Business Plans - Strategic Plan

3.3 Teaching and Learning Strategy - on request from clerk@gbmc.ac.uk

  • Student support and supervision arrangements
  • Tutorial management
  • Lesson observations procedure / feedback

3.4 Academic Quality and Standards - on request from clerk@gbmc.ac.uk

    • Annual Self-Assessment Report 
    • Accreditation and monitoring reports by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies 
    • Assessment appeals
    • Course reviews
    • Internal verification


3.5 External Review Information
  • Course Approval Process - on request

3.6 Corporate Relations

  • Marketing strategy - on request

3.7 Government & Regulatory Report
  • Ofsted Inspection report.- click here

Policies and procedures

Please visit our Policies page here. Any other policies can be requested from clerk@gbmc.ac.uk

6. Lists and registers

We expect this to be information contained only in currently maintained lists and registers

6.1 Any information we are currently legally required to hold in publically available registers 

  • Register of Interests for Staff and Governors - on request from clerk@gbmc.ac.uk

6.2 Asset Registers 

Asset Register - on request from clerk@gbmc.ac.uk


6.3 Disclosure Logs

Freedom of Information / Data Protection - on request from clerk@gbmc.ac.uk


Subcontractor supply chain - fees and charges

The College's subcontractor supply chain - Download here.

The services we offer

7.1 Prospectus and Course Content

7.2 Health Advice

  • Student Handbook
  • Welfare Statement of Service

7.3 Careers Advice

  • Student Handbook

7.4 Chaplaincy Services None

7.5 Services for which the College is entitled to recover a fee (together with those fees)

7.6 Sports and Recreational facilities

  • Student Handbook
  • College Website

7.7 Museums, libraries, special collections and archives

7.8 Conference facilities  - None

7.9 Advice and guidance

7.10 Local Campaigns - None

7.11 Media Releases 


Contact details

FOI Officer  

Greater Brighton Metropolitan College
West Durrington Campus
Littlehampton Road
Worthing
West Sussex
BN12 6NU 

FOI@gbmc.ac.uk