Are you a member of our local community, who would like the opportunity to gain a valuable insight into how the College operates whilst sharing your skills to progress and advance the school for the future? 

Would you like to be part of a team that is shaping and driving improvement in the education and experiences of young people in our community?

Sawston Village College is seeking to expand the skill-base and capacity of its Local Governing Body. If you possess expertise in the areas of Human Resources, Legal or Business Enterprise, and would be interested in joining our Governing Body as a Trust Governor, please contact the Clerk to the Governors via the email link below.

Clerk to the Governors email address:

Anglian Learning and Sawston Village College are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  Appointments will be subject to a satisfactory reference and an Enhanced DBS check.

Anglian Learning and Governance

From the 1 September 2016, Sawston Village College has formed Anglian Learning, a multi academy trust, together with Bottisham Village College, Bassingbourn Village College and Netherhall School and Sixth Form.  Further details of the Anglian Learning trust, including information relating to the Trust Board, financial control and the objectives of the group can be found here

In addition to the Trust Board, the College’s work is also overseen by the Local Governing Body.  This group, which is comprised of a wide range of expertise and stakeholder representation, acts within the framework established by the Anglian Learning trust board and within the terms of the scheme of delegation which can be found here

The current members of the Local Governing Body at Sawston Village College are as follows:

Parent Governors (elected by parental ballot)

Mrs S Franklin

Mrs Franklin has been a Parent Governor at Sawton Village College since 2014.  Secretary of Great Shelford Tennis Club since 2014.  Coordinator of the junior learn to row programme at City of Cambridge Rowing Club since 2015.  Having had 30 years experience working in the financial sector, Mrs Franklin is now a financial services consultant, currently working for a small broker in London where her role is predominantly to be responsible for the onboarding of clients into the foreign exhange trading operation.  Mrs Franklin has two daughters, one of whom has completed her 5 years at Sawston Village College and is on her way to sixth form college, and the other is about to commence her GCSE studies in year 10 at Sawston Village College.  

Dr N Morant

Professional background: University Lecturer in Psychology / Mental Health.  Academic and NHS-based research on mental health, including development and evaluation of treatments and services for children, young people and adults. 

Mr C Sausman

Colin Sausman has been a Parent Governor at Sawston Village College since May 2017. He is an economist by training, and has held Director-level positions in the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem), and the Australian Energy Market Commission. Since 2013 he has run his own economic consulting firm, specialising in energy markets and regulation. He has two daughters who are current pupils at Sawston Village College, and his son starts at the College in September 2017. Colin is a product of (and a strong advocate for) state schools, and he has degrees in Economics from St John’s College, Cambridge and the University of Essex. He is also a FA-qualified football coach, and a team manager at Shelford and Stapleford Strikers Football Club.

Staff Governors (elected by staff ballot)

Mrs H Meikle

Mrs Meikle is a Literacy Coordinator/Teaching Assistant at Sawston Village College.  Previous Roles: Recruitment Consultant, Branch Manager, Area Manager

Mrs T Page


Mr J Culpin

Mr Culpin began his teaching career in North London in 1991, having graduated from the University of Surrey where he studied History and English, and following teacher training in Sussex.  In 1998 he moved to a secondary school in Stevenage where he became Head of History and then, simultaneously with this post, Head of Year and PSHE/Citizenship Co-ordinator.  From here, Jonathan took up the post of Assistant Headteacher, then Deputy Headteacher at Sawston Village College before becoming Principal of the school in 2010.  Mr Culpin has also served as Chair of the East and South Cambs Inclusion Partnership, Chair of the Sawston-Linton Locality Heads Group and is a trained Ofsted Inspector. He has also been a member of Cambs School Forum.

Governors appointed by the Board of Directors of Anglian Learning

Mr B Ashurst

Mr Ashurst had a 30 year career at Ciba Geigy / Hexcel: Engineering / Production Manager with multi million pound budgets, large teams in excess of 300 people.  Last 15 years in family "Domino's Pizza" franchise business, t/o in excess of £15m per annum and staff numbers in excess of 500, business sold in Jan 2016.  Now acting in a consultancy role to Property Company set-up after sale of business and managing £1M conversion of an office building to residential, company owns a number of commercial properties and is now consulting on leases.  Mr Ashurst is also a member of Great Shelford Parish Council.

Mr Robert Bethell

Mr Bethell has been a governor of a secondary school since 2003 and is pleased to have been appointed to the Local Governing Body of Sawston Village College after moving to the local area. Now retired, he began working life as a qualified teacher of mathematics before making a career change to spend thirty years working in the aerospace industry as an engineer and project manager.

Dr S Fitzgerald

Dr Fitzgerald is the CEO of Venture Capital backed Breathing Buildings.  Academic engineering research and teaching at Cambridge University.

Mrs Holly Hurrell

Holly is a former Sawston Village College pupil who went on to graduate from Salford University (Manchester). After qualifying as a Quantity Surveyor she worked for Kier on the Canal & River Trust Contract and Anglian Water AMP6 Alliance. Now back in Cambridge she is currently working as a Senior QS with Skanska UK. Her step-daughter has also recently joined the College after a move to Shelford. As a past pupil of SVC Holly was keen to become a governor to promote and support the development of students in an ever changing curriculum and environment.

Mr D Lamkin

Mrs Polly Stanton (Chair of Governors)

Mrs Stanton is a Governor at Sawston Village College and Gt & Lt Shelford VA Primary School.  Retired but has experience of: teaching (KS3-KS5 Maths), administration (including finance), school governance (primary and secondary), LA Advisory Governor scheme, Diocesan Board of Education, LA CYP Committee, LA Admissions Forum, church and community organisations.

Mr Mark Dawe (Associate Member)


If you wish to speak to a Governor, or to enquire about possible vacancies on the Governing Body of the College, in the first instance please contact the Chair of Governors via Graham Whiting, Clerk to the Governing Body at

If you wish to make a complaint about an aspect of the College’s performance, please refer to the ‘Complaints Policy‘ within Key Policies on the website.

Sawston Village College Academy Trust

Prior to forming Anglian Learning, the College was a standalone academy trust and was responsible for its own performance and financial compliance.  Please find below details of the work of the Academy Trust in the period 2014-16.

Role of a School Governor

Annual Report to Governors June 2016

Code of Practice for SVC Academy Governors

Safeguarding Governor Role Description

Procedures for the Election of Parent and Staff Governors

Governing Body Composition and meeting attendance 2017-2018

Governing Body Composition and Meeting Attendance 2016-17

Governing Body Composition and Meeting Attendance 2015-16

Governing Body Declarations of Interests 2014-15

Governing Body Declarations of Interests 2015-16

Sawston LGB Membership and Declaration of Interests 2017-18

Sawston LGB Membership and Declaration of Interests 2016-17

SVC LGB Governance and Search Committee Terms of Reference

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