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)

Mr H Thomas

Mr Thomas has been a parent governor since 2018, and has a child in Year 10.  He is an Army Chief of Staff and specialises in Welfare, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, and investigation of Bullying and Harassment. Prior to his transfer to the Army he was a Metropolitan Police Officer for fifteen years.  He read Chemistry and Biochemistry at London University, and was a pupil at Repton School in Derbyshire.

Mrs E Clapp

Mrs Clapp has been a parent governor since December 2020 and has a son in year 9 and a daughter in year 7. She qualified as a solicitor in 2004, working in the commercial property sector with firms in London and Cambridge. She has been a trustee of John Huntingdon's Charity since 2008; chair of Jigsaw Preschool since 2011; as well as being a teaching assistant for 7 years. She read Natural Sciences (Pathology) at St Catharine's College, Cambridge before her studies took her to the College of Law in London.

Staff Governors (elected by staff ballot)

Mr A Sutton

Mr Sutton completed a Physical Education and Geography degree at St John’s College in York before completing a PGCE at Homerton College Cambridge in 1998.  He began his teaching career at Chesterton Community College before moving to Sawston Village College in September 2000 as a PE and Geography teacher.  Mr Sutton gained promotion to Head of PE in 2006 and then completed a number of Acting Roles for the Senior Leadership Team until 2020 when he was appointed Assistant Principal.


Mr J Russell

Mr Russell began his teaching career in Suffolk in 1996, following teacher training at the University of Nottingham.  Prior to this, he studied at universities in Stirling, Kansas (USA) and London, achieving his Masters in 1994.  He joined Sawston Village College as Assistant Headteacher in 2005, having previously been Head of Communications and Media at Sharnbook Upper in Bedfordshire and then Head of English at Impington Village College and Sixth Form Centre in Cambridgeshire for four years.  Promoted to Deputy Headteacher in 2010 and seconded to Bottisham Village College as Acting Principal in 2016, he became Principal of the school in 2018.

Governors appointed by the Board of Directors of Anglian Learning

Ms S Abbs

Ms Abbs has worked in education for over 25 years. She has a background in SEND, behaviour and safeguarding. During her 12 Years at Sawston Village College, where she was initially employed as a pastoral lead and eventually became the colleges Director of Welfare and Inclusion, she was a Designated Safeguarding Lead. In addition to her role (s) at the college she was also the Anglian Learning Safeguarding systems Lead. Ms Abbs left the college in August 2021 to work for the Local Authority as and Education Safeguarding Advisor.

Mr B Ashurst

Mr Ashurst has been a Governor at Sawston Village College since 1988. He is a Chartered Engineer and had a 30 year career at Ciba Geigy/Hexcel as Engineering/Production Manager with multi million pound budgets and large teams in excess of 300 people. On retiring in 2001 he worked within the family retail business which had a turnover exceeding £15m per annum and staff numbers in excess of 500, the business was sold in 2016. Barrie now acts in a consultancy role to the Property Company set-up after the sale of the business.  He is also a member of Great Shelford Parish Council.

Professor R Kerr

Professor Kerr was appointed as a Trust Governor in May 2020 and has two children attending Sawston Village College.  She is Professor of War and Society and Director for Students and Culture in the Department of War Studies at King's College London.  Rachel grew up in Cambridge and attended Impington Village College and Hills Road Sixth Form College before going on to read International History and Politics at the University of Leeds.

Mrs P 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 C Sausman

Mr 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 former pupils at Sawston Village College, and a son in Year 10. 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 Harston Youth Football Club.


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

Sawston Village College Code of Conduct for LGB Governors

Safeguarding Governor Role Description

Sawston LGB Membership and Declaration of Interests 2020-21

Sawston LGB Membership and Declaration of Interests 2021-22

LGB Governing Composition and Meeting Attendance 2020-2021

LGB Governing Composition and Meeting Attendance 2021-2022


Minutes of meetings 2021/22




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