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)

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.

Mr H Thomas

Staff Governors (elected by staff ballot)

Mrs J Carman

Mr A Sutton



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

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 R 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

Mrs S Franklin

Mrs Franklin was previously a Parent Governor at SVC.  Having had 30 years’ experience working in the financial sector, Mrs Franklin is now a consultant working for a financial services broker in London.

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.


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

Annual Report to Governors 2019

Code of Practice for SVC Academy Governors

Safeguarding Governor Role Description

Governing Body Composition and meeting attendance 2018-2019 25 June 19

Sawston LGB Membership and Declaration of Interests 2018-19

Sawston LGB Membership and Declaration of Interests 2019-20

SVC LGB Governance and Search Committee Terms of Reference

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