Governors Information

The Chair of Governors is Ali England.

Her official email address is

The Vice Chair of Governors is Rachel Butterworth.

Her official email address is

Introduction and purpose

Bassingbourn Community Primary School has a strong and enthusiastic governing body that is committed to supporting the school to continue to prosper, improve and grow, and thereby to provide the best possible quality of learning experience for the children we serve. This involves supporting the head teacher and staff while at the same time questioning existing practice in a constructive approach.

Ali England
Chair of Governors

Ali England

I have over 20 years' of senior leadership working in a range of large primary schools in challenging circumstances. I am currently Director of School Improvement, for a trust in Peterborough. Prior to this I gained extensive experience as Headteacher, Head of School Support for a Local Authority and Head of Safeguarding for a large trust of over 60 schools.

As chair of governors, I am focused on ensuring the educational outcomes for all our children at Bassingbourn and driving the school improvements to the benefit of the whole school community.

I am a grandmother to two boys one of which attends our school.

Rachel Butterworth
Vice Chair

Rachel Butterworth

I have been working in education for over twenty years, and I have worked across primary, secondary, state and independent schools as a teacher and for the last 15 years as a teaching SENCo. I moved to work for the local authority two years ago as specialist teacher for the Strategic SEND Support Team, where my work is varied working with schools to develop and improve their SEN provision. I am passionate about education and those most vulnerable in our education system and have a master’s degree in Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and I am a specialist teacher and assessor for SpLDs including dyslexia. I am a lifetime learner and I am currently studying for a foundation degree in professional coaching. Personally, my father and sister are deaf, and I had two brothers who lived with severe and profound learning disabilities up until their deaths, so I always say I have lived what the families of children with special educational needs are going through. On another note, I am an avid reader, love the theatre and the cinema and have two special needs cats – one of whom is also deaf.

Richard Barker

Richard Barker

My two boys currently attend Bassingbourn Primary school. I have a number of relevant experiences and skills which I feet are beneficial for the role of a parent governor.

I attended many different infant and primary schools (as my parents often moved for work), and later a military secondary school (Navy) where I was an active member of the RAF cadets section.

I have a Maths degree and am a Chartered Accountant. I have worked for over 15 years in Financial Services and am currently a Finance Director leading a team that operates out of the UK and lndia.

ln my free time, I enjoy reading; particularly classic literature and history. I also enjoy watching my boys play football and rugby, and during the summer months I often help to coach their cricket teams.

I have always had a passion for learning new things. After completing my accounting qualification, I chose to learn ltalian and achieved an A-Level. During the 2020 lockdown, I embraced a life-long desire to learn to play the guitar and am currently having lessons. 

As a parent governor, I look forward to contributing to the success of the school.

Lesley Bond

Lesley Bond

My name is Lesley Bond and we have lived in Bassingbourn for over 40 years. Our children attended Bassingbourn Primary School. I have a heart for community and a belief in local education wherever possible. I believe that all children should have access to quality learning which they can enjoy.

As a trained teacher in Biology, I have taught every age group from 5 to 85; from being a regular supply teacher in the primary school to evening classes for adults in Bassingbourn, teaching secondary school science and in the last 20 years adult basic skills, computing and life skills locally.

Tracey Potter

Tracey Potter

My name is Tracey Potter and I have lived in Bassingbourn for 15 months, in fact I live in the old schoolhouses adjacent to the school. As a newcomer to the village, I am keen to get involved in village life and have recently become a Parish Councillor in Bassingbourn. I am currently employed as a Bank Director in London with a commitment to attend the office once a week. The Bank actively encourages us to volunteer within our communities and offer us time off work to support this. Whilst working for a previous employer I was a school governor at a school based in Tower Hamlets, which I found very rewarding despite the challenge of being a multi-national school. As a grand-mother and an aunt to young children I am still actively involved in their school lives which I enjoy. Should I be successful in becoming a school governor I would look forward to supporting the school, staff and pupils in the future.

Andrew Ives

Andrew Ives

I live in Bassingbourn, with my three children attending Bassingbourn Primary School, and work full-time for a satellite communications company based in London.

I have a keen interest in ensuring that the school maintains a high standard of education and continues to ensure the children’s wellbeing. Becoming a parent governor provides me with an opportunity to contribute to the long-term strategy and direction of the school.

I am particularly interested to contribute to the way that science and mathematics are taught at the school, whilst also keen to understand how phonics and English teaching should progress. I am also interested in the range of extra-curricular activities available to the children.

From my background working for a multi-national company, I believe I bring valuable experience into the parent governor role, including being able to work effectively with different stakeholder groups, providing an objective overview, and supporting the assessment of school performance and future direction and planning.

Fiona Fletcher
Leanne Ralph

Leanne Ralph

As a dedicated educator and parent to five children, all of whom attended Bassingbourn Primary School, I bring a deep-rooted connection to our school community. Residing in the village itself, I have witnessed firsthand the growth and development of our educational environment.

My journey in education began as a teaching assistant, where I cultivated a passion for nurturing young minds. Now, as a Year 3 teacher, I am privileged to continue this journey, instilling a love for learning in our students every day. 

With a personal and professional commitment to the success of Bassingbourn Primary School, I am honored to serve as a school governor, advocating for the best interests of our students, staff, and community.

Sharon Waldron

Sharon Waldron

I started my career as a teacher of science back in 1990 in a secondary school where I taught Biology across the school including up to A level. I have also taught in Middle Schools (Year 5 to Year 8) where I had a range of leadership roles including, for example, science subject coordinator, year group leader and Designated Safeguarding Lead. In 2004 I moved to the primary sector and progressed to be a Primary Head teacher in two different schools. I was a headteacher for eleven years, both of my schools were OFSTED good schools.

After spending over 30 years teaching, I chose to leave to become a HMI OFSTED inspector which I did for just over a year. More recently I am an education advisor for Cambridgeshire Virtual School. I hope that sharing this information about my career helps to demonstrate that I have a deep understanding of teaching and learning in schools.  Each of my roles in education has been about providing the best possible education for children. I see my role as a governor for Bassingbourn Primary School as another opportunity to help children to have the best education possible so that they can go on to achieve their potential and lead happy and healthy lives.

Hayley Sipthorp
Peter Calvert
Role of the Governing Body

The Role of the Governing Body is defined nationally as:

Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction. We achieve this by promoting the school in the local community, reviewing policies and deciding the improvement priorities for the annual development plan. 

Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff. To do this, the Governing Body sets ambitious targets for the school to achieve, monitors the school's progress towards these aims, and formally evaluates the annual outcomes. 

Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent. We do this principally through the work of the Resources Committee which monitors financial planning and expenditure, and ensures that best value is obtained from the resources available to the school.

We achieve these responsibilities through the work of the two committees and through the personal knowledge, expertise and contribution of individual governors.

How the Governing Body Works

The full governing body meets at least once a term, with the agenda covering a many different facets of school development, for example, budgets, policy reviews, staffing and the progress that pupils and plans are making.

Much of the detailed work of the governing body is carried out in two sub-committees which meet regularly. Depending on their terms of reference their work may include:

  • the review and drafting of policies;
  • the monitoring and review of performance;
  • the preparation of reports and advice to the governing body;
  • advising, planning and consulting with the head teacher;
  • ensuring compliance with school policy, legal and regulatory obligations;
  • carrying out initiatives to further the development of the school under the school plan.

Approved minutes of the meetings of the governing body are available for consultation via the school office, as are all the school policy documents. Information of a personally sensitive nature is kept confidential.

All governors are happy to be approached directly. The Governing Body is a corporate body and as such individual governors are unable to make decisions, however governors will ensure that concerns are raised through the correct channels.

If you need contact details please ask at the school office or correspondence may be passed via the Clerk to the Governing body. Informal communications with a sub committee may be made via the contacts page on this website.