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Notice of Poll – one parent governor vacancy

Election of ONE Parent Governor – November 2017


Below are the details of the procedures which govern the method of voting for a Parent Governor.

Number of vacancies for Parent Governors on the Governing Body – ONE

List of candidates (in alphabetical order):

  • Simon Lambert
  • Jess Lievesley

No parent shall be able to cast more than one vote

A vote shall be cast by placing a cross next to the candidate’s name.  No other marks should be made on the paper.   One ballot paper was enclosed with the hard copy of this letter given to students today (29th November).   If parents need a further ballot paper by hard copy, then please contact reception.   An electronic copy of the ballot paper can be downloaded here – Ballot Paper

Completed ballot papers should be placed in a sealed envelope signed by the voter over the seal. As the Principal is required to keep a record of the returned ballot papers, parents who return these by post (and those whose signature is not easily readable) are asked to print their names clearly on the envelope.

To ensure a secret ballot, it is a requirement that parents seal their ballot papers in an inner unmarked envelope, which should then be placed in an outer envelope signed on the back by the voter.

Ballot papers should be returned to the Clerk of the Governing Body before 3.30pm on 6th December 2017. Ballot papers received after date, for whatever reason, will not be counted. The Principal will supervise the count which will take place at 12.00 noon on 7th December and has appointed Mrs S Smith, Clerk to the Governing Body to assist.

Ballot papers may be returned via a student, by post or by the voter in person. A ballot box will be placed in Reception, at the front of the College.

The Principal, as supervisor of the count, shall decide upon the admissibility of any questionable ballot paper.

The candidate with the highest number of votes shall be declared to be elected, i.e. the decision will be by a simple majority of votes cast.

In the event of an equality of votes, the Principal shall hold a recount. The candidates shall be invited to attend in the event of a tie. If the equality is maintained, the Principal shall decide by lot.

The results of the election will be notified on 7th December via the website and Parentmail.

All papers concerning the election shall be kept in a safe place for a period of six calendar months after the election.

The elected parents shall take up office immediately after the election.

Thank you for your co-operation. The Ballot paper is enclosed, together with a statement by each of the candidates.

Yours sincerely

Mr D Cooper


CANDIDATES’ STATEMENTS (in alphabetical order)

NAME: Mr Simon Lambert

I have a wife and daughter at Bassingbourn Village College. My daughter is in year 11 and currently doing her GCSEs. My wife Joanne teaches technology. As such, I’m keen to play a part in helping to ensure that the school is heading in the right direction strategically, not just for their benefit but for the many that will surely follow. Our children are the most important young people in the world and I want to do everything in my power to prepare them for life outside the classroom. In today’s technologically evolved and ever advancing world it’s more important than ever to make sure that decisions made in school governing bodies are aligned with the knowledge and skills needed in today’s modern workplace. Working in IT I see first-hand just how large the skills gaps are in this country and I want to be a part of the process that will help to change that.

I see and hear about the challenges faced in schools today, sometimes from friends, sometimes from my daughter, sometimes from my wife. If I can play even a small part in making the future of Bassingbourn Village College even brighter, I’m happy to roll up my sleeves and get stuck in.

NAME: Mr Jess Lievesley

Having originally trained as Nurse in Cambridge, I am perhaps unsurprisingly passionate about the health and wellbeing of children and believe our school plays a crucial role in not only our children’s academic development, as well as supporting them to reach their wider potential.

With one son already at Bassingbourn Village College and another due to start Year 7 next September my wife and I are personally committed to the future of our school.  I believe that my experience of working in the NHS over the last 25 years, and my current role as an Executive Director within a Mental Health and Learning disability NHS Trust, gives me a strong grounding about developing services affected by government policy, competing priorities and financial constraints.

If chosen to be one of the school governors, I believe I can offer a perspective and support to the school that is able to balance the varied demands a school faces, together with striving to ensure excellent learning opportunities for pupils.  I want to see the school grow from strength to strength whilst supporting our children to become well rounded people, academically and socially.



Bassingbourn Village College is a member of the Anglian Learning multi academy trust, working with like-minded schools, leaders and teachers, to make a difference to the lives of our young people.

Bassingbourn Village College is fortunate to be served by a forward looking and proactive governing body whose key roles can be summarised as follows:

  • To provide a strategic view of where the school is heading. This is achieved by reviewing policies and deciding the priorities for improvement to be included in the school improvement plan.
  • To act as a critical friend to the school. A critical friend offers support, constructive advice, a sounding board for ideas, a second opinion on proposals and help where needed. But a critical friend may also challenge, ask questions, seek information, improve proposals and seek to arrive at the best solution for all concerned.
  • To hold the school to account for the educational standards it achieves and the quality of education it provides. Setting targets for the school to achieve in light of national and local targets and then formally evaluating outcomes lie at the heart of this aspect of the governing body’s role.
    • The responsibilities have to exercise in partnership with the Principal and staff.
    • Governors should not intervene in the day-to-day running of the school.
    • When there are weaknesses in the school they have a duty to take action.

BVC Governors have introduced a series of measures intended to enhance communications between the Governing Body and members of Bassingbourn Village College and community. These measures include:

  • Publication of Full Governing Body Meeting Agendas one week prior to meetings.
  • Publication of agreed Minutes of those meetings.
  • Summaries of Committee meetings published in the Heron.
  • An invitation to parents/carers to email Governors with questions or concerns they may have in relation to the work of Governing Body. Please email governor@bassingbournvc.netto contact our Governing Body.
  • A Governor presence at College Parent Consultation Evenings and Parents in Partnership Evenings, enabling you to meet with us should you wish to do so.
  • We would like to encourage feedback from parents and carers. We greatly value your contribution, and are keen to work with you in support of a caring and thriving college community.

Current membership of the governing body is as follows: To contact our Governing Body by email, please use the email address: governor@bassingbournvc.net For details of agenda items for discussion at the upcoming Full Governing Body meetings, please see the tab opposite.

Staff Governors (inc. Headteacher)
Mr D Cooper (Principal)
Mrs R Dix-Pincott
Mr P Bolton


Parent Governors
Mr S Saggers
Mr S Morris (Chair)


Trust Appointed Governors
Mr K Murphy
Mr C Roope
Mrs S Speller
Mr G Lynn
Mr D Chetty
Mrs A Butterworth


Clerk to the Governing Body
Mrs S Smith


To view the Governing Body composition and attendance at meetings either view the page: Governing Body composition and information, or download in PDF format :

Bassingbourn Village College

South End, Bassingbourn, Royston, Hertfordshire, SG8 5NJ

01763 242344