Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.
Bassingham Primary School is supported by a well qualified, hard working group of governors. Governors have responsibility for setting the strategic aims, ethos and direction of the academy; monitoring and evaluating its performance; and determining the resources required to achieve the best possible outcomes for its pupils and the community. Please find below our governing body details and key documentation.
Our governors can be contacted via the Governing Body Clerk via the school office.
Alison Barnsdale - Acting Chair of Governors - Parent Governor
Contact: FAO Alison Barnsdale
Bassingham Primary School
I have 2 children currently attending Bassingham Primary School, and through this, I gain a great insight into the day to day workings of the school and everything it provides – both educationally but also socially and emotionally. It gives me the ability to bring the “customer” perspective to the discussions on how the school should develop.
I am a Chartered Surveyor, with over 20 years working experience (although I am currently taking a career break), most of that in corporate environments managing commercial property assets. It has always involved working in, or managing teams of people with varying skills, all to deliver a common goal, which are skills I hope I bring to my role as Governor. I don’t have any previous experience in the education sector, and becoming a Governor has led me to have a much greater appreciation for the hard work that all of our staff at Bassingham put in, to enrich our children’s education.
I was appointed a Governor in 2018, just as Bassingham Primary School joined the Aspire Schools Trust, so it has been an interesting and exciting time for both the School and the Trust. I am pleased to contribute to helping the integration of the School with the Trust, and seeing us maximise our benefits from joining. I hope that my relative newness to the role brings a fresh perspective to it.
I am now also responsible for Safeguarding on behalf of the Governing Body, which is at the crux of all that we do – providing a safe and caring environment for each child to flourish within the school community.
Being a Governor is a fulfilling, interesting and sometimes a challenging role, and I am pleased to be able to contribute back to the school community that gives my children so much. Outside of this, most of my time is spent running or walking dogs, however I’m now gaining a greater appreciation for football, rugby and dance thanks to my children’s extra curricular activities!
I have twelve years’ experience as a School Governor having been a Governor at Bassingham Primary for the past 8 years with 4 years served previously at a Primary School in Cambridgeshire. I have recently been appointed as a Director of the Aspire Schools Trust, formed by Sir William Robertson Academy and Bassingham Primary School where I will aim to bring value and guidance to all Schools within the Trust as it grows and develops.
I am married with three children, all are still in full time education – one studying in Further Education, one in Secondary Education and my youngest being in Primary Education. The day job sees me as a Company Director in the Print and IT Industry, an industry I have worked in approaching 30 years. Interests outside work include cycling, and running and I can regularly be found at the City Ground as a frustrated Nottingham Forest supporter and at Sincil Bank enjoying the current successes of Lincoln City.
I was first elected as Parent Governor 5 years ago having been chairman of Bassingham School’s PTA for 3 years before that. My original reason for becoming a governor was to offer my help and support to the staff of the school who are doing a fantastic job of teaching our children.
My experience as owner and director of a small business employing 50 staff locally has given me some very useful experience in managing a business’s finance, it’s staff and the premises that the business runs from. A school is very similar to a factory, except that it “makes” children instead of widgets. It still has staff, needs financing and has a property.
I have been heavily involved in supporting the Schools Premises and Health and Safety objectives serving as Committee Chair. Running a school is about so much more than just education. Even before becoming an academy, the school’s staff have to deal with everything from heating and cleaning the building, organising contractors to trim the hedges, working out what repairs and refurbishment needs to be carried out to the premises and even installing broadband. The staff are trained as teachers, not as facilities managers and so my role on the Premises and Safety Committee is to support our staff in managing these processes using experience from outside a school environment to get the best value for money from our assets and any contractors working for us.
Both my children have thoroughly enjoyed being at Bassingham Primary and have prospered there with some incredible teaching in great surroundings. My hope is that Bassingham School will continue to prosper for the future; turning out great children who are well mannered, well educated and ready for the next stage in their lives. I hope I do my bit to help.
I have been a Governor for just over a year now and have enjoyed the experience so far. I am in my fourth as a Teacher year at Bassingham Primary School and have taught both Year 3 and Year 4 during this period.
Out of school, I enjoy going to the gym and also eating cake! I have a passion for Formula 1 and because of this I have been lucky enough to attend races at Silverstone. I adore cats and kittens and around school I am often referred to as the cat lady!
After leaving Nottingham University 31 years ago I began teaching as a nursery teacher in a large primary school in central London. Since I have taught all age groups from Early Years to end of Key Stage 2 and I have worked as a senior leader for the past 14 years. Throughout my career I have trained teachers as a fellow of Goldsmiths and Edge Hill universities, worked as a local authority consultant and advisor and I have had opportunities to work at national level and most recently with an outstanding primary school in Nottingham.
My family and I relocated home to Lincolnshire in 2015. After commuting to London for over 6 years I have retired from teaching to enjoy the birds sing and the flowers grow, for now.
Throughout my career I have been a governor in both mainstream and special school settings. I have had the privilege to be a governor at Sir William Robertson Academy since my son joined the school in Year 7. My specific foci in the setting are Safeguarding, Child Protection and Pupil Premium. I am looking forward to getting to know the Bassingham Primary School community and supporting Mr. Betts and the governing body in any way I can.
After leaving school (many years ago) I qualified and worked as an electrician and then later worked for British Telecommunications PLC. After 10 years working in industry, I quit my job to go to university and complete a degree in education.
As a newly qualified teacher, I began my teaching career at Sir William Robertson Academy and after 25 years, I’m still at the same school where my currently post is deputy head teacher responsible for curriculum and achievement. During my time at this school, I have been involved in a variety of strategic school partnerships including both secondary and primary schools and this has given me valuable experience of the diversity of needs of individual schools and how solutions can be achieved through collaboration and innovation.
I am delighted to have joined the governing body at Bassingham and I look forward to working alongside the school community and supporting in any way I can. Having previously been a governor at a similar sized rural Lincolnshire Primary School near Sleaford, I understand the many challenges that we face and hope that my experience of working in Lincolnshire education will enable me to offer a good level of challenge and support to the school leadership team.