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.
Phil Willcox - Chair of Governors - Parent Governor
Contact: FAO Phil Willcox
Bassingham Primary School
When I said I was interested in becoming a Parent Governor it was to make a difference in the school. I found myself at the school gate grumbling about things and felt that if I cared enough to grumble, the least I could do was do something about it. Now, I find myself with the honour of being Chair of Governors.
I am determined to support both the school and the Governing Body to act in the best interests of our children and to deliver the highest possible levels of education and care possible. The Governing Body is responsible for working with the Headteacher in setting and achieving the schools aims and policies and ensuring appropriate financial management is in place. Before being the chair, I have two years’ experience as a school governor here.
I am married with three children, two of which are still at Bassingham Primary School and my eldest is at secondary school. Professionally, I run a coaching, training and consultancy business that focuses on helping individuals, teams and companies enrich lives. You may see me running around the local villages and I enjoy open water swimming too.
Alison Barnsdale - Vice Chair of Governors - Parent Governor
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.
Financial Auditor of the Aspire Schools Trust serving on the Audit Committee
Retired Bank Manager
Chairman of the Bassingham Parish Council. The Parish Council and Bassingham Primary School work very closely together, I see this link as a vitally important one for both the School and the benefit of the Village and surrounding communities.
Treasurer – Bassingham Village and Playing Field Charity
Member of Bassingham Bridge Club
Part Time Golfer
Supporter of Leicester City FC
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!
I have been a governor at Bassingham Primary School for 23 years, before that I was a governor for 30 years at the now defunct Aubourn Primary School which my 4 children attended. I was a governor of the Robert Pattinson school for 16 years, being privileged to be chairman for 3 years.
At Bassingham my main interest, when we had a committee system, was the pupils and personnel
committee, I was also usually part of the appointments panel, helping to appoint many of the current staff.
I was the North Kesteven District Councillor for the Bassingham ward for 46 years and have been a member of Aubourn and Haddington Parish Council for 50 years. It was for services to Local Government and the community that I was awarded the MBE.
Before retirement, I was a secondary school science teacher both in Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire. I also taught for 2 years in St. John’s Newfoundland where I accompanied my husband soon after we were married.
I think my varied activities have widened the scope of appreciation for the work we do as governors
and my interest continues to be in providing a safe environment for learning, developing social skills and ensuring that all pupils reach their potential.