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Anthony Browne, MP, visits Bassingbourn Village College

On Friday 13th January, Anthony Browne, the Member of Parliament for South Cambridgeshire, visited Bassingbourn Village College. During his visit, Mr Browne had the opportunity to meet with a number of the Student Ambassadors to discuss the projects they have been working on in school.  The Environmental Ambassadors outlined the recycling initiative they had introduced, their ambition for the school to achieve a no single use plastic school policy and the obstacles that would need to be overcome, as well as future plans to plant 60 saplings on the school site. Mr Browne shared how the environment is an issue that he is very passionate about, having previously worked as the environmental editor for both The Observer and The Times prior to becoming an MP.  He explained to the students how the Climate Change Act commits the UK government to have zero emissions by 2050 and it is vital that students, like themselves, educate, understand and drive change to make this happen. Before his meeting with the Student Ambassadors, Mr Browne spent time with the Principal, Ms Poulter, who shared the Bassingbourn Village College core values of Respect, Resilience and Responsibility; emphasising how we feel as a school, the importance of developing leadership skills in students through initiatives such as School Council and Student Ambassadors ensuring students leave as respectful and responsible members of the community.   Ms Poulter, Principal commented: “It was a pleasure to show Mr Browne around the school.  I am very proud of the team here at Bassingbourn Village College and the…

Environmental Conference

Schools discuss vulnerability of the Antarctic at COP27 event On Wednesday 16th November, 9 students from Bassingbourn Village College joined 13 other local schools at Sawston Village College for a special youth COP27 climate conference. Keynote speaker on the day was Dr Simon Morley, from the British Antarctic Survey (BAS).  Dr Morley shared with the conference how the research conducted by BAS informs and reinforces what actions are required to protect the Antarctic as well as the impact this has to the global climate. To understand the complexities of global cooperation, the next segment of the conference was run as if the students were taking part in global negotiations.  Each school was assigned a country and asked to prepare in advance opening arguments on the main environmental issues facing the country, ideas on how they could overcome them, as well as make a request of an allocation from the Climate Resilience Fund of £100billion.  Countries then voted on what proposals they would consider.  Bassingbourn Village College, represented Bangladesh, and reached the final five proposals. However, when it came to the required unanimous decision, all five were unable to achieve a unanimous vote.  Dr Morley, explained to the students that this is a current challenge facing global cooperation with climate decisions and allocation of resources, and that all countries have to agree but very rarely do. The final stage of the conference was to provide the students with the opportunity to discuss how they can impact change to their own communities.  Students explored ideas such as recycling initiatives and green…

Anglian Learning crowned winners at National Awards

East Anglian multi-academy trust, Anglian Learning, has been crowned the joint winner of the “Outstanding governance in a multi-academy trust” award at the National Governance Association’s (NGA) Outstanding Governance Awards 2021. The biennial awards recognise the contributions of governors, trustees and governance professionals to the education of children and young people.  The winners of the awards were unveiled at a celebratory event on Thursday 9th September at the House of Commons, attended by representatives from nominated schools and trusts. Jonathan Culpin, CEO of Anglian Learning, said; I could not be prouder of our fantastic governance team.  Despite a challenging year in education they have maintained exceptional standards, consistently pushing boundaries of what governance can and should be.  This is a phenomenal achievement for our Trust and I am extremely grateful to all those who have volunteered their time to make Anglian Learning the Trust it is today – this award is for you.” Claire Lawton, Chair of Trustees at Anglian Learning, continued; “On behalf of all trustees, governors and governance professionals across the Trust, I would like to thank the NGA for this award, recognising our passion and determination for outstanding governance.  My thanks goes to all of our governance leaders for their contribution to our success in achieving this award, reflecting as it does the commitment and professionalism of all who lead and support our schools. We are incredibly proud of Anglian Learning and look forward to continuing to develop our practice each year to ensure we can continue to excite, inspire and empower…

The history of BVC

Bassingbourn Village College was delighted to be included in The Cambridgeshire Village Colleges Heritage Project delivered by Viva Arts and Community Group. This project garnered personal stories from village colleges across the country, exploring the impact our village colleges had on communities they became a part of.  But did you know that village colleges were a thoroughly Cambridgeshire invention inspired by the poverty within the country almost a century ago? The Village College concept was developed by Henry Morris, who became Secretary of Education for Cambridgeshire in 1922.  At this time there were no separate secondary schools in rural areas and as result children of all ages were taught together in their village schoolhouse, often in one classroom by one teacher.  Morris was determined to change the education across Cambridgeshire.  In 1924 he published his Village College Memorandum that set out how things could be improved by the Village College concept. Morris’ vision was that the village colleges would be schools and community facilities at the same time. They would become focal points in their villages where people of all ages came to learn, to mix, to be entertained and even get babies weighed. Henry Morris didn’t just create village colleges that were big schools – he created community education. Bassingbourn Village College is extremely proud of its history and this project was wonderful to be a part of – did you know we had a school song?  The film created is definitely worth a watch: https://cambsvc.org.uk/film/

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