• Duncan Cooper

    Principal of Bassingbourn Village College
    Deputy CEO Anglian Learning

  • Jonathan Culpin

    Principal of Sawston Village College
    Deputy CEO Anglian Learning

  • Jenny Rankine

    Principal of Bottisham Village College

  • Chris Tooley

    Principal of The Netherhall School and Sixth Form

Duncan Cooper

Principal of Bassingbourn Village College
Deputy CEO Anglian Learning


Duncan studied Biology at the University of Leeds which led to his first teaching position in a large comprehensive school in London, eventually becoming Lead Teacher for Science across the London Borough of Hillingdon.

Currently Principal of Bassingbourn Village College, a rapidly improving 11–16 secondary Academy in Cambridgeshire, Duncan was previously Deputy Principal of a small Multi-Academy Trust where he was responsible for the leadership of the Curriculum, Outcomes and Quality Assurance across Primary, Secondary and Post 16 learning phases. Both of these roles have been clearly focused upon improving standards.

For the past five years, Duncan has been a practicing Ofsted Inspector. This has greatly supported his School-to-School support work. He currently supports six secondary schools and two primary schools, and is also supporting an HMI improvement project across Cambridgeshire. For the last eighteen months he has also been a primary school Parent Governor in Suffolk.

Appointed Principal of Bassingbourn Village College in 2013, Duncan is proud of the strong positive ethos that has developed at Bassingbourn, where all students are known as individuals and where each student enjoys an education that focuses on their own individual skills, strengths and aptitudes. He believes that education is most successful when the College, the students and their parents form a strong partnership.

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Bassingbourn Village College, South End, Bassingbourn, Hertfordshire, SG8 5SG

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Jonathan Culpin

Principal of Sawston Village College
Deputy CEO Anglian Learning


Jonathan began his teaching career at Ashmole School in North London in 1991, having graduated from the University of Surrey where he studied History and English. In 1998 he moved to a secondary school in Stevenage where he became Head of History and then, simultaneously with this post, Head of Year and PSHE/Citizenship Co-ordinator. From here, Jonathan took up the post of Assistant Headteacher, then Deputy Headteacher at Sawston Village College before becoming Principal of the school in 2010.

During this period Jonathan has also been Chair of the East and South Cambridgeshire Inclusion Partnership, an Academy representative on Cambridgeshire Schools Forum and is currently a member of the Corporation of Hills Road Sixth Form College. He is a NCTL- designated Local Leader of Education and is also a trained Ofsted Inspector.

Jonathan is passionate about the mission of Sawston Village College which is to unlock potential, create and embrace exceptional opportunities and achieve excellence, based on solid core values. He believes that all members of the College - pupils, learners and staff - can achieve outstanding academic outcomes; value, respect and care for each other; take responsibility to support their school and the wider community; and develop the skills, resilience and confidence to be successful in education, employment and life.

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Sawston Village College, New Road, Sawston, Cambridge, CB22 3BP

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01223 712818

Jenny Rankine

Principal of Bottisham Village College


Jenny has been teaching in a variety of roles at Bottisham Village College for the past 22 years, enjoying the collaboration and friendship of dedicated and talented staff, wonderful students and supportive parents.

She trained as a music teacher at Aberdeen College of Education and started her married life and her first school placement in Fife, Scotland. Moving to Cambridge 2 years later she enjoyed the role of Head of Music in a middle school in Suffolk but missed teaching and working with older students and applied for a job at Bottisham. Starting as Head of Music in the old sewing rooms at the back of the school site, Jenny has fond memories of annual musicals such as West Side Story, Grease and Little Shop of Horrors.

Jenny’s interest in using research led to studying for a Master’s in Education with Cambridge University Faculty of Education. This evolved into further work with the faculty working internationally with teachers in Kazakhstan over a period of 4 years on a school improvement action-research project.

As deputy principal for the past 3 years she has been very involved with student wellbeing, inclusion and students with special needs as well as being Head of Lower school.

She feels both privileged to be the Principal of such a wonderful school and excited to be entering a new and unique phase within Anglian Learning and impending 17 million pound capital build project.

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Bottisham Village College, Lode Road, Bottisham, Cambridgeshire, CB25 9DL

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01223 811250​

Chris Tooley

Principal of The Netherhall School and Sixth Form


Born in Bury St Edmunds, Chris has taught in Cambridgeshire throughout his career. He studied for a Bachelor of Education degree with Natural Sciences at Cambridge before starting teaching at Soham Village College in 1990. There he qualified as an Advanced Skills Teacher in Science and authored five texts used in primary and secondary schools.

nIn 1998 Chris completed his Masters degree in Education at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, before becoming Assistant Principal at Soham. In 2005 Chris gained promotion to Deputy Principal at Bottisham Village College where he led the development of the school curriculum and the introduction of Information Technology across the school, in addition to working on the development and implementation of the school and parent intranet.

In 2014 Chris became Acting Principal at The Netherhall School and Sixth Form, being appointed as permanent Principal following the school’s conversion to Academy status in March 2016.

Chris’ vision for Netherhall is summed up in the words: Inspiring. Individual. Inclusive. The Netherhall family is committed to offering the broadest opportunities and standards for each member of the school - students, staff and parents.

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The Netherhall School and Sixth Form Centre, Queen Edith's Way, Cambridge, CB1 8NN

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Duncan Cooper

Principal of Bassingbourn Village College
Deputy CEO Anglian Learning

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Duncan studied Biology at the University of Leeds which led to his first teaching position in a large comprehensive school in London, eventually becoming Lead Teacher for Science across the London Borough of Hillingdon.

Currently Principal of Bassingbourn Village College, a rapidly improving 11–16 secondary Academy in Cambridgeshire, Duncan was previously Deputy Principal of a small Multi-Academy Trust where he was responsible for the leadership of the Curriculum, Outcomes and Quality Assurance across Primary, Secondary and Post 16 learning phases. Both of these roles have been clearly focused upon improving standards.

For the past five years, Duncan has been a practicing Ofsted Inspector. This has greatly supported his School-to-School support work. He currently supports six secondary schools and two primary schools, and is also supporting an HMI improvement project across Cambridgeshire. For the last eighteen months he has also been a primary school Parent Governor in Suffolk.

Appointed Principal of Bassingbourn Village College in 2013, Duncan is proud of the strong positive ethos that has developed at Bassingbourn, where all students are known as individuals and where each student enjoys an education that focuses on their own individual skills, strengths and aptitudes. He believes that education is most successful when the College, the students and their parents form a strong partnership.

Jonathan Culpin

Principal of Sawston Village College
Deputy CEO Anglian Learning

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Jonathan began his teaching career at Ashmole School in North London in 1991, having graduated from the University of Surrey where he studied History and English. In 1998 he moved to a secondary school in Stevenage where he became Head of History and then, simultaneously with this post, Head of Year and PSHE/Citizenship Co-ordinator. From here, Jonathan took up the post of Assistant Headteacher, then Deputy Headteacher at Sawston Village College before becoming Principal of the school in 2010.

During this period Jonathan has also been Chair of the East and South Cambridgeshire Inclusion Partnership, an Academy representative on Cambridgeshire Schools Forum and is currently a member of the Corporation of Hills Road Sixth Form College. He is a NCTL- designated Local Leader of Education and is also a trained Ofsted Inspector.

Jonathan is passionate about the mission of Sawston Village College which is to unlock potential, create and embrace exceptional opportunities and achieve excellence, based on solid core values. He believes that all members of the College - pupils, learners and staff - can achieve outstanding academic outcomes; value, respect and care for each other; take responsibility to support their school and the wider community; and develop the skills, resilience and confidence to be successful in education, employment and life.

Jenny Rankine

Principal of Bottisham Village College

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Jenny has been teaching in a variety of roles at Bottisham Village College for the past 22 years, enjoying the collaboration and friendship of dedicated and talented staff, wonderful students and supportive parents.

She trained as a music teacher at Aberdeen College of Education and started her married life and her first school placement in Fife, Scotland. Moving to Cambridge 2 years later she enjoyed the role of Head of Music in a middle school in Suffolk but missed teaching and working with older students and applied for a job at Bottisham. Starting as Head of Music in the old sewing rooms at the back of the school site, Jenny has fond memories of annual musicals such as West Side Story, Grease and Little Shop of Horrors.

Jenny’s interest in using research led to studying for a Master’s in Education with Cambridge University Faculty of Education. This evolved into further work with the faculty working internationally with teachers in Kazakhstan over a period of 4 years on a school improvement action-research project.

As deputy principal for the past 3 years she has been very involved with student wellbeing, inclusion and students with special needs as well as being Head of Lower school.

She feels both privileged to be the Principal of such a wonderful school and excited to be entering a new and unique phase within Anglian Learning and impending 17 million pound capital build project.

Chris Tooley

Principal of The Netherhall School and Sixth Form

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Born in Bury St Edmunds, Chris has taught in Cambridgeshire throughout his career. He studied for a Bachelor of Education degree with Natural Sciences at Cambridge before starting teaching at Soham Village College in 1990. There he qualified as an Advanced Skills Teacher in Science and authored five texts used in primary and secondary schools.

nIn 1998 Chris completed his Masters degree in Education at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, before becoming Assistant Principal at Soham. In 2005 Chris gained promotion to Deputy Principal at Bottisham Village College where he led the development of the school curriculum and the introduction of Information Technology across the school, in addition to working on the development and implementation of the school and parent intranet.

In 2014 Chris became Acting Principal at The Netherhall School and Sixth Form, being appointed as permanent Principal following the school’s conversion to Academy status in March 2016.

Chris’ vision for Netherhall is summed up in the words: Inspiring. Individual. Inclusive. The Netherhall family is committed to offering the broadest opportunities and standards for each member of the school - students, staff and parents.

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