I have had an involvement with Lord Lawson of Beamish for over 20 years being involved as a parent, member of the Parent Teacher Association and over 10 years as a member of the Governing Body. I feel the governor role is important in offering challenge and support to ensure we give our students the best education possible. Now retired I was employed for over 20 years as a Business Adviser making employers aware of the benefits of developing their own employees and encouraging them to give opportunities to young people.
I joined the Board of Governors in September 2012. I am a solicitor in practice with regional law firm Ward Hadaway and lecture in law at the University of Sunderland, where I am the Director of Sunderland Student Law Clinic which offers free legal advice to local businesses and members of the public whilst allowing law students to gain practical experience during their studies. Consequently, I take a keen interest in the development of young people for the modern workplace and in addition to my role at the Academy I am also a Director of Youth Focus North East, a charity providing development opportunities for young people in our region."
Originally a parent governor, but now an appointed governor, I joined the governing body in spring 2010. I am married with 3 children: our eldest is a former pupil who is now at university, our other son is in the sixth form and our daughter is due to join the academy next year. I have an honours degree in Education and Mathematics, and am a qualified primary school teacher, training as a maths specialist (age range range specialism 8 to 12 years). Currently, I am link governor for maths and numeracy. As well as serving as a governor at Lord Lawson, I am also currently chair of governors at a City of Sunderland primary school, where I have been a governor since spring 2001. I am treasurer of the local branch of a national charity, which I set up several years ago with a friend. As a family we enjoy the great outdoors and (despite my total lack of co-ordination!) I have recently taken up tap dancing.
I have two children at Lord Lawson of Beamish Academy; my son in Year 10 and my daughter in Year 7. Between 2008 and 2013 I was a Parent Governor at my children's primary school. During that time I was involved with forming a hard federation between the Infant and Junior schools in order to bring them together as one. I'm very pleased to have been appointed onto the Governing Body. My reasons for wishing to join are simple. I want to be involved as much as I can, and in whatever capacity, in ensuring that every student has an equal opportunity with regard to learning and the resources available to them. I believe that their time with Lord Lawson is the bridge between enjoying their studies and a lifetime of achievement. I have spent over twenty five years with my current employer in local government.
I joined the Governing Body in 2011 as an appointed Community Governor. I have an extensive background in education as a lecturer and Course Leader with an Outstanding Further Education College for 21 years. I am now the Development Manager of a local small charity based in Birtley, supporting young people with a variety of learning needs. I have an Honours Degree in Education and Training and I have a passion for supporting all young people to reach their potential in life. I am also a member of a number of local organisations supporting young people across Gateshad and County Durham. I am proud to be a part of the governing body as a previous pupil at the school a few years ago!
I have been a School Governor for over twenty five years which has given me the experience to be a passionate and caring member of a diverse Governing Body, contributing a skill set that has been honed by a lifetime of working in industry and participating in education.
I was elected to Gateshead Council in 2008 and had the honour of being Mayor in 2010-2011. I have worked as a Printer for most of my working life before becoming a Support Worker for people with learning disabilities. My last employment was with local cancer charity FACT (Fighting All Cancers Together) where I was involved with fundraising and promoting the charity in the area.I am a board member of the Gateshead Housing Company. I have also joined the governing body at Furrowfield. In my spare time I like to watch Gateshead FC.
I am a resident of Birtley and the parent of two school age children. Education is of particular interest to me and I'm passionate about awareness, enablement and empowerment, specifically around the issue of internet safety and cyber security. I am also a parent governor at Ravensworth Terrace Primary School, sit on an Industrial Advisory Board at the University of Northumbria and the Employee Liaison Board at Sunderland University. I am also a member of Gateshead NHS Trust and a doctorate student at Sunderland University.
I am a Parent/Governor and have two daughters in the Academy. I was a Parent/Governor at their Primary School for 6 years before joining the Governing Body at Lord Lawson. I am a Teaching Assistant working in the SEND Department at a local Secondary School, specialising in Autism and am also the link Governor for SEND.
My name is Kim Marshall and I am a recently appointed Parent Governor. My professional background is rooted in Health and I currently hold a community based post which is heavily involved in safeguarding. This is a professional passion of mine and to support this I am also currently studying for an MA in Child Law.
We have a relatively large family, with four children, all at various stages of education and the benefits of high quality provision is something which we value highly.
I am delighted to be able to offer my support to the Academy and look forward to the challenges ahead.
Mark Joined the Academy as Principal in September 2013. Prior to this he was Deputy Head at a large school in the North East of England which achieved four consecutive “Outstanding” grades in a row from Ofsted. He has a passion for teaching and learning and has co written several books on the subject. Mark has overall responsibility for student and staff welfare, academic achievement and the smooth and safe running of the Academy. He works closely with governors to set the strategic direction for the Academy and strongly believes in the Academy’s core principles of Personalising learning, Professionalising Teaching, and Intelligent accountability. He is proud to lead a school at the heart of its community which works hard to prepare young people with the skills and qualities to thrive in a changing and complex world.
I joined Lord Lawson in 2008 after graduating from Newcastle University with a BA (Hons) in English, where I am currently an English Specialist in the Department with a key focus on KS4. Apart from the day to day responsibilities of supporting and teaching, I am also a Tutor and feel that a large part of my ‘pastoral’ role is to encourage, listen, prepare and inspire our young students as they make important decisions during their time at Lord Lawson. Having a background in the private sector (Financial software and Banking) for the best part of my career, allows me to also see the organisation from a commercial perspective. I strongly feel that the climate of education is constantly evolving and in recent years has reached a very dramatic and interesting time of change. My contribution to the academy is to understand and try to influence the way in which decisions are made for our young people in Lord Lawson, by investigating the opportunities on offer and how we can encourage them, as an Academy, to achieve the very best that they can.
I was recently voted into the post of Staff Governor in September 2014. I have been a member of the teaching staff at Lord Lawson since September 2010 as a teacher of Physical Education. Throughout my time as Lord Lawson I have also been the Academy SSCO promoting a link between the Academy and feeder primary schools in the local area. I am also involved in the pastoral side of education as a Deputy Head of Brookside House. As a member of staff at Lord Lawson I feel motivated and inspired by the Academy’s aims and principles to move forward and to become world class. I have developed a wealth of experience in relation to the day to day running of the Academy as a full time Teacher and Deputy Head of Brookside House. Through these experiences I have worked and liaised with a wide range of staff, students, parents and outside agencies. My aim is to contribute to the Academy’s community through the governing body. I intend to use my experiences and the understanding that I have developed to have a positive impact on student attainment and whole education.
Lord Lawson of Beamish Academy Trust is constituted as a charitable company limited by guarantee and is registered with Companies House. The Constitution of the Academy is set out in the Articles of Association which are agreed with the Secretary of State. There are two tiers of governance consisting of Members and governors.
The functions of the Members are:
• To oversee the achievement objectives of the company • Receive and adopt the annual report and accounts from the Board of Trustees • Take part in annual and general meetings • Appoint some of the Governors • Power to amend the Articles of Association and ultimately remove governors
Members have limited involvement in the strategic management of the company as this rests with the Board of Governors who are also known as Directors.