Having graduated from the London School of Economics (LSE) with a degree in economics, I joined H M Treasury as an economist where I advised on mergers and acquisitions. At the same time, I worked part-time as a teacher in a voluntary school in the East End; on the same street where the Kray twins grew up!
I decided to make the part-time job my long term vocation and studied at The Institute of Education in London from there went on to work in large schools in London, Leeds, Bradford, Sheffield and Huddersfield in a range of roles including Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher, Assistant Headteacher, Director of Sixth Form and as a Faculty Leader. I completed my Masters degree in Education in 2010 and shortly afterwards the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH).
It is an honour and privilege to work with young people, their families and staff. I have always kept a teaching role and my practice is centred on the heartbeat of a Academy: the classrooms, the corridors and the community. I have co-authored a mathematics textbook for students studying economics and business and I enjoyed developing lots of real world examples and case studies to bring the material to life.
I love what I do and for me Headship is simply the best job in the world.
Jim began his teaching career at Lord Lawson 17 years ago as a Business Studies teacher. Since then he has held the positions of Assistant Subject Leader, Assistant Head of House, Head of House, Assistant Principal and currently fulfils the role of Deputy Principal (Personal development, behaviour and welfare). This role concentrates on ensuring that behaviour in and around the Academy is of a high standard, that staff know our students well and can meet their individual needs and that students develop the skills needed for the 21st Century. He is also the Senior Designated Lead with responsibility for safeguarding.
Nick has been a teacher at the Academy since 1996. He has been a member of the senior team for nearly 10 years and has held a variety of different roles. Since 2015, Nick has been Deputy Principal. He has strategic leadership and responsibility for student achievement and progress, timetabling and curriculum development. Nick is also responsible for reporting to parents, option choices and student tracking.
Sue has been a teacher at Lord Lawson of Beamish since starting her career as a Geography teacher in 1994. During this time, she has held several roles including KS3 Co-ordinator for Geography, Subject Leader for Geography, Records of Achievement Co-ordinator and Teaching and Learning Co-ordinator.
Since joining the Leadership team in 2003, Sue’s initial role was Teaching and Learning where she worked across all departments to help staff work on all areas of their professional development to improve the quality of teaching. For the past 4 years, she has had responsibility for the Sixth Form. This includes leading on the KS5 curriculum, ensuring the funding arrangements for KS5 are optimised and most importantly that our students achieve the best they can with their studies and are supported and guided with their life choices whether that be University, apprenticeships or jobs.
Catriona Veide has been a teacher at the Academy since 2002 and still teaches within the English Department. As Assistant Principal, her responsibility is for one of the Academy’s core principles of Professionalising Teaching. This role includes ensuring that students are being taught effective and engaging lessons where they can develop their knowledge, understanding and skills in our full range of curriculum subjects. This includes developing and encouraging student learning behaviours that are evident in our LLoB7 and our 5Rs+1, so that students are prepared for life in the 21st century as life-long learners that are independent, creative and successful.
Her role covers aspects of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and ensuring they are consistently applied across the Academy including: the Academy’s T&L model; lesson planning framework; learning behaviours; marking and feedback; assessments and homework. CPD for all staff in Teaching, Learning and Assessment, ensures that all staff are up to date with the most relevant and critical developments in pedagogy to continually improve the learning experiences for our students.
She also has a responsibility for teachers entering the profession and supporting our most newly qualified staff in her role as Professional Tutor to our ITT staff and
Linda has been employed at LLOB for the past 15 years. As Assistant Principal Business & Finance she has responsibility for everything in the Academy that isn’t teaching, she also has responsibility for Enrichment and manages all support staff. Her aim along with all the other support staff colleagues is to provide support across the Academy to ensure that enables the students to have the best possible experiences on a daily basis.
She also has responsibility for ensuring that the business aspect of the Academy is ran effectively and efficiently and meets all the legal requirement.