Mark-Lovatt2Mark 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.


Heather currently holds the position of  Deputy Principal with overall responsibility for Quality of Teaching, Learning and Assessment. She leads the Quality Assurance team and also has responsibility for educational visits, teaching staff performance appraisal and the school calendar. Heather has worked at Lord Lawson since 1986 and has taught geography and PE for most of her career. She currently teaches A level Geography. Heather has held the following positions – Deputy Head of 6th Form, BTEC co-ordinator, Head of Geography and Assistant Head Teacher. She was also unit leader for the Duke of Edinburgh’s award scheme in school for 22 years.


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.

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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

Alex has been a teacher at Lord Lawson since 2003 working within the mathematics department and across various house blocks.  Alex began as a teacher of mathematics and has held various roles since then including deputy head of house, deputy head of maths, head of maths and head of house.  Alex is Assistant Principal KS3 Pastoral and his main focus is ensuring that the progress of all students at key stage 3 is as high as possible with a particular focus on pastoral issues.  Alex is responsible for the PHSE curriculum and well being days, rewards and incentives across the academy,  information, advice and guidance.  Alex is the deputy safeguarding officer.
Kate began her teaching career at Lord Lawson 16 years ago as an English teacher.  Since then she has held the positions of Deputy Subject Leader of English, Subject Leader of English and, for the past two years, Associate Senior Leader with responsibility for English and Literacy.  From September 2016 Kate will hold the position of Assistant Principal KS3 Progress and Achievement.  The role will concentrate on ensuring all students make the highest academic progress throughout KS3 and that they are able to make the correct option choices ready for KS4.As part of this role Kate is also a member of the Quality Assurance Team within school to ensure that students receive high quality teaching and learning.



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.