I was born in Morecambe and educated in Hereford. After a music degree at Exeter University, I worked as an accountant for seven years, including four years as a finance officer for St John’s College, Durham University. I then retrained as a teacher and taught in Warwickshire and Berkshire. I then spent ten years at Wolsingham School in County Durham as faculty leader for performing arts. After serving as assistant headteacher at a high-performing school in Cumbria, I took up the post of headteacher at Dane Court Grammar School in Broadstairs, Kent, an outstanding school serving a very mixed community. Prior to coming to Lord Lawson, I worked as Senior School Improvement Officer for North Tyneside Council. My main subjects are mathematics and music. I have also taught English, science and RE, and I have particular expertise and interest in curriculum development and educational assessment. I am glad to be joining Lord Lawson at this time of growth and change. I can see that the academy has clear potential for improvement, and I am committed to working with staff, parents, students and governors to drive up standards of behaviour and achievement.
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.
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 run effectively and efficiently and meets all the legal requirement.