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.
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.