Mr Lovatt has asked the Board of Governors to be released from his contract with the Academy in order to explore new challenges after more than 5 years’ loyal and dedicated service to Lord Lawson of Beamish Academy. Governors have agreed to Mr Lovatt’s request and he will be leaving us with immediate effect, with our thanks for his service and very best wishes for the future. Mr Lovatt also expressed his gratitude to staff, students and parents and gives his best wishes to all for the future at Lord Lawson.

The Board of Governors are delighted to welcome Simon Hawkins as Principal of Lord Lawson of Beamish Academy. Mr Hawkins has a wide range of experience as Headteacher and a Senior Leader in a number of large schools in London and across Yorkshire. As Headteacher, his leadership was recently described as, “having high aspirations, and pace with a strong drive for improvement” and Ofsted have echoed this.

Mr Hawkins starts work on Thursday 24 January 2019 and will lead the Academy until the end of the Academic year. A process will shortly commence to make a permanent appointment to the role.

Regarding his appointment, Mr Hawkins said “I feel honoured and privileged to have been appointed to lead Lord Lawson of Beamish Academy. This school has many strengths, exciting potential and I am keen to start work immediately on how we can drive up standards.”

Mr Hawkins added “Unconditional positive regard for all is at the heart of my approach: each pupil, family, colleague and visitor is valued here and welcomed. As a parent with two teenage children, I have high expectations of them and their school. I expect these same high standards of progress and personal development for your sons and daughters too.”

Chris Smith, Chair of Governors, said “On behalf of students, staff and our whole community I’d like to offer Simon Hawkins the warmest welcome to Lord Lawson of Beamish Academy. He brings warmth, passion and years of experience of senior leadership to his role coupled with a track record of producing rapid and sustained improvement in the schools he has worked with. Governors are confident he will have an immediate, positive impact at Lord Lawson of Beamish Academy and we wish him every success in his role”.

Come and meet the new Principal!

Mr Hawkins is keen to meet parents and carers; your voice matters and we want to listen to your views of the school’s strengths, priorities and how we can work together. Mr Hawkins is therefore inviting parents and carers to come to any of the drop-in coffee evenings held at school from Monday 28 to Thursday 31 January (inclusive) from 6pm to 7:30pm or on Friday 1st February from 7am until 8am. You do not need to make an appointment; simply drop in and come and meet Mr Hawkins over coffee for as long as you wish to stay.