Durham Sixth Form Centre

Durham Sixth Form Centre

Governance

At Durham Sixth Form Centre we have high expectations of our governing body. During the academic year 2013-2014 the governing body at Durham Sixth Form Centre reconstituted to allow it to operate more efficiently and effectively. The governing body supports and challenges the strategic leadership of the school and plays a vital role in making sure every student gets the best possible education.

Their core function is to 'conduct the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement at the school.'

The governing body has three core strategic functions:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding the headteacher and senior leadership team to account for the educational performance of the school and its students
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

To find out more about the roles and responsibilities of the Governing Body, including membership of committees and register of business interests, please click here.

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Durham Sixth Form Centre

Mr Southwell was educated at Cockermouth Grammar school, Cumbria. He is married with two grown up sons who both attended Durham Sixth Form Centre. After retirement, Mr Southwell held the position of Contracts Manager for Durham City Council. He was historically a Governor of four local schools, he held the position of Director for four companies, was a Trustee of the Citizens Advice Bureau, a Board Member for Durham Police Authority, a County Councillor, a Durham City Councillor (Cabinet Member for Housing and Finance, Mayor of the City), a Belmont Parish Councillor (Chair) and has previously been listed in ‘Who's Who’ as an Entrepreneur for Business. One of his major achievements whilst a Governor has been to achieve our local Leisure Centre on Durham Sixth Form Centre site for the benefit of our School, feeder Schools and the Community in general.

Durham Sixth Form Centre

Mr Teale is originally from Bradford, Yorkshire. He worked in TV manufacturing before studying Social Sciences at Sunderland Polytechnic (1978-1981). He then trained as a Further Education teacher, taught Further Education in Sunderland (Economics, Politics and Business, A-levels and BTEC) and now teaches Business at the University of Sunderland. He moved to Gilesgate in 2000 and became a Governor at Durham Sixth Form Centre. He is married to a teacher (now retired) with two daughters (a primary teacher and a project manager) and four grandchildren. Mr Teale is interested in Labour politics, allotment gardening, history and learning Chinese (very slowly).

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Mrs Beveridge is the Headteacher at Durham Sixth Form Centre. After graduating with first-class honours as a teacher of Technology with QTS, she held several roles, including Assistant Head of Year and Head of Art and Technology, prior to working in Durham. Mrs Beveridge completed her MA in Education, as well as the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH), whilst a Senior Leader at Durham Sixth Form Centre, prior to taking up her role as Headteacher. As Headteacher, Mrs Beveridge is responsible for the strategic leadership and vision of the school, its effectiveness, achievement and the quality of teaching. Mrs Beveridge grew up in the North East of England and now has three children of her own of primary and secondary school age.

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Mr Raymond is a recently retired Headteacher. Born and bred in Durham, he started his professional life as a Geography teacher, in Peterlee, during the 1970s. Having moved to Durham Gilesgate School in the mid-80s and, after several promotions, he became Headteacher in 2010. In this role, he was responsible for overseeing major changes in the school. Mr Raymond has an Honours Degree in Education, a Higher Level Diploma in Pastoral Care and Counselling, and was one of the first Durham teachers to achieve the National Professional Qualification for Headship. Mr Raymond is a married man with two sons and two granddaughters.

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Mr Thomson arrived in Durham from Scotland in 1967 as a newly married man with his wife, Lucille. At that time, he was a Sales representative for a paper packaging company but in 1974 had a complete change of career becoming a British Transport Police Officer until he retired in 1999. He has one married son and two teenage grandchildren. After becoming a local councillor in 2004, he became a Governor at Durham Sixth Form Centre. He is also Chair of Governors at Gilesgate Primary School and a Governor at Trinity School. Mr Thomson's claim to fame is serving as Mayor of the City of Durham 2011-2012. He enjoys volunteering with St. Cuthbert's Hospice and travelling.

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Mrs Church is a resident of Durham City and was once a student at Durham Sixth Form Centre.  After successfully finishing her studies, Mrs Church progressed to Newcastle University where she completed a BA Honours degree in English Literature. She has worked for the RSPB and, for the last seven years, has worked at Durham University, most recently in the Academic Support Office and prior to this in the Access and Student Recruitment Office. In the latter department, Mrs Church was responsible for the strategy for UK-wide student recruitment, as well as for the delivery of support sessions to A-Level students and their teachers on areas such as the transition to Higher Education and writing UCAS references. Mrs Church is currently taking a short career break in order to complete a postgraduate qualification and to look after her two young daughters.

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Mr Nelson is Headteacher at Dene Community School. After graduating from the University of York with a BSc Honours degree in Mathematics, he completed a secondary PGCE at Newcastle University and an MA in Education at Durham University. Mr Nelson started working at Dene Community School in 2004 as an NQT and has had several roles including Subject Leader of Mathematics and Assistant Headteacher. In his current role, he is responsible for the school curriculum and leads on the raising achievement agenda.

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Mr Wynne is a teacher of English Language at Durham Sixth Form Centre. He graduated from University College Dublin with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Geography together with a Higher Diploma in Education. Mr Wynne obtained a Diploma in Sports Management from the same institution. Before moving to the United Kingdom, he taught in a number of schools in Dublin and worked as a carpenter in Massachusetts, U.S.A. Mr Wynne has lived in the North East of England for over ten years and is the father of two children.

Durham Sixth Form Centre

Mr Walker was born and brought up in Durham. Having attended local schools in the Durham City area, he started work at the local Water Board where he still works today, albeit on a part-time basis. He is married with two grown-up daughters and two grandchildren. His two daughters both attended Durham Sixth Form Centre before going onto university to gain first-class honours degrees. After becoming a local councillor in 2003, he became a Governor at Durham Sixth Form Centre. Mr Walker is also a Governor at Gilesgate Primary School. He and his wife are keen dancers in their spare time.

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Mrs Henderson is the Leader of Learning for the Human Sciences and MFL Faculty at Durham Sixth Form Centre, having worked in the school since 2005. After leaving university with an LL.B. (Bachelor degree in Laws), she qualified as a solicitor and spent 10 years in private practice specialising in crime and family work. Securing an LL.M. (Master in Law) she changed careers and entered the teaching profession gaining both qualified teacher status and a Master of Education in Practitioner Enquiry. Mrs Henderson was born in the North East of England and is married with two children.

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Mrs Lee is a current Headteacher of a County Durham Primary School. She graduated from Newcastle Polytechnic with a 2:1 Degree in Primary Education specialising in the teaching of primary mathematics. Mrs Lee has taught in four different primary schools within two different authorities and has been Head Teacher in her current school for ten years. Mrs Lee was born and brought up in North Wales and remained in the North East following her marriage. She lives in Durham and has two daughters, one of whom is a student at Durham Sixth Form Centre.

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Miss Lain graduated from the University of Durham with a BA Honours degree in Geography, before completing her PGCE in Secondary Education at Newcastle University. She began her career in 1994, teaching Geography in a school in the Lake District. She then taught in London for several years, before taking up post as Head of Geography at Durham Sixth Form Centre in 2001. Miss Lain is one of two Deputy Headteachers at Durham Sixth Form Centre. Her primary focus is the vision for high-quality, inspirational teaching and learning. In addition, she works as a Specialist Leader in Education (SLE), embedding outstanding practice in Continual Professional Development, as part of the Teaching School Alliance.

Durham Sixth Form Centre

Miss Thompson graduated from the University of Hull with a BA Honours degree in French and a PGCE in Secondary Education. She has worked at Durham Sixth Form Centre since 2001, during which time she has held a variety of roles, including teacher of French, Head of the Modern Foreign Languages and Assistant Headteacher. In 2012, she was appointed to the role of Deputy Headteacher with a primary focus on achievement and performance. Miss Thompson works closely with Mrs Beveridge to oversee the strategic leadership of the school and one of her lead roles is the raising achievement agenda, which aims to ensure that all students maximise their academic success at Durham Sixth Form Centre.

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Miss O'Reilly is the HR Manager and Data Analyst at Durham Sixth Form Centre. She completed her MA in Business Management before joining Durham Sixth Form Centre in 2005 as a Finance Officer. Having completed her NCSL Certificate of School Business Management she hopes to develop her role and progress on to the Diploma of School Business Management in the near future. Miss O'Reilly is a full member of the Association of Accounting Technicians. An avid traveller, Miss O'Reilly spent two years working and travelling in New Zealand and aspires to continue to see many new and unvisited destinations.

Membership

Membership of the governing body is as follows – all governors and associate governors have voting rights.

Name of Governor

Category of Governor

Committees served on

Ellen Beveridge

Headteacher/Governor

CC, FPC, PC, FGB, RS

Adrian Wynne

Co-opted Governor

CC, FPC, PC, FGB

Carole Henderson

Staff Governor

CC, FPC, PC, FGB

Jo Lain

Associate member

CC, PC, FGB

Cathy Lee

Parent Governor

CC, PC, PRC, FGB

Lesley Thompson

Associate member

CC, PC, FGB

Emily Church

Co-opted Governor

CC, FGB

Dave Nelson

Co-opted Governor

AC, CC,

Arthur Raymond

Co-opted Governor

AC, CC, PC, RS

Dennis Southwell

Authority Governor (Chair)

CC, FPC, PRC, PC, FGB, HTP, RS

Mathew Teale

Co-opted Governor

CC, PC, FGB, RS

Les Thomson

Co-opted Governor

CC, FPR, PC, FGB, RS

Arthur Walker

Co-opted Governor

AC, CC, PC, FGB

Katie O’Reilly

Associate Member

FGB, RS

Key to Governors Committees:

AC Appeals
CC Curriculum Committee
FPC Finance/Premises Committee
PC Personnel Committee
PRC Pay Review Committee
FGB Full Governing Body
HTP Headteacher Performance
RS Review and Search Committee

Governors Register of Business Interests

Durham Sixth Form Centre has a statutory duty to maintain and publish a register of Business and pecuniary interests of Governors. The register will be reviewed annually but updated for any changes as informed by Governors.


Name

 

Date of Declaration

Current Employment

Details of Business Interests Declared

Details of Business Interests of Immediate Family Members

Ellen Beveridge

October 2017

Durham Sixth Form Centre - Employee

Governor at local secondary school and Academy Trust

None declared

Adrian Wynne

October 2017

Durham Sixth Form Centre - Employee

None declared

None declared

Carole Henderson

October 2017

Durham Sixth Form Centre - Employee

None declared

None declared

Cathy Lee

October 2017

Headteacher at local Primary School

Durham County Council - Employee

None declared

Emily Church

October 2017

Unemployed

None declared

None declared

Dave Nelson

October 2017

Headteacher at local Secondary School

Durham County Council - Employee

None declared

Arthur Raymond

October 2017

Retired

None declared

None declared

Dennis Southwell

October 2017

Retired

Belmont Parish Council

None declared

Les Thomson

October 2017

Retired

Chair of Governors at local Primary School and Governor at local Special School

None declared

Mathew Teale

October 2017

Retired

None declared

None declared

Arthur Walker

November 2015

 

Governor at local Primary School

None declared

Associate Members


Joanne Lain

October 2017

Durham Sixth Form Centre - Employee

Governor at local Primary School

None declared

Lesley Thompson

October 2017

Durham Sixth Form Centre - Employee

None declared

None declared

         

Katie O’Reilly

October 2017

Durham Sixth Form Centre - Employee

None declared

None declared

 

 

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