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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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.

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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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Mrs Church is from Durham and studied at Durham Sixth Form Centre, then going on to complete a BA Honours degree in English Literature at Newcastle University. She worked for seven years at Durham University, first in the Access and Student Recruitment Office developing and implementing the strategy for UK-wide student recruitment and then in the Academic Support Office, supporting learning, teaching and resource planning activities. She has two young daughters and works for Teach First overseeing the Futures access programme, a programme for sixth form students who have the academic potential but lack the confidence, knowledge or support to get into and stay at university.

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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.

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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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Mrs Rodham both lives and works in County Durham. She is a long serving Headteacher of a local 11-16 successful Secondary School which serves a varied catchment within the County. Mrs Rodham is the Chair of the Durham Association for Secondary Headteachers, a role which has enjoyed and fulfilled with rigour and passion during her tenure. Mrs Rodham has been in the teaching profession for 23 years, and has two undergraduate degrees from Universities in Newcastle and Sunderland. Mrs Rodham also studied for her MA whilst teaching and is currently doing a Doctorate in Education part time through Durham University.

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Dr Fuchs is a retired academic librarian having studied modern languages. Dr Fuchs fields of expertise are: Transition from school to university, Mental health and wellbeing, Foreign modern languages education, International contacts and exchanges, Establishing a network of former pupils and Librarianship. Dr Fuchs has been a pastoral tutor at St John's College Durham for seven years and a Postgraduate Tutor (part-time) for one year. He has been active in alumni relations in Cambridge and Durham Universities and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Educators (London).

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Mr. Southwick was born in Middlesbrough before moving to Seaham, Co. Durham. He attended Northlea Grammar School and Peterlee Technical College (studying Business Studies) before attending Northumbria University to study law. Mr. Southwick has over 35 years of experience in the legal profession within numerous private law practices and a local authority legal department. He has been an employee, partner and sole practitioner. He is married with two grown-up daughters and son all of whom have studied at Durham Sixth Form Centre and two grandchildren. He is a Trustee for a number of charities (religious organisations). Mr. Southwick is currently studying theology (part-time) and is an active member of Middlesbrough Circle of Magicians.

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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.

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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

Heinz Fuchs

Co-opted Governor

CC, FGB

Carole Henderson

Staff Governor

CC, FPC, PC, FGB

Jo Lain

Associate member

CC, PC, FGB

Cathy Lee

Co-opted Governor

CC, HTP, PC, PRC, FGB, RS

Lesley Thompson

Associate member

CC, PC, FGB

Emily Church

Parent Governor

CC, FGB, PRC, HTP

Dave Nelson

Co-opted Governor

AC, CC, FGB

Arthur Raymond

Co-opted Governor

AC, CC, PC, RS, FGB

Dennis Southwell

Authority Governor (Chair)

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

Linda Rodham

Co-opted Governor

AC, CC, FGB, PC

Tony Southwick

Parent Governor

CC, FGB

Katie O’Reilly

Associate Member

RS

Adrian Wynne

Staff Co-opted Governor

CC, FPC, PC, FGB

Key to Governors Committees:

AC Appeals
CC Curriculum Committee
FPC Finance/Premises Committee
PC Personnel Committee
PRC Pay/First 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

November 2019

Durham Sixth Form Centre - Employee

IBE Properties, ALP, ASCL

None declared

Heinz Fuchs

November 2019

Retired

None declared

None declared

Carole Henderson

November 2019

Durham Sixth Form Centre - Employee

None declared

None declared

Cathy Lee

November 2019

Headteacher at local Primary School

Durham County Council - Employee

None declared

Emily Church

November 2019

Durham Sixth Form Centre - Employee (temporary)

None declared

None declared

Dave Nelson

November 2019

Headteacher at local Secondary School

Durham County Council - Employee

None declared

Arthur Raymond

November 2019

Retired

None declared

None declared

Linda Rodham

November 2019

Headteacher at local Secondary School

None declared

None declared

Dennis Southwell

November 2019

Retired

Belmont Parish Council

None declared

Tony Southwick

November 2019

Solicitor, Sunderland City Council

Chair of Trustees, Christian Charity

None declared

Adrian Wynne

November 2019

Durham Sixth Form Centre - Employee

None declared

None declared

Associate Members


Joanne Lain

November 2019

Durham Sixth Form Centre - Employee

None declared

None declared

Lesley Thompson

November 2019

Durham Sixth Form Centre - Employee

None declared

None declared

         

Katie O’Reilly

November 2019

Durham Sixth Form Centre - Employee

None declared

None declared

 

 

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