Education Standards Committee (ESC)
Dr Leslie Fox – Chair of Governors
Link Governor for Leadership & Management
I am delighted to be joining the Education Standards Committee at Haughton Academy. I entered the teaching profession in 1979 as a second career to teach Mathematics in an International school in Cyprus and later in an Independent school near Nottingham where I was also appointed as a boarding housemaster. During this time I led a school mountaineering expedition to the then Soviet Union, coached teams to compete in the Devizes-Westminster Canoe Race and commanded the school’s cadet force. It is fair to say that I am an enthusiastic advocate of co-curricular activities.
I moved to Darlington in 1994 on appointment as Deputy Headmaster of Yarm School where I continued to take a lead in outdoor education. I believe in personal life-long learning and studied for a Masters Degree in Education, a Post Graduate Certificate in teaching Secondary Mathematics and later a Doctorate in Education through The Open University. In 1999 I was appointed as headmaster of the prestigious Assam Valley School in northeast India. On return to the UK, I continued my career heading schools in Walsall and, finally, in Middlesbrough.
I am retired now but continue to believe passionately that every young person should be given access to the best educational opportunities possible.
Laurence Job – Board Appointed Governor
Link governor for Safeguarding and Pastoral - Behaviour
Currently Vice Principal at Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College in Darlington, I have enjoyed working in education for the past twenty years. My first appointment was as an English teacher at a secondary school in Harrogate. Whilst continuing to teach English, I have also held various leadership and management positions including being a Head of Year and Principal Tutor prior to my Senior Management role. I have also had experience of working with Adult Education.
My reason for becoming a governor is to help ensure that all young people are given the opportunities to enjoy their education; to develop a range of academic, social and personal skills and to be as successful as possible in later life. To that end, I have also been Vice-Chair of the governing body at my daughters’ primary school.
Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family, going to the theatre and playing tennis.
Andrew Hinnigan - Teacher Governor
Link Governor for Community & Social Media and Pastoral - Attendance
I am Andrew Hinnigan, Head of ICT and Computing at Haughton Academy. I have been a teacher in Haughton since 2006, I feel I have built up trust and excellent rapport with staff, students and parents. I have seen and led rapid improvement in ICT results and hope to carry this on as the new Computing GCSE is implemented across KS3 and KS4. I became part of the Education Standards Committee as a teacher representative so I could represent my teaching colleagues here at Haughton. Having a voice for them on various views and concerns they may have or wish to raise.
Jenny Gregg - Support Staff Governor
Link Governor for SEN
I have worked at the Education Village since June 2007 and I have a good understanding of how all three of the schools on the Salter’s Lane site operate and work together, through my role as Cover Co-ordinator.
I regularly cover across all departments in Haughton Academy, so this also gives me an insight into the day-to-day running of departments. I also work with challenging and vulnerable pupils who may not be able to succeed in mainstream education and need to be educated through an alternative provision. This has enabled me to establish very strong links with other secondary schools across Darlington. I am also a member of the safeguarding team.
I have three grown up children and two granddaughters that I love to spend my spare time with.
Michael Longstaff – Board Appointed Governor
Link Governor for Curriculum
I started teaching Design and Technology in 1994 at a secondary school in South Bank in Middlesbrough. The area was tough but the students were fantastic and I enjoyed every minute; it was a great place to start my teaching career. I moved to St Bede’s in Lanchester where I became Head of Department and then Curriculum Director on the LEAD team. I also looked after GTP and SCITT trainees as well as NQTs. Whilst I enjoyed my leadership responsibilities, one of the best parts of the job was being in the classroom with the students and I continued to be heavily involved with GCSE and A level teaching.
In 2012, I was appointed as Course Director at Durham SCITT in Newton Aycliffe. Training teachers is hugely rewarding and has enabled me to see lessons and students in a wide variety of schools and contexts. Durham SCITT has worked closely with The Education Village for many years and it felt right, when asked, that I should support the school by becoming a Governor. I hope I can contribute, even in a small way, to the success of the students and the school.
Davina Jones – Board Appointed Governor
Link Governor for Teaching and Learning
I worked in Education for nearly 37 years, firstly as a teacher and leader of mathematics and latterly as part of the advisory team for a local authority. Having thoroughly enjoyed my career in teaching, on retirement I felt that I still wanted to be involved in some way. I am delighted to be part of the governing body of Haughton Academy as I started my teaching career at Haughton School in 1976 – it feels like I have come ‘full circle’. I believe passionately in state education and that all children should be able to attend their local school, secure in the knowledge that they will reach their full academic potential. I will strive to support the school to ‘set the bar high’ for all its pupils.
My retirement has allowed me to spend more time outdoors fell walking and cycling, and I am a regular volunteer at our local hospice. I am also a ‘very proud mum’ to 2 daughters in their 20’s, who were very happy, successful and fulfilled attending the local comprehensive school.
Helen Conley - Board Appointed Governor
Link Governor for Outcomes
I joined SISRA as Lead Consultant in 2014, having worked in schools for over ten years with students aged 11 to 19 years old, most recently in my role as an Examinations Officer and Data Manager at Wolsingham School & Community College in Bishop Auckland. I am an expert in SIMS.net, with a wide knowledge of education, including curriculum, attendance, behaviour, more able and talented, assessment and examinations. Systems which I put in place from my time working in schools have received high praise from Ofsted. In my current role I work closely with Senior and Middle Leaders to gauge the individual needs of the school and its students in order to raise achievement and outcomes. I deliver training and development on a regular basis with regard to data and assessment, both regionally and nationally and am excited to help to make a difference to students at Haughton Academy. Outside of work, I am a qualified football referee and regularly officiate in contributory leagues, such as the Northern League, Evo-Stik Premier Division and the Conference Premier, the fifth tier of English football.
We are currently in the process of appointing two additional governors who will serve as the Link Governors for Groups of Learning, including Pupil Premium and Careers.
To contact the Chair of the ESC please write to:
Dr Leslie Fox, c/o Alana Mackenzie The Education Village, Salters Lane South, Darlington DL1 2AN Tel: 01325 254000