Beaumont Hill Education Standards Committee (ESC)
School governors are people who want to make a positive contribution to children’s education. They are one of the largest volunteer forces in the country and have an important part to play in raising school standards.
The role of the governing body is absolutely key to the effectiveness of a school. Beaumont Hill Academy has an excellent body of governors who individually and collectively offer a wide range of skills.
Caroline Green – Executive Principle over BHA and MFS
Elizabeth Brenda Bell – Chair
I am a former Early Years and Key Stage One teacher, who loves to learn. After leaving teaching I became a heritage learning specialist and currently work for a national charity, developing and delivering school and family learning in the North of England. I'm also Designated Safeguarding Lead. I became Chair at Beaumont Hill in September of 2020, after two years as an ESC member at Marchbank.
My favourite subjects are history and English literature and I am a keen crafter who enjoys making all manner of things in my spare time.
I am passionate about giving children the best tools possible for life, whilst hearing and respecting their voice, and keeping them safe. I believe the very best way to learn is to have fun!
Kit Dixon – ESC member of BHA and a Trustee
Having spent 4 years as a trustee at another academy trust in Darlington, Kit became a parent governor at Beaumont Hill Academy and more recently a trustee/vice chair at EVAT. He is a qualified accountant (CPFA), a trained fraud investigator and formerly worked as an external auditor in both the public and private sector before joining the ESFA in Feb 2013. He is currently a Senior Regional Business Partner for the Northern region, leading on the most complex and high profile cases relating to financial management/viability, compliance with the Academies Financial Handbook and governance arrangements in academy trusts. Kit is a firm believer in life-long learning and about to commence studying for his second Master’s degree.
Cllr Heather Scott – Board appointed ESC Member
Chris Ashford – EVAT Trustee
Chris is a married father of two who has lived in the Darlington area for 30 years. He retired from Durham constabulary in 2014 after 30 years’ service where his roles included the Crime Investigation Department, the Fraud Squad and Child Abuse investigation. Chris holds a BA Hons degree in Crime investigation and Post Graduate Certificate in Education. He is currently employed by the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board/Safeguarding Adults Partnership Board in Darlington as the Multi agency Safeguarding Trainer.
Margaret Farrow – Board Appointed ESC Member
Margaret has been a governor of several schools in the past and welcomed the opportunity to take up the role as governor following her retirement after a career in education. Margaret has an interest in leadership and management, teaching and learning and safeguarding. She enjoys working with other governors in supporting the school’s development and inn challenging and supporting leaders to ensure they are doing the best for all of the pupils at Beaumont Hill
Phil North - Board Appointed (also a parent)
Sam McCormick – Staff Member
I'm Sam McCormack and I'm based in primary as a class teacher, lead teacher for primary English and Outreach Worker advising local schools. My background is 26 years teaching, 22 of them in mainstream secondary English across West and South Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire. I was head of English and Drama for 15 years. I have worked with children aged 5 - 19 and run adult literacy classes; I've marked KS3, GCSE and A level English; been a member of a working party advising the DfE; developed schemes of learning for EAL students from Polish, Roma Slovak and Roma Czech backgrounds; undertaken Safeguarding training with a particular focus on Child Sexual Exploitation (following some horrendous cases in the Rotherham area I was working in); was school tutor for initial teacher training in partnership with Sheffield and Nottingham universities; obtained National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH). My experiences in SEN are fairly recent. Whilst I worked with children with special needs throughout my mainstream career, I only started working in specialist provision schools in the last 6 years and started at BHA in 2016. I am an adoptive mum to a 12 year old girl which has given me an interesting insight into the world of social services, pupil premium+ and LAC support.
If you have any queries relating to governance or wish to contact any of the members, directors or governors, please contact Alana Mackenzie, Governor Development Officer.
By telephone: 01325 248156
By e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
By post: The Education Village, Salters Lane South, Darlington, DL1 2AN
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