School Governance

Anyone who interested in becoming a Governor please contact Alana Mackenzie (

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

I have been Principal at Beaumont Hill Academy since 2016. 

I am now in the privileged position of being Executive Principal across Marchbank Free School and Beaumont Hill Academy.

I have worked in special schools throughout my teaching career and am committed to ensuring all pupils receive a high quality education which prepares them for their next stage of learning.

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

I have been connected with Beaumont Hill School since 1985 and now as a member of ESC under the umbrella of the Education Village Academy Trust.

 I was a previous Director of the Trust and Chairman of the Resources Committee.

I have been a Darlington Councillor since 1976 and very proud to have such a long connection with Beaumont Hill Academy.

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

Sam McCormick – Staff Member


 I'm Sam McCormack and I'm based in primary as a class teacher. 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. 

Jenny Joyce- Board Appointed ESC Member

Jenny is an experienced ESC member and link Pupil Premium
Governor having done this role within 2 schools in EVAT previously. Jenny has 4 children all of which have attended EVAT schools. Some of Jenny’s children have SEN needs and her youngest son has an EHCP.

Jenny is a disabled person, herself and has worked for Disabled People’s charities now for over 16 years. Jenny currently works as an advocate, where she supports disabled people to secure rights and makes sure ‘they have a voice’ in any social care / health process they may be involved in.

Jenny is passionate about Equality for All, she believes in inclusion, education and opportunities been key for Disabled children / people to overcome the many barriers they will face over their lifetime. Jenny is currently half way through her MSC at the University of Sunderland in Inequality and Society.

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: By post: The Education Village, Salters Lane South, Darlington, DL1 2AN