Education Standards Committee

Education Standards Committee

Education Standards Committee Documentation

For documentation for Haughton Academy's Governance please see our  Governance section on the Education Village Academy Trust website.


ESC Members

Jonathan Lumb – Ex Officio Member
Principal of Haughton Academy

Jonathan has held a wide range of leadership roles in schools across the North-East of England during a 27-year teaching career. After graduating with a joint Physical Education and Mathematics degree, he spent his early years of teaching progressing from teacher to Head of Department to Director of PE, Sport and Health in three separate 11-18 schools. After studying for a Master of Education and NPQH at Newcastle University he advanced to Assistant Headteacher and then moved to Woodam Academy for five years as Deputy Headteacher. He has been at Haughton Academy as Principal since 2015. He is passionate about all pupils in the academy and will do whatever it takes to ensure that every one of them achieves their full potential. He is a firm believer in the academy sentence;

“The academy ensured that all pupils succeeded at university, or a real alternative, excelled in a top job and had a great life.”


Dr Leslie Fox - Chair of Governors
Link Governor for Behaviour and Safeguarding
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 SENDCO
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.


Steph Hall - Teacher Governor
Link Governor for Pastoral – Attendance
I started my career in education as an ICT Technician at Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College in 2009 where I supported pupils in an open access ICT suite. During this time I studied part time to complete my PGCE and secured a teaching role for Media and Film as well as contributing to a breadth of other subjects. It was a journey to move from education support staff to teaching staff and this gave me a real insight to the roles of education staff at all levels.

From here I joined Haughton Academy in 2013 as a Teacher of Media and Applied Learning, I have completed a whole school project to improve pupil outcomes as part of my NPQML and have recently been appointed as Subject Leader for ICT, a role which I’m excited to start in January.

Haughton Academy has improved considerably during my 7 years here and being a part of the Education Standards Committee is a great opportunity to work collaboratively and supportively to further develop the school, its ethos and the outcomes for the young people who study here.


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 and 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.


Richard McMann - Board Appointed Governor
Link Governor for Well-being and Mental Health
A proud native of Darlington. I was a nationally nominated Head of History teacher (Pearson thank a teacher card), then in summer holidays of 2013 at age 31, I had an extremely severe Traumatic Brain Injury. Was taken by air ambulance, to King's in London, would be in a coma for a month, and a NHS patient for 3 years and now with a blue badge on a medical journey. I have always campaigned for how education can help us all at any time. So in 2018 formed my own Social Enterprise which is now delivering online Arts for those at early stages of Dementia. I have been appointed North East Champion for the Lived Experience Network (LENS) which is in partnership with the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance which reports to the All Party Parliamentary Group, Arts Health and Wellbeing also known as Creative Health. I have been appointed Mental Health and Wellbeing governor and look forward to meeting you all soon.


Kirsty Whitehouse - Parent Governor
Link Governor for Groups of Learners, including disadvantaged
I currently work for an Academy Trust based in Hartlepool as their Chief Financial Officer/Finance Director. I have worked in the Education Sector for over 20 years. However and more importantly I am a Mam to two boys, both who are pupils of Haughton Academy. I am extremely passionate about the children of our area being able to have the Education that they deserve to enable them to fulfil their dreams and achievements I want to be able to use my background in Education to try and raise standards in the school and give all the pupils within the Haughton Community the best start in life.


Hellen Witton – Board Appointed Governor
Link Governor for Careers 

I have worked for a local telecommunications company, EE (previously Orange), for over 21 years where I now hold the position of Operations Manager.  Within my role I am proud to take an active role in Corporate Social Responsibility of which Engagement within the Local Community is a key pillar.  It was in 2017 that I became an Enterprise Advisor within Tees Valley Combined Authority and was partnered with Haughton Academy, to act as a link between business and education.  Within my role I am also responsible for apprentices and their development within our organisation, which in turn has given me a passion to support children’s transition from education to fulfilling their aspirations.  

Outside of work, I am also a committee member of a local swimming club, where my 2 children compete.


Simon Loveridge – Board Appointed Governor
Link Governor for Leadership and Management and Parental Events
(Details to follow)

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Have any questions?

To get in contact with 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