Governing Body

Local Governing Body

North Durham Academy is part of New College Durham Academies Trust (NCDAT).  The Trust is governed by a Board of Trustees who are responsible for the administration of the Trust and for the academic performance of the schools within the Trust. 

The Local Governing Body (LGB) of North Durham Academy operates as a committee of the Trust Board.  The LGB meets twice each term to consider key aspects of the Academy and challenge the Principal and senior leadership team.  The Principal’s Report, Finance, Human Resources, Business, ICT and Health and Safety are standing items on the agenda. 

Membership of the LGB comprises up to six Lead Sponsor governors, one co-sponsor governor, two parent governors and two staff governors. 

Governors are actively involved in the school and visit regularly. Each governor is linked to a specific aspect of the Academy’s work.  We facilitate governor training so that governors are up to date with the constant changes in education.

For more information, use the following links:

Local Governing Body List of members - July 2020

Local Governing Body Register of Interests - September 2019

Local Governing Body Terms of Reference

Code of Conduct for Directors and Local Governing Body Members - July 2018

Standing Orders of the Board and Committees - April 2019 reviewed April 2020

Local Governing Body Directorate Links



Staff Responsible

Link Governor

Deep Support:

George Dawson /  Clare O’Keefe

Progress/outcomes- all cohorts

A Sweeten - all

Kelly Clydesdale – Y11

Christine Warren


Safeguarding (across MAT)

George Dawson


*Karl Fairley

Attendance/ Behaviour/SEND/LAC

Clare O’Keefe/ - Attendance and SEND

George Dawson – behaviour, inclusion strategies

Philippa May


Jonny Lee

Bobbi Mathwin

Deep Experience

John Anderson


Rachel Graham


Matt Turnbull


Enrichment and pledges /SMSC

Graeme Powley

Helen Sinden

Deep Learning

Stuart Aldridge

Teaching & Learning

Stuart Aldridge

Christine Warren

Literacy across the curriculum

Shanice Kinnersley

Jeanette Stephenson

English (across MAT)


Charlotte Ferguson

*Karl Fairley

Mathematics (across MAT)

Rachel Mahoney

*Christine Warren


Emma Collinson

Kelly Miller


Humanities & Languages

Suzanne Dawson

Paul Campbell


Sport, Art & Performance

Laura Dreyer


Technology & Vocational

Becky Pallas-Gill

Julie Williamson- Green

Sixth Form

Ross Thomas

Rebecca Dwyer

 *Link governors working across the Trust (North Durham Academy and Consett Academy)

Page reviewed and updated July 2020