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 - September 2020

Local Governing Body Register of Interests - September 2019

Local Governing Body Terms of Reference - September 2020

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 2020.21 



Staff Responsible

Link Governor

Deep Support:

 Clare O’Keefe/Becky Wheatley

Progress/outcomes- all cohorts

A Sweeten - all

Kelly Clydesdale – (Academy Lead KS4)

Christine Warren


Safeguarding (across MAT)

Clare O'Keege

Christine Warren

Attendance/ Behaviour/SEND/LAC

Clare O’Keefe/ - Attendance and SEND

Becky Wheatley – behaviour, inclusion strategies

Philippa May


Clare O'Keefe/Jonny Lee

Bobbi Mathwin

Deep Experience

George Dawson


Rachel Graham


Matt Turnbull


Enrichment and pledges /SMSC

Graeme Powley

Helen Sinden

Deep Learning

Stuart Aldridge

Teaching & Learning

Stuart Aldridge

Christine Warren

Literacy and numeracy across the curriculum

Shanice Kinnersley - Literacacy Lead

Numeracy - TBC

Jeanette Stephenson

English (across MAT)


Charlotte Ferguson

Christine Warren

Mathematics (across MAT)

Rachel Mahoney

Christine Warren


Dan Dalton

Kelly Miller


Humanities & Languages

Suzanne Dawson



Sport, Art & Performance

Laura Dreyer


Technology & Vocational

Becky Pallas-Gill

Julie Williamson- Green

Sixth Form


Rebecca Dwyer

Page reviewed and updated September 2020