Governance

 

Governance

The Northumberland Church of England Academy is registered charity and a company limited by guarantee.

The structure is made up of the Trust members, a Governing Body and two committees; Finance and General Purposes and Curriculum and Standards. Terms of Reference of the two committees are given here.

Finance and General Purposes Committee: Terms of Reference

NCEA Standards Committee:  Terms of Reference

Register of Governor Interests 2016

Governor attendance 2015-16

The Sponsor Members, Governing Body and Committees are given below:

Members

Rory Wilson Duke of Northumberland’s Charity
Peter Robinson Newcastle Diocesan Board of Education
John Brearley Acting Chair of Governors

Governing Body

John Brearley Acting Chair, Duke of Northumberland’s Charity
Margaret Nicholson Newcastle Diocesan Board of Education
Jane Scott Newcastle Diocesan Board of Education
Richard Bishopp Newcastle Diocesan Board of Education
Alex Cox Duke of Northumberland’s Charity
John Marshall Newcastle Diocese Board of Education
Stephen Purvis Newcastle Diocese Board of Education
Jim Lang Local Authority
Martin Browell Parent
VACANCY Parent
Shirley Dickinson Staff
Andrew Day Executive Director
Marc Kelly Community

Finance and General Purposes Committee

John Brearley Chair, Duke of Northumberland’s Charity
Margaret Nicholson Newcastle Diocesan Board of Education
Alex Cox Duke of Northumberland’s Charity
Andrew Day Executive Director

Standards & Curriculum Committee

Richard Bishopp Chair, Newcastle Diocesan Board of Education
Margaret Nicholson Newcastle Diocesan Board of Education
Jane Scott Newcastle Diocesan Board of Education
Andrew Day Executive Director
Marc Kelly Community

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Governor Pen Portraits

Richard Bishopp

Richard BishoppI have worked in the education sector since the early 1970’s, teaching in a variety of schools, and in a range of posts, and also undertaking work as a GCSE examiner and chief examiner. In 1989 I came to work in Northumberland as an adviser/inspector and continued in that role until I retired, as senior adviser, in 2010. Since then I have continued my involvement in schools as a consultant, principally on school improvement matters, and I am also chair of the management committee at the Northumberland Pupil Referral Unit.

I am delighted to have been appointed a sponsor governor at NCEA and I will do all I can to support the academy in its drive towards excellence. Away from work, I am an active member of my local church; I sing with Alnwick Choral Society; and I am president of Alnwick and District Swimming Club.

Margaret Nicholson 

Margaret NicholsonMy teaching career began in an infant school in Carlisle. After three years I moved to Newcastle where I taught in three inner city and multi-faith schools, becoming Head of an inner city Church of England Primary School in east Newcastle. Following the birth of my first child, I moved from my headship role to work part-time at Newcastle University as a Teacher Tutor on the Primary PGCE Course where I also contributed to the religious education element. I was appointed Director of Education for the Diocese of Newcastle in 1995, a post I held until I retired in 2010. As Director of Education I worked on the proposal for this Academy and I am delighted to be able to continue my association with it as one of the sponsor governors. In line with its founding vision the Academy aims to meet the needs of each individual pupil and to ensure that all children are supported to make the progress of which they are capable.

John Brearley

John BrearleyI am a Chartered Accountant who has worked in business for the last twenty five years. As Finance Director of Northumberland Estates, the umbrella title for the business interests of the Duke of Northumberland and a sponsor of the NCEA, I work as part of the team shaping its strategic direction. I have experience of business planning, financing, financial reporting and budgeting and managing finance functions across a broad range of sectors from property, rural business and leisure to retail and consumer goods. I have been involved in the Academy since its opening in 2009 and have served on, and latterly chaired the Finance and General purposes committee throughout that period. I have a strong belief that every child has the ability to succeed and my prime interest is to ensure that the young people in our Academy receive the best education equipping them with the skills to lead a successful and fulfilling life contributing to their community and country.

Shirley Dickinson

Shirley Dickinson (Science Technician)

I was elected as Staff Governor in November 2013. I am the Senior Science Technician and I work in the Josephine Butler Secondary Campus in the Science Department.  I left school after doing my A levels and I have worked as a Technician in the school for 30 years. This means I am up to date with “school life”, and the “day to day” running of the school. I have lived in the Academy catchment area for nearly 40 years, so I very aware of the social background of the community.  As the Northumberland Church of England Academy is a Church of England school I think the Christian Ethos is very important. There have been many changes in these 30 years but the function of the school to me is the same. It is for the students not only to gain GCSE’s and A level qualifications but to leave the Academy as “well rounded” individuals who are confident and able to live in the community with a pleasant outlook on life.

Andrew Day

Andrew Day Portrait

Andrew is the Executive Director of the NCEA.   Andrew previously taught English and History in both the independent and state sectors. He joined the Future Leaders programme in 2006, following a spell in the travel industry, and took a Deputy Headship in Ealing, West London in the same year, before becoming  Principal of an academy in south east London in 2009. He took up his current position in 2012.  In addition to his current role, Andrew is a member of the board of Future Leaders, a trustee of the Hirst Miners’ Welfare, and serves on committees for the Association of Anglican Secondary Heads, the NAHT Secondary Heads, amongst other commitments.

Jimmy Lang

Jimmy LangI have lived in North Seaton for 40 years and represented this community for 30 yrs as the local County Councillor. This community is very important to me and ensuring that its children receive the best possible education is a main priority. During the planning and building of the academy I took an active role as part of the steering group overseeing the development. Leaving school in 1970 I worked in the mining industry for 25 yrs in a number of management roles, moving from mining I have continued in a number of different roles from Factory Manager, Health and Safety Manager and Project Management in the Oil and Gas Industry.

Jane Scott

I qualified as a Primary Teacher in 1973 and worked initially in South Yorkshire. After some years away from teaching to be at home with my children, I returned to teaching in Northumberland. I was ordained in 2001 and have served as a priest in Denton, Seahouses, Beadnell and latterly Monkseaton. I am a member of the Newcastle Diocesan Board of Education.I am now delighted to have been given the opportunity to serve on the board of governors at the Academy and I will do all that I can to support the staff and pupils, as they strive to achieve their full potential.

Alex Cox

I am a solicitor and partner at the law firm Ward Hadaway specialising in development and property work.  I was involved with the original establishment of the Academy and was delighted to be given the opportunity to continue my association with it as one of the sponsor governors.  Along with my fellow governors, I am committed to supporting the Academy and ensuring that we create an environment where our young people can achieve their full potential.

John Marshall

I am a lawyer and spent my legal career at Dickinson Dees LLP, latterly Bond Dickinson LLP, from 1989-2016 as a Disputes Resolution lawyer working nationwide, and latterly Senior Partner.  I am Chair of Newcastle Gateshead Initiative, the destination marketing organisation for Newcastle, Gateshead and the wider region.  I am also Chair of Trustees of Newcastle United Foundation, Chair of the Regional Development Committee for Prince’s Trust, Council Member for North East England Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Advisory Board for Newcastle University Business School.   I am proud to serve as a Foundation Governor and am committed to ensure every child here gets the opportunity, and is encouraged, to achieve to their full potential

Martin Browell

I work for Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust as an Assistant Practitioner at Northgate Hospital in Morpeth and I am a parent of two girls, one in primary and one in secondary at Josephine Butler Campus. For the last five years I have also been the Chairperson of the Friends of Josephine Butler Primary Campus and during this time I have organised many fundraising events such as school fairs, discos and our annual fun run, securing in excess of £50,000 to support charities, extra-curricular activities and resources. I work hard to ensure the school is a vibrant part of the local community and am an ambassador for them with local businesses, families and other organisations.  I also support, where possible, with school trips to local points of interest, museums and other attractions, I have recently become more involved in supporting the learners and staff of Josephine Butler Primary with their alternative curriculum and very popular award winning gardening group. These give learners a chance to work outdoors on such projects as planting, cultivating and harvesting their own flowers and vegetables.  I am very interested in how learning is developing within the academy and I am committed to help make each learner in the academy the best they can be.

Stephen Purvis

I serve as a Foundation Governor representing the Bishop and Diocese of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne.  Born and bred in the North East, I served for 12 years in the Royal Navy as a pilot in both fixed and rotary wing aircraft.  I served operationally around the world including in Northern Ireland, Iraq and latterly in support of the campaign in Afghanistan.  Retiring in 2011 I started a bespoke software business that grew rapidly and was sold as a group of companies in 2016.  I have invested in 10 North East technology companies and am on the board of around half of those.  I am the co-founder and Chairman of the dedicated Northern policy think tank – Policy North.  I run a private charitable foundation and live and manage a country hall and estate in mid-Northumberland.  I have a passion for investing in our children as future technologists and entrepreneurs.

Contact

The Acting Chair of Governors, John Brearley, may be contacted by email at governor@ncea.org.uk or in writing:

The Governing Body
c/o The Northumberland Church of England Academy
Josephine Butler Campus
Academy Road
Ashington
NE63 9FZ