Governance 

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The Chair of Governors can be contacted via Rebecca Tills, the Clerk to Governors at rebecca.tills@laidlawschoolstrust.com, Laidlaw Schools Trust, Suite 2, 3rd Floor, St Nicholas Building, St Nicholas’ Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1RF or 0191 6622416.

John Robinson

John Robinson

Chair of Governors

John was born, bred and has lived all his life in Sedgefield, married to Maxine. John and both of his children are ex-pupils of the College and John is so proud to be its Chairman. He has been given the gift of 5 wonderful grandchildren, who keep him young!

He has spent all his professional life working in the National Health Service, initially as a nurse working in many local general and mental health hospitals, before going into Nursing Education and then Management. He was for 14 years Vice Chair and SID of the local Mental Health Trust.

He is currently the County Councillor for Sedgefield Division where his roles include Chair of Durham and Darlington Fire Authority, including National Fire Commission and FSMC. He Chairs the County Adult, Health, and Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee along with Regional Health Committees. He is also Chair of Durham County Planning Committee. He is a Justice of the Peace.

It is an honour and pleasure to Chair the Governing Body of such a wonderful College and to support and encourage the young people of today who will be the Adults of the Future.

Sarah Nattrass

Sarah Nattrass

Vice Chair of Governors

Sarah joined County Durham Fire Brigade in 1994 serving as a retained firefighter at Stanhope fire station for two years before joining the wholetime service in 1996.  Sarah has served her wholetime career in Cumbria Fire Service and Cleveland Fire Brigade before returning to County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service in 2000.  

She has had a wide and varied career serving at a number of fire stations and within support departments across the service gaining a wide range of operational, managerial and leadership experience. Sarah specialised as the Quality Assurance Manager in Training, Risk Manager, Operations Delivery Manager, Head of Organisational Development and Head of Workforce Development.

Sarah was appointed as Assistant Chief Fire Officer on 14 February 2018 and is a member of the Service Leadership Team with strategic responsibility for the Service’s support functions which include, Training, Assets, Assurance and Workforce Development.

In 2016 Sarah gained a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Teesside University.

Sarah has been a governor at Sedgefield Community College since 2018 taking an active part in her role and is the link governor for health and safety.

Christopher Baines

Christopher Baines

Parent Governor

Chris has been a parent governor at SCC for three years and is a primary school Headteacher in County Durham. After graduating from Lancaster University in 1998, Chris returned back to the North East to focus on teaching in primary education. Throughout his career he has held a number of teaching and leadership positions across two Local Authorities and has been a serving Headteacher for over 10 years. 

During his time as a parent governor at SCC, Chris has been involved in the appointment of a new Headteacher and the conversion of the school to become part of the Laidlaw Schools Trust. In his governor role he is responsible for the monitoring of teaching and learning.

Chris has no other relevant business interests and pecuniary interests that impact on his role as a governor.

Melvyn Carr

Melvyn Carr

Local Governor

Before retiring Melvyn was a director of a company involved with a section of the construction trade and can appreciate the financial and personal problems that can occur in any type of business.

Melvyn has been a governor at the College since 2012 and has been pleased to be associated with the rise to the success that it has achieved with the hard work of Head Mr David Davis, the dedicated staff and governors. He is sure that the transfer to the Laidlaw Schools Trust and new Head Mr Geoffrey Robinson will continue with the success achieved.

The Special Educational Needs is one of the areas that Melvyn has been involved with as well as finance over his period of attendance.

Having two children, one in teaching and two grandchildren of school-age gives Melvyn a direct insight into educational queries or problems.

Fiona Clark

Fiona Clark

Local Governor

Fiona has been involved in the Education sector for approximately thirty years starting her career as a volunteer within primary school and has worked within the Primary, Secondary, Further and Adult Education sectors both in an administrative capacity dealing with auditing, Quality Assurance, and general office administration and working on ESF projects. In Further and Adult Education, she has taught Functional English, Communication, Personal
Effectiveness, Confidence Building, ICT, Art and, as previously mentioned, Specialist Learning Support Assistants to Level 3. Within a support capacity she has assisted pupils with a variety of learning difficulties and disabilities including: Cerebral Palsy, Aspergers Syndrome (a form of autism), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Dyslexia.
She has supported and assessed and supported new pupils (and their families) who were entering into the education system from other schools and countries through their period of transition. At the beginning of her career Fiona was employed by a local Education Department to establish an Educational Resource Centre for psychologists, teachers, teaching assistants and therapists. As well as being a qualified Guide leader in the Guide Association for twenty-six years, Fiona is a qualified Youth Worker (Christian and secular) and was responsible for establishing and delivering courses about Teenage Pregnancy Strategy within youth centres and employed as a Young Carers Activities Worker organising activities at various levels including residentials.

Fiona has continued to train in order to expand her knowledge of how to assist students needs further including a Dyslexia course, Assisting Students with Visual, Hearing and Learning Difficulties, Sign Language, Equality and Diversity Awareness, and Safeguarding. At present she is undertaking a Personal Coaching Course in which she assists people with self-development by setting achievable goals.

Fiona’s husband is a Technical Author and they support their children and three
grandchildren on a regular basis.

Fiona believes that all children and young people have the right to an education and that it is imperative that they are assisted in achieving their highest goals. She currently assists young people with homework.

Helen Lloyd

Helen Lloyd

Local Governor

Helen is a registered Operating Department Practitioner and since 2010 has worked in NHS hospitals around the region in perioperative care, the latest being cardiothoracic surgery at James Cook University Hospital.

 In 2018, Helen joined Teesside University as a Lecturer in the School of Health and Life Sciences and is now a Senior Lecturer, having completed the PGC in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. With two children of secondary school age, she has a specific interest in curriculum development but also the mental health and wellbeing of students.

She is currently studying for her PhD in nutrition and the optimisation of elderly surgical patients has been published in leading perioperative peer-reviewed journals and is a professional mentor for the Girl Network Charity.

 

 

Christopher Prynn

Christopher Prynn

Local Governor

Chris has been a parent governor at Sedgefield Community College since 2017. Chris has enjoyed working as part of the SCC governing body team and is currently an associate governor.

Both of Chris’s children are currently at SCC and his wife is a primary school teacher, so Chris has a good insight into both the challenges of providing a great educational experience and of high parental expectations.

Since graduating from University in 1995, Chris has had leadership roles within the retail,  telecommunications and insurance industries. Several of Chris’s recent roles have focused on providing exceptional customer satisfaction and the achievement of a variety of business and customer targets.

Chris believes that many of the same principles of delivering a great customer experience in business also apply to the way we communicate and treat our parents.

Toby Sweet

Toby Sweet

Parent Governor

Toby was delighted to be elected a parent governor of SCC in 2021 as he has a keen family interest in the running of the school. He has two sons and two nephews who have been pupils at the school in the past and a daughter and granddaughter who are currently attending the school. He has been a governor at Fishburn Primary School since 2016 so also has useful experience of the role of school governor and is keen to contribute to the ongoing success of SCC.

He is a qualified counsellor, with a master’s degree from Durham University, and has spent most of his career working in the voluntary sector. Since 2007 he has been the CEO of a mental health charity which provides a wide range of counselling, talking therapy and support services for children, young people and adults across the northeast of England. He brings significant experience of running a complex organisation, including knowledge of employment law, HR processes, financial management and planning, and health and safety at work legislation. He is responsible for setting the vision and strategic direction for the organisation, as well as for financial and operational performance. He is keen to support the school to ensure that it meets the needs of any children and staff members who are experiencing mental or emotional difficulties.