The Excel Academy Partnership

Framwellgate School Durham is part of the Excel Academy Partnership Trust, a charitable company limited by guarantee which was established on the 1st December 2011.

The Excel Academy Partnership Trust is governed by a Board of Trustees who are responsible for the administration of the Trust in accordance with the provisions set out in its Memorandum and Articles of Association. The Trust is responsible for the academic performance of all schools within the partnership, providing direction, support and challenge to Governing Boards and Headteachers.

The Governing Board of Framwellgate School Durham operates as a Committee of the Trust Board, with delegated responsibility for the day to day running and operation of the school. The Governing Board of Framwellgate School Durham is bound by the Trust’s Scheme of Delegation which provides clarity to Governing Boards, allowing them to discharge their duties and responsibilities effectively.

For further information on the Excel Academy Partnership Trust, please contact us.

Local Governing Board

The governing board of Framwellgate School Durham plays an important role in leadership and governance. A committee of the Excel Academy Partnership Trust it is accountable to the Trust Board for the leadership and performance of the school. Governors have a duty to oversee the strategic direction of the school and to monitor standards. Above all, the role of the governors is to provide support and challenge to the Headteacher and senior leadership of the school.

In this section of the website you will find more details about individual governors and our ways of working. There are six full governing board meetings each year, supported by the work of three committees and link governors. The Expectations and Protocol documents indicate that we set our standards high. Governors are actively involved in the school and we place a strong focus on training so that governors are up to date with the constant changes in education.

In order to help parents and the wider community gain an insight into the work of our governing board a Governor Update is written each half term. If you require any further information about the governing board of Framwellgate School Durham, or you are interested in joining the governors, please do not hesitate to contact the Chair via the clerk to the Trust at

  • Amanda Hopgood

    Amanda Hopgood

    Chair of the Trust Board

    Amanda Hopgood

    Chair of the Trust Board
    Amanda is Chair of the Excel Academy Trust Board. Amanda...
  • Angela Darnell

    Angela Darnell

    Chair of Governors

    Angela Darnell

    Chair of Governors
    Angela Darnell started her teaching career at Framwellgate School Durham...
  • Andy         Byers

    Andy Byers

    Head Teacher

    Andy Byers

    Head Teacher
    Proud to be Headteacher of Framwellgate School Durham (Sept 2017),...

Governance Information

Please click on the links below to view the relevant information about our Trust and Local Governing Board, including structures, meetings schedules, membership, declarations of interest and attendance records. Trustees are appointed by the Trust Board and Local Governors are appointed by the Local Governing Board, with a standard term of office of 4 years.


Governance structure

Scheme of Delegation

Scheme of Delegation summary document


Committee Membership Sept 2018

LGB and Link Governors

Governor Details

Membership and terms of office (available through the DfE website)

Calendar of meetings

Governance Calendar 2018-19

Trust Board and Committee meetings 2018-19

Attendance records


Attendance 2018-19


Attendance 2017-18


Attendance 2016-17

Register of Interests and Significant Control

Register of Business and Pecuniary Interests

Register of People with Significant Control

Governor expectations, protocols, skills and training