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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

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 Chair of the Board of Trustees is Mr Stephen Hall. The Chief Executive Officer of the Trust is Andy Byers and the Chief Financial Officer is Wendy Pattison.

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. The Chair of the Local Governing Board is Mrs Angela Darnell.

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 two 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


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Amanda is Chair of the Excel Academy Trust Board. Amanda became a parent governor in 2009 and has enjoyed several responsibilities across this time including being Chair of the Achievement and Standards committee, a member of the Excel Academy Audit committee, and most recently has been appointed as a Member of the Excel Academy Partnership. Her career started out with the Halifax Building Society where she worked as a mortgage advisor for 20 years, before entering the political arena. Amanda is a County Councillor for Durham County Council, representing Framwellgate and Newton Hall ward. Amanda was formerly a student at Framwellgate School Durham, where she met her husband and many other friends, as well as taking on the responsibility of being Deputy Head Girl. Amanda is passionate about the school and local area and is actively involved in the school at every opportunity.

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