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The Sjovoll Centre and Lettings

The Sjovoll Centre

At The Sjøvoll Centre we have a vision for Innovation, Education and Industry.

We have a passion for STEM and aim to inspire others to share our enthusiasm for developing best practice for teaching, learning and business in this area.

We offer an inspiring space for meeting, sharing and learning in the heart of Durham. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch to discuss your bespoke conference needs.

The building was renamed The Sjøvoll Centre on 6th February 2014 in honour and memory of Joan Sjøvoll, headteacher at Framwellgate School Durham who died in January 2013.

Joan was an inspirational individual who led the school for 12 years and was the driving force behind the creation of this centre which reflects her belief in the importance of science education. She worked tirelessly at Framwellgate School Durham and in the wider educational world to promote innovation and inquiry.

This centre and all that happens within it is testament to her vision, drive and commitment to ensuring that young people are given opportunity to become all that they can be.




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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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