Senior Leadership Team
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Senior Leadership Team

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    Andy Byers Headteacher Find out more
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    Andy Byers Headteacher

    Andy Byers has been Headteacher at FSD since September 2017. He studied economics at the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne and after three (best forgotten) years as an accountant, became a teacher in 1992. Prior to taking up this post, Andy was Head of School at Queen Elizabeth High School in Hexham. He tweets as @framheadteacher and despite evidence to the contrary, tries to stay out of the press as much as possible. Andy is proud to be on the advisory board of Schools North East and is member of the Association of Education Advisors.

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    Jane Rayson Deputy Headteacher Find out more
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    Jane Rayson Deputy Headteacher

    Jane Rayson has been Deputy Headteacher at FSD since January 2018. She studied English with history at the University of Sunderland and started her teaching career in 1998. Prior to this Jane worked as a civil servant for two years (with some part time DJ work!) whilst waiting to start her PGCE at Newcastle University. Jane originally started teaching at FSD in 1999, eventually becoming Head of English and Assistant Head. She left to pursue a challenge in a different school in 2010 but returned to Fram in 2015. She tweets as @janerayson and occasionally writes a blog entitled The Notebook. Jane is an avid reader and regularly posts about books she has read.

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    Helen Machin Assistant Headteacher Find out more
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    Helen Machin Assistant Headteacher

    Helen Machin is proud to have been a part of FSD since September 2005, first as a teacher of RE and sociology, then as deputy and curriculum leader of the Social Sciences Directorate before becoming an Assistant Headteacher in January 2018. Helen is originally from Cambridge but moved to the North East to attend Newcastle University where she studied religious studies before completing a PGCE at Durham University. Helen has taught many subjects but in recent years is known mostly as a psychology teacher and loves to combine this with educational thinking and cognitive science. Helen tweets at @helenmachin23 and is passionate about all things Teaching & Learning, cognitive science and CPD.

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    Louise Lutynski Assistant Headteacher Find out more
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    Louise Lutynski Assistant Headteacher

    Louise started her career as a PE teacher at Prudhoe Community High School and enjoyed 7 years at the school before joining FSD in 2014 as Director of Sport. She studied Sports Science at Manchester Metropolitain University before returning to the North East to complete her PGCE at Durham University. Louise has been appointed as Assistant Head from September 2021 with the focus of raising achievement across KS3 and 4 and closing the attainment gap. Passionate about the power of physical activity and the benefits it can bestow upon people’s lives, she is determined to expose young people to as many different sporting experiences as possible in the hope that they will engage in lifelong participation. Once a county level sportswoman in a number of sports including hockey and football, these days you’re more likely to find her paddle boarding (or trying to) at Cullercoats Bay.

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    Kate O'Neill Assistant Headteacher Find out more
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    Kate O'Neill Assistant Headteacher

    Kate joined FSD in January 2021 as Assistant Headteacher. She has a degree in history, specialising in the History of Medicine and Science, and then achieved a PGCE in 2008 from Durham University before going on to complete a Masters in Education in 2011. Kate has worked in numerous schools in the North East as a history teacher. Teaching history has always been a passion and she enjoys sharing and presenting new ideas with other teachers around the country. Kate spent a year in Canada, teaching and travelling, before returning to the North East and enjoying a role as Head of Year in the Sixth Form at King Edward VI School in Northumberland. 

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    Wendy Pattison Business Director Find out more
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    Wendy Pattison Business Director

    Wendy Pattison has been the Business Director at FSD since July 2014. Wendy started her career working for Sunderland City Council where she worked as a buyer in the Corporate Procurement Team, and then progressed to leading a team of school financial management advisors supporting schools throughout the LA. From there, Wendy became the Business Manager for five years at Sandhill View School, before moving in to the academy sector at FSD. Wendy also delivers training for local authorities across the region to support their Governor Training Programmes, a role she relishes.

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    Fran Ward Assistant Headteacher Find out more
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    Fran Ward Assistant Headteacher

    Fran Ward has been Assistant Headteacher overseeing student development at FSD since September 2017. He studied history and politics at Durham University before training to become a teacher and taking up a post at Framwellgate Moor Comprehensive School as the youngest member of staff in 1995. He has previous experience as Head of History and Head of Sixth Form in the school and is rapidly moving towards being the longest serving staff member. He has an avid interest in sports, representing Ireland at schoolboy level, although more of a watcher than a player these days.

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    Leeanne Mersh-Roberts Assistant Headteacher Find out more
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    Leeanne Mersh-Roberts Assistant Headteacher

    Leeanne joined FSD in 2007 after starting her career as an RE teacher in York. She has been the Head of Sixth Form since 2017 and was previously responsible for RE in the school alongside being a Specialist Leader of Education (SLE). Leeanne was appointed Assistant Headteacher in September 2020 with responsibility for the sixth form and primary transition.  She has a degree in Theology and Religious Studies and teaches RE and sociology. Leeanne is known by her students for her fascination of the history of the papacy and has a collection of related memorabilia bought for her by her students over the years.

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    Lucy Weston Director of Safeguarding Find out more
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    Lucy Weston Director of Safeguarding

    Lucy spent several years as a police officer prior to making the decision to pursue a career in education. Lucy has a wealth of experience in operational safeguarding. Before taking up her role as Director of Safeguarding at FSD, she spent a number of years as a Year Manager at Jesmond Park Academy in Newcastle, and before this was a key member of the Care and Guidance Faculty at Ashington High School in Northumberland. An avid fitness enthusiast, animal lover, and Harry Potter fan, Lucy spends her spare time running, walking her dogs and teaching martial arts based fitness classes.

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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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