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Originally named the Science Learning Centre North East, the centre was built in 2005 and owned by Durham University.

The building was re-named The Sjøvoll Centre on February 2014 in honour of Joan Sjøvoll, headteacher at Framwellgate School Durham, who died in January 2013. As an inspirational individual, Joan led the school for 12 years and was the driving force behind the creation of this centre which reflected her belief in science education. Joan worked tirelessly, both at Framwellgate School Durham, and in the wider educational world, to promote creativity, innovation and enquiry. This centre, and all that happens within it, is testament to her vision, drive and commitment to ensuring that young people are given opportunities to become all that they can be.

At present, the building is primarily used as a conference and events centre with current permanent rentals within the centre being Investing in Children and County Durham Sport.

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We’re pleased to confirm that school will be open to all students tomorrow (Thursday 28th September). Our Open Evening will also go ahead as planned.

Our biometric (fingerprint) lunch system will not be fully operational tomorrow so we will offer a more limited hot and cold food service at lunchtime, and toast in the morning (no bottled drinks and cakes) but the menu will be offered free of charge to all students tomorrow.

We’re sorry for the disruption caused.

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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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