Headteacher’s Welcome
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Headteacher’s Welcome

I am proud to have been Headteacher at Framwellgate School Durham since 2017, working alongside our fantastic staff, students, and parents.

The ethos and culture of our school is based on the values of honesty and integrity; on the quality of our relationships; on respect and empathy for others; and on a genuine passion for learning.

We’ll do our very best to help our students be the best they can be and achieve the very best exam results they can. But our curriculum and teaching are about so much more. We want our students to develop friendships for life and to become caring and compassionate young adults with a range of interests and the skills they need to adapt to a changing world. And we want them to be happy. That’s not a bad aim for a school, is it?

We won’t get everything right but, like our students, we will keep trying to learn and improve. I would be delighted if you and your child chose to join us on our exciting journey. This website offers a snapshot of what we are like, so please contact us to arrange a visit.

Andy Byers


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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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