School forum

The school forum is a formal advisory and decision making body for the allocation of funding for schools in Darlington. The key roles are:

  • To be consulted upon changes to the funding formula proposed by Darlington Borough Council
  • To decide upon the allocation of funding for centrally held budgets
  • To give a view upon a number of areas including: 
    • contracts for the provision of services to schools
    • the minimum funding guarantee
    • financial arrangements for special educational needs
    • financial arrangements for education out of school
    • financial arrangements for early years

Future Meetings

  • 4 October 2016
  • 7 March 2017
  • 16 May 2017

All meetings are held at 2pm at the Town Hall.

Upcoming Meetings

4 October 2016

Previous Meetings

17 May 2016 - 2pm Darlington Town Hall

8 May 2016 - 2pm Darlington Town Hall

12 January 2016 - 2pm Darlington Town Hall

06 October 2015 - 2pm Darlington Town Hall

19 May 2015 - 2 pm Darlington Town Hall

10 March 2015 - 2pm Darlington Town Hall

13 January 2015 - 2pm Darlington Town Hall

Tuesday 7 October 2014

Tuesday 10 June 2014

Tuesday 29 April 2014

Tuesday 14 January 2014

Tuesday 19 November 2013

Tuesday 8 October 2013

Tuesday 11 June 2013


Terms of reference [pdf document]

Maintained Schools

Nursery schools: Julia Thompson – Borough Rd Nursery School (Substitute Neil Parker – George Dent Nursery School)

Primary schools: Shirley Welsh - Whinfield Primary School, Ann Pringleton – Corporation Road Community Primary School. (Substitutes - Michelle Charlton - Whinfield Primary School)

Pupil referral unit: Kay Kelly - Rise Carr College (Substitute - Kerry Loftus - Rise Carr College)

Maintained Schools Governors

Primary schools: Craig Alderson - High Coniscliffe (Substitute - Alison Dunford - Northwood Primary School)

Academy Schools

Academy primary schools: Richard Gartland - The Education Village, Peter King (Chair) – Federation of Mowden Schools, Catherine Thompson - West Park Academy, Paula Ayto - Reid Street Primary School, Chris Peacocok - Holy Family RC School (Substitute - Sarah Roberts - West Park, Angela Henderson - Springfield Academy, John Armitage - The Rydal Academy, Kate Chisholm - Skerne Park Academy, Martina McCollom - St Augustine's RC Primary School).

Academy secondary schools: Dean Judson (Vice Chair) - Hurworth School, Maura Regan - Carmel College, Susan Johnson - Longfield Academy, Sam Towle – DSMS, Mike Fryer - Hummersknott Academy, (Substitutes - Nick Gawthorpe - Hurworth School, Mike Shorten - Carmel College, Sara Davidson - Longfield Academy, Sam Towle - DSMS, Cllr Alan McNab - Hummersknott Academy)

Academy special schools: Clare Devine - The Education Village (Substitute - Jo Allen - The Education Village)

Non School Members

Diocesan representatives: Joe Hughes - Roman Catholic Diocese of Hexham & Newcastle, Christine Large – St John’s C of E Primary School (Substitute- Jennifer Moorhouse - Diocese of Hexham & Newcastle, Wendy Aitken - High Coniscliffe CE Primary School)

16-19 education: Paul Richardson - Head of 16-19

PVI early years providers: Adrian Crompton - Danesmoor, Emma Calvert – William House Nursery (Substitute - Ian Maile - Flora House)

LEA observers: Rachel Kershaw (Head of School and Pupil Support Services, Brett Nielsen (Finance Manager), Elaine Sayers (Finance Officer), Clerk (Democratic Services)