School Forum

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

  • Tuesday 11 October 2022
  • Monday 16 January 2023
  • Tuesday 7 March 2023

All meetings take places at the Town Hall at 2pm.

Next meeting

The Darlington School Forum is currently holding meetings virtually rather than in person.

Non School Forum members are still welcome to attend the meeting as non participating observers.

Should you wish to attend a meeting, please contact Emma Clennell for joining instructions.

Most recent meeting

17 May 2022

Previous meetings

Membership

Nursery schools

Helen Dummett – Darlington Nursery Schools

Primary schools

  • Shirley Welsh - Whinfield Primary School
    • Substitute
    • Michelle Charlton - Whinfield Primary School

Pupil referral unit

  • Sally Hudson - Rise Carr College
    • Substitute
    • Kerry Loftus - Rise Carr College

Academy primary schools

  • Paula Ayto (Vice Chair)- Reid Street Primary School
  • Peter King – Federation of Mowden Schools
  • Kelly-Ann Lyle – The Rydal Academy
  • Jo Blackham - Mt Pleasant Primary
  • Peter Norman - St Bede’s RC Primar
  • Marco Ramsay -  St John Academy
    • Substitutes
    • Libby Truby – The Rydal Academy
    • John Armitage - The Rydal Academy
    • Kate Chisholm - Skerne Park Academy
    • Gerry Mackowski – St Bede’s RC Primary

Academy secondary schools

  • Dean Judson (Chair) - Hurworth School
  • Mike Shorten - Carmel College
  • Nicole Gibbon – St Aidan’s Academy
  • Kate Reid – Polam Hall School
  • Mike Fryer - Hummersknott Academy
    • Substitutes
    • Glen Hart - Hurworth School
    • Maura Regan - Carmel College
    • Anthony Martin– St Aidan’s Academy
    • Julie Mogridge - Polam Hall
    • Cllr Alan McNab - Hummersknott Academy

Academy special schools

  • Mike Butler - The Education Village
    • Substitute
    • Katheryn Stephenson - The Education Village

Diocesan representatives

  • Jennifer Moorhouse – Roman Catholic Diocese of Hexham & Newcastle
  • Judith Skirving - Bishopton Redmarshall CofE
    • Substitutes
    • Deborah Fox – Carmel College

16-19 education

Paul Richardson - Head of 16-19

PVI early years providers

  • Ella Long - Play Hut
    • Substitute
    • Ian Maile - Flora House

LEA observers:

  • Tony Murphy (Head of Education & Inclusion)
  • Emma Clennell (Finance Manager)
  • Jack Aconley-Foster (Finance Officer)

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