Establishment Venerable Bede Church of England Academy

URN: 139184

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Tunstall Bank, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, SR2 0SX
Local authority:
Sunderland (394)
Mr David Airey
Age range: Help with this field
11 to 16
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Academy sponsor:
Dayspring Trust
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URN: 139184, DfE number: 394/4073
UKPRN: 10039973
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Ofsted rating:
Good (Last inspection: 25 May 2016)
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Religious character:
Church of England
Diocese of Durham
Religious ethos:
Does not apply
No boarders
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No Nursery Classes
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Does not have a sixth form
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Not applicable
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Not applicable
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Chair of local governing body

Chair of local governing body
Name Shared with Appointed by From To
David Tolhurst Not recorded Appointed by GB/board 25/03/2019 24/03/2023

Local governors

Local governors
Name Shared with Appointed by From To
David Airey Not recorded Ex-officio by virtue of office as headteacher/principal 25/03/2019 24/03/2023
Lisa Cockburn Not recorded Elected by school staff 25/03/2019 24/03/2023
Mark Thompson Not recorded Appointed by foundation/Trust 25/03/2019 24/03/2023
Scott Jennings Not recorded Appointed by GB/board 25/03/2019 24/03/2023
Suzanne Carty Not recorded Elected by parents 25/03/2019 24/03/2023
Kate Jones Not recorded Elected by parents 23/11/2016 23/11/2020

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Historical governance
Name Role Appointed by From To
Richard Patrick Thorndyke Chair of local governing body Ex-officio foundation governor (appointed by foundation by virtue of the office they hold) 14/11/2018 25/03/2019
Dawn Outen Local governor Elected by school staff 26/01/2015 01/11/2018
Darrell Gilley Local governor Elected by parents 23/11/2016 19/07/2018
Elizabeth Gray Local governor Ex-officio foundation governor (appointed by foundation by virtue of the office they hold) 14/11/2014 19/07/2018
RSC Region:
North of England
Government Office Region:
North East
Parliamentary Constituency:
Sunderland Central
Urban/Rural Description:
Urban major conurbation
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Middle Super Output Area (MSOA):
Sunderland 031
Lower Super Output Area (LSOA):
Sunderland 031B

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