Meet the Team
Tom Urwin, Principal
Tom began his career as a Teacher of PE at Sedgefield Community before moving to work as Head of PE at Outwood Academy Acklam. He very quickly became a senior leader and had multiple roles within the Academy including as Vice Principal where Tom was in charge of behaviour.
In 2019, Tom was appointed as Principal at Outwood Academy Ormesby and led the school successfully for three years before being appointed to Consett Academy in December 2021.
Tom is really excited about leading the Academy and believes students should be put first so that they achieve brilliant things but also become well rounded and exceptional people.
Callum Brierley, Deputy Principal
Callum started his teaching career in East London as a Teacher of Physical Education quickly demonstrating his passion for pastoral leadership, becoming a Personalised Learning Coordinator. He moved on to teach in Hackney at Skinners’ Academy as a Head of House and Head of Boys PE for a further three years developing both his pastoral and curriculum leadership before moving to Heartlands High School, Wood Green in North London. In his five years there he moved into the Senior Leadership Team making a significant structural change to the pastoral curriculum to meet changing needs whilst also developing a whole school coaching programme for staff. Callum started at Jo Richardson Community School in Dagenham in 2018 as Assistant Headteacher and Designated Safeguarding Lead. During his time, across four inner London schools, Callum developed his skill set to minimise student learning barriers to ensure they can reach their maximum potential, regardless of their starting points. From April 2021 as Covid restrictions started to be lifted, Callum worked as a Deputy Principal at our partner school North Durham Academy, establishing new structures and systems across the academy for Deep Support. He now brings his experience, vision, and energy for success to Consett Academy as Deputy Principal.
Catriona Veide, Deputy Principal
Catriona Veide joined the Academy in September 2020 after 18 years teaching at Lord Lawson of Beamish Academy. Her career started as an English teacher at Easington Comprehensive School, before moving to Lord Lawson of Beamish Academy in Gateshead. Here she was successful in a number of roles: Head of English; Director of Teaching and Assistant Principal.
An experienced senior leader, Catriona’s passion is ensuring that all young people develop skills in learning so they can be successful in their futures. Catriona believes that education should provide opportunities and experiences for all young people so that they can grow and succeed.
When Catriona is not working you will find her spending time with her family, walking their dogs or coaching rugby.
Tom Clough, Assistant Principal
Tom began his teaching career at Whickham School after completing his PGCE at Northumbria University. After four years he was promoted to second in maths at the Duchess’ School where he remained for three years before promotion to Head of Maths at King Edward VI School and a further six years later he became Head of Maths and member of the sub-leadership team at Whitley Bay High School.
In September 2011, Tom was promoted to the senior leadership team at Walbottle Campus where he led on Maths, data and assessment, where progress in Maths increased rapidly which resulted in the school achieving a good grade from OFSTED. He also used his passion for teaching and learning to impact across a whole school setting and he was a regular leader of whole school CPD.
In September 2017, Tom joined the New College Durham Academies Trust as strategic lead for Maths across the Trust. He transferred to Consett Academy in March 2019 where he has had a number of roles including strategic lead to support disadvantaged students, development of NQT and ITTs and supporting the whole school strategy on data and assessment. He currently continues his work with the most disadvantaged students and now uses this experience to work with the SEND team and also leads on careers and alternative education.
Helen Potter, Assistant Principal
Having graduated in MFL from Durham University, Helen completed her PGCE at Sheffield University prior to starting her teaching career at St. Bede’s School, Lanchester. Helen left St. Bede’s to join Ryehills School, Redcar as Head of Languages.
Helen joined Consett Academy in 2013 as Learning Director for MFL building a diverse department offering several languages of study. It was during this time that Helen began to raise the International dimension of the Academy making links with schools from across the globe. Staff and students from Europe and beyond were welcomed in to the Academy and our students were given the opportunity to visit schools in other countries, including India. Since then, Helen developed her leadership across a whole school setting being promoted to Assistant Principal. In this role she has developed the opportunities for well being and enrichment in additional to the behaviour support for all students.
Louise Crawford, Deputy Principal
Louise started her career at Kenton School in 2010 as a Learning Support Assistant. This experience gave her the belief that an outstanding education is the single most powerful tool in a young person’s life. In 2011, Louise became a Teacher of Dance, where she rapidly progressed to become Head of Dance at North Durham Academy in 2012, a post held for 5 years. Following this, Louise took on the role of Year 11 Achievement Leader and joined the Senior Leadership Team.
Louise joined Consett Academy in September 2018 as Head of Sport, Art and Performance. Shortly after this, Louise was appointed as Associate Assistant Principal and became involved in Academy Leadership. Louise is still driven by her early experiences and this motivates her to do everything in her power to develop students into well rounded individuals; not only with outstanding qualifications but the skills and personal qualities needed to be successful in life.
Jim Green, Head of Technology & Vocational & Associate Assistant Principal
Jim graduated in Internet Computing BSc (Hons.) from Northumbria University in 2007 and subsequently completed his PGCE in ICT at Sunderland University in 2008.
In his NQT year at Moorside Community Technology College, he joined the Teaching & Learning group and started delivering CPD to other colleagues. He has a passion for computing which was recognised when he became a CAS Master Teacher delivering CPD to other computing teachers both locally and throughout the region at conferences. Within the last year Jim has lead County wide Computing CPD.
Whilst at Consett Academy Jim has held the posts of Computing Learning Leader, Lead Teaching Coach and Head of Technical & Vocational. During his time as Head of Subject he has navigated through curriculum changes, improved the subjects on offer and overall student outcomes. In addition to this role Jim is an Associate Assistant Principal leading the Remote Learning.
Laura Jobling, Head of Sixth Form
Laura began her teaching career at Teesdale School in 2012, after completing a Psychology degree at Newcastle University and PGCE at Northumbria University. Laura then joined Consett Academy in 2015 as Learning Leader for Social Sciences, with the results for both Psychology and Sociology remaining consistently high. She then moved to Achievement Leader within the Sixth Form in 2017, before becoming Head of Sixth Form in 2019. Laura’s passion for teaching Psychology and Sociology remains, encouraging students to delve into human mind and behaviour, as well as discussing and debating key issues in society.
Laura’s aim is that each and every member of the Sixth Form develops holistically into young adults, not only possessing the qualifications needed to move to the next stage in their careers, but also the qualities and skills needed to be well-rounded members of the community.