Academy board has new man at the top

The Three Rivers Learning Trust chairman of the board Paul Carvin, left, with out-going chairman Roger Vaughan.
The Three Rivers Learning Trust chairman of the board Paul Carvin, left, with out-going chairman Roger Vaughan.

A Morpeth resident who had a key part to play when the town’s three biggest schools joined forces has stepped down from his leading role.

Over the last decade, Roger Vaughan has worked alongside headteachers, senior staff and fellow governors and directors to implement new structures, practices and initiatives that have made the quality of education for young people in the area even better.

As a result, he has decided that now is the right time for someone else to take on the position of chairman at The Three Rivers Learning Trust. He will continue as a director.

The man replacing him is Paul Carvin, who was involved in education all his working life.

Mr Vaughan’s career included technical consultancy, ship-building and academic research in both project management and issues around information sharing in the public sector, particularly children’s services.

He is married with six grown up children, four of whom were at King Edward VI School, and became a governor at Longhorsley First School and then KEVI.

He was appointed chairman of governors at KEVI in 2004 and then had this role for the ‘hard federation’ between KEVI and its two main feeder middle schools – Chantry and Newminster.

When the three schools became a converter academy in December 2011, Mr Vaughan became chairman of the board for The Three Rivers Learning Trust.

“King Edward VI School was already a leader in education under both the previous heads, Michael Duffy and Jane Mann, and Simon Taylor (who started in April 2007) has taken it on to an outstanding Ofsted grade in all categories,” he said.

“The role of chair includes working alongside heads to absorb the stream of changes coming from the Department for Education and helping staff to adapt to them. One of the main changes when I was chair of governors at KEVI was the Government introducing a new lesson observation policy.

“When we decided to form a hard federation in 2009, we also signed an alliance agreement with Dr Thomlinson’s Middle School in Rothbury.

“This meant that we could provide a coherent approach to educational provision from nine to 19 and work together on curriculum developments and the professional development of staff.

“We thought long and hard about the opportunity to become a ‘converter’ multi-academy learning trust, but decided that we wanted to take our destiny into our own hands.

“We are very fortunate in the expertise and experience of our directors, who are drawn from a wide range of professions, the professional quality of our staff, which includes excellent senior leadership, and the efforts and wide-ranging achievements of our students.

“I’m proud of what we as a team have managed to achieve and I wish Paul all the best during his time as chair.”

Mr Vaughan added that Chantry and Newminster have also got even better over the last five years – their most recent Ofsted reports were very positive.

Mr Carvin’s jobs have included being a teacher, senior leader in a large secondary school, advisory and inspection work and the position of head of education for Gateshead Council. He has two grown up children, both of whom attended KEVI.

He said: “I’m very excited about taking on this role. There is probably more change happening in education at this time than at any other point in the last quarter of a century, so it will be important to make sure that we are ready for it all.

“This is my opportunity to put something back into a system that helped me to have a long career.

“Roger’s achievements have been phenomenal and he has been a big part of our schools’ success during a time of great structural change.”