Academy Council Members

Michael Bone (Chair)
I am a Principal Inspector at the Health and Safety Executive, where I have worked for 17 years. I have a great deal of experience in the practice of inspection, investigation and enforcement of Health and Safety legislation. This has taken place across all different industries, including education and the service sector. Over the last three years I have held a national role overseeing all aspects of cost recovery related to HSE operational activity. Prior to that I worked closely with industry developing policies and procedures with key stakeholders, chairing working groups and committees on a regular basis.

I have effective communication and negotiation skills and have experience of dealing with challenging and difficult situations.

Our family moved to Morpeth almost nine years ago when our eight year old was two weeks old! She is now just about to step up to Newminster and enjoyed every single moment at Abbeyfields. Our second daughter is just about to start in Year 2 at Abbeyfields. My wife, Helen, is a dentist practising in Alnwick. As a family, we enjoy camping, walking, family holidays and generally just being together.

We support Abbeyfields where the educational ethos is of achievement in a nurturing and caring environment. I am very proud to be associated with Abbeyfields and enjoy every minute I spend there. Now that we have joined The Three Rivers I am looking forward to supporting the trust in any way I can.

I have an active interest in several sports and am currently captain of the Fourth team at Morpeth Rugby Club and a member of Morpeth Golf Club.
Jan Curry (Staff)
I have worked at Abbeyfields for over 30 years. I started as a member of Riverbank School which eventually amalgamated with Abbeyfields. I worked in Special Group for 18 years before moving into mainstream education within the school. I have worked in both key stage 1 and key stage 2. I ran the allotment at Abbeyfields along with a colleague which proved to be very successful in both Northumbria in Bloom which we won three times and Morpeth Mayor Competition which we won each year we entered. I have been a governor for many years and enjoy this role. I enjoy taking the children in Year 4 on their residential visit which I feel is very important for them to experience. I support all events taking place at the school and have recently been part of the very successful musical the children performed in. Abbeyfields is a very important part of my life and hope it continues to be so for many more years to come.
Lauren Jones (Staff)
I was raised and educated in Morpeth and graduated with a Bachelor of Education degree with honours in 1991. I am now in my 23 year of teaching at Abbeyfields, the school that I love! I have taught throughout the first school, and have been privileged to work alongside children with severe learning difficulties when Abbeyfields was an integrated mainstream and special school.

Currently I am a Year 1 class teacher and also the school Subject Leader for Science. I also have a leadership role coordinating playtimes and lunchtimes. A year ago I became a Specialist Leader of Education for The Three Rivers Teaching Schools Alliance and as part of my role I deliver training to Newly Qualified Teachers. It feels great to be able to share my passion and experience with those who are just beginning in the profession.

Abbeyfields has a special place in my heart. It is particularly important to me as I chose this special place to be the starting point for my own two children to begin their education. They are now continuing their journey through the Three Rivers Trust.
Clare Savage (Parent)
Having trained as a history teacher in Leeds I joined The King Edward VI School in 2003 initially as a Year Leader, then Assistant Headteacher. I am currently Deputy Headteacher and lead the Three Rivers Teaching School Alliance in the delivery of ITT training and CPD across the Alliance and beyond. In this role I have also led the delivery of bespoke support to other schools.

I am committed to giving all students the opportunity to achieve to the best of their ability, exceeding their own expectations and developing a genuine engagement with learning.

My two sons are currently having a great time at Abbeyfields and I look forward to seeing them progress through The Three Rivers and enjoying all the opportunities available to them through the Trust.
Andrew Tebbutt (Community)
I was born and educated in Bedford, but lived in Northumberland since 1973, moving to Morpeth in 1985. Married to Joan for 21 years, we have three grown up children between us, all of whom went through the Morpeth schools system. Social Services career 1965 to 1997, both at senior practice level and as Principal Training officer. I have always been active in the community, locally with Morpeth Pantomime Society & Morpeth District Arts Trust, became a local councillor in 2001. Served on Castle Morpeth Borough Council then Northumberland County Council until May 2017. Executive Member for Corporate Resources for Northumberland County Council 2008 to 2013. Morpeth Town Councillor from 2003 and ongoing – Mayor of Morpeth in 2016/17. I have been Company Secretary and trustee to Mary Hollon Annuity & Relief in Need Trust since 2010.

I have been an Abbeyfields School Governor since 2003; latterly Vice Chair of Governors. Chaired Buildings Sub Committee on various occasions, and served on both Finance & Staffing Sub Committees. I was appointed Vice Chair of Abbeyfields new Academy Council from May 2017.
Hannah Brown
I was born in Surrey but came to Newcastle University to study Medicine in 1995. After qualifying to be a doctor in 2000 I worked in hospitals across the North-East for 4 years before deciding to train in General Practice. I have now been a GP since 2006; my specialist clinical interests include child health and development and I am the nominated Lead for Safeguarding Children and Adults for my Practice. I am also actively involved in training doctors who are learning to be GPs.

My work requires me to have excellent communication skills with both children and adults. I have held a senior leadership position within the practice, which requires effective team working skills as well as recognising and developing each colleague’s unique skill-set and expertise. Working in an ever-changing NHS requires a deep understanding of the complex and varied needs of individuals within the community and the need for continual development of services to meet those needs, whilst understanding the challenge of increased demand but with limited resources. I believe these are all attributes which I hope to bring to the role of councillor to serve the children and families of Abbeyfields.

When it came to choosing a place to bring up our family we could think of no better place than Morpeth, and no better school than Abbeyfields for our children. I have one son currently at Abbeyfields and one who, having flourished beyond all expectations due to the team at Abbeyfields, has now moved to Newminster to continue his educational journey within the Three Rivers Trust. I hope, as a councillor, to be able to give back just a little of what the school has given us.
Jill Woolley
I joined The Three Rivers as Subject Leader for the Creative Arts in 2011 and am now an Assistant Headteacher of Newminster Middle School. I have previously worked in several schools and taught from Pre-Reception age to Year 13. I am very interested in how pupils prepare and are prepared for the next stage in their journey through school life.

My main roles at Newminster are Art Teacher, Pastoral Care for Key Stage 2, Health and Wellbeing, Pupil Premium students, Teaching and Learning and CPD. My main focus is to ensure that every child reaches their potential by feeling happy and secure at school and having access to a wide range of engaging learning and enrichment opportunities.

Both of my daughters attended Morpeth Schools and benefited from the fantastic location and experiences that The Three Rivers have to offer.
Paul Carvin
I have been involved in education all my working life. I started out as a Geography teacher and had experience as a senior leader in a large secondary school. I then moved into advisory and inspection work, including for Ofsted. Before retiring, I was Head of Education for Gateshead Council. I am Chair of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Education Committee of The Three Rivers Learning Trust and am interested in promoting high standards and ensuring that all students receive the very best curriculum to suit their needs and expectations. I have two grown up children, both of whom attended KEVI. ​
Colin Pearson
I was born in Morpeth and have lived here most of my life. I have 4 children and 5 Grandchildren. I am retired.

My professional background was within the Civil Service for 35 years where I managed large numbers of staff and IT equipment including what was then the largest civil computer centre in Europe. I have considerable experience of managing large budgets, and delivering services to pre-set standards and targets. Latterly I specialised in Risk Management and Contingency Planning.

My own three children and our long-term foster child completed their school years within the Morpeth Partnership of Schools. I was a Governor at Abbeyfields First School from the mid 1980’s to 2017 including 15 years as Chair. I was also a Governor for a number of years at Newminster Middle School.

I am a member of the Northumberland Schools’ Forum – a statutory body with a consultative role in relation to the local distribution of school funding. Within that I also serve on a committee which oversees developments in the provision of services for children with Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND). I was a member of the Morpeth Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group leading to its publication in 2016, and I led a Topic Group reporting on the provision of education within Morpeth and its surrounding district.

Along with everyone who respects and values state education, I strive to ensure that in the Three Rivers Learning Trust and the wider Morpeth Partnership we maintain high ambitions for our schools (and for state education generally), to promote the development of future citizens who possess intellectual capacity, social awareness and emotional intelligence in equal measure.

Prior to teaching, I worked as a sensors engineer for 3 years with TRW Conekt. I enjoy sports (enjoy many but master of none!), films, and a wee dabble in landscape photography when I have some down time.

I try to keep as active as possible outside of school. My first love is rock climbing, but I also now enjoy running (thanks Ella!) and cycling. I’m also very in to music and dabble a bit with playing guitar.
Jean Simpson
I am a native Northumbrian, living in Morpeth & after 40 years teaching throughout the first school age range,
I am now retired. In addition to my classroom experience, I have held varied roles in senior management & also instructed on the PGCE course at Newcastle University.

I taught Y2 & Y4 at Abbeyfields for the last 7 years of my career & valued being part of a school where indeed every child is "special". I have many years experience as curriculum co-ordinator, ensuring continuity, progression & coverage of subjects across key stages.

My passion is to encourage each child to develop a lifelong love of learning, to reach their full potential & be equipped to lead a fulfilled life.

I have an adult son who has benefitted from attending Morpeth schools. In my retirement, I am enjoying reading & travelling, as well as volunteer roles at Cragside, the Alnwick Garden & Alnwick Baptist Church.