Mrs Monica Shepherd

Head Teacher

Experience as

  • Trustee of Schools North-East – 6 years – 2015 – present
  • Trustee of Hexham and Newcastle Catholic Partnership 9 years – 2010 to 2019 and HT Head Teacher member of the partnership 2005 to 2019
  • National Leader of Education (National College for Teaching and Learning) – 6 years – 2014 to present
  • Director of Beacon Teaching Alliance – 7 years – 2014 to 2021
  • Leader of a National Support School (National College for Teaching and Learning) – 7 years – 2014 to 2021
  • Mentor for women considering senior leadership within secondary education via “Women into Leadership programmes” led by Carmel College – 2012 – 2014 and DfE 2017 onwards
  • Academy Accounting Officer– 8 years – within a single academy trust 2012- 2018 and two years within a small multi-academy trust 2018 – 2020
  • Senior leadership team experience within a large 11-18 secondary school with 1,300+ students – 24 years – 1997 – present
  • Head Teacher and Headteacher Governor – 16 years – within a Voluntary Aided setting 2005-2012 and an Academy setting – 2012 – present
  • Deputy Head Teacher with responsibility for Safeguarding as Designated Person, SENDCo, Assessment/Reporting, the Tutorial Programme Y7-13, ITT and NQT programmes etc. 2000 – 2005
  • Assistant Head Teacher – 3 years with responsibility for student progress, CEM Centre assessments, Initial Teacher Training and GTP, Reporting to Parents etc. whilst retaining Subject Leader responsibilities and teaching three A level subjects 1997 – 2000
  • Subject Leader/Head of Department – 10 years – teaching History, Government and Politics and General Studies to A level 1987 – 1997
  • Parish Councillor – 3 years 2002 – 2005
  • Headteacher Governor (Secondary) – 16 years – within a Voluntary Aided setting 2005 – 2012 and an academy setting 2012 – present
  • Foundation Governor (Primary) for two RC VA schools – 5 years – 1987 – 1992 and 2017 – 2020
  • Teacher Governor (Secondary) – 2 years – 1985 – 1987