Senior Leaders

Kate Bainbridge

Kate is Deputy Head for the two primary schools and oversees their running on a daily basis.  Formerly Assistant Head at Nenthead School, Kate has worked within our community for a number of years.


Lindsey Chapman

Maths Teacher at Samuel King’s School, Lindsey also served as Data and Student Outcomes Leader.  Formerly teaching Maths in Co. Durham, this is now Lindsey’s third year with us.


Ian Johnson

Ian has been Headteacher at Samuel King’s since April 2012 and took responsibility for the Federation as a whole from December 2015.  He has previous headship experience in Oxford and Kent.


Sally Timmons

Formerly Deputy Head at Kirby Moor in Brampton, Sally has been Deputy Head at Samuel King’s School since September 2015.  Sally leads on student development and SEN, but also contributes strongly to teaching and learning and takes on a lot of the school’s day to day running.


Marilyn Threlkeld

Marilyn has undertaken a wide variety of roles at Samuel King’s over the years and is currently Business Manager.  Responsibilities for elements of Safeguarding, Site Management and Personnel now go across the Federation.


Helen Ward

Helen moved from her teaching role at Alston Primary School to become Nenthead’s Lead Teacher from September of this year.  Previous experience at Nenthead, coupled with senior management experience elsewhere, made the move up to Nenthead a natural choice.