Sixth Form Team

The Whickham Sixth team are dedicated to providing a supportive, inspiring, inclusive and safe learning environment to help students be the best they can be, and who they want to be.


Miss Tumelty, Head of Sixth Form

Samantha Tumelty has been teaching since 2010 after completing her Marketing & Management degree at Newcastle University. She holds an MA in Education which focused on Sixth Form education looking at raising aspirations and attainment of 16-19 year olds. Samantha teaches within the IBT faculty and primarily teaches Business and Food science and Nutrition. Samantha is an Assistant Headteacher within Whickham school and relishes the opportunity to develop a sixth form provision that allows young people to develop and be the best they can be.


Mr Turnbull, Deputy Head of Sixth Form, Head of Year 12

Ian Turnbull has worked at Whickham School since 2002 after previously working in the private training sector. He has a BA in Education with Business modules and teaches in the IBT faculty teaching Business, Enterprise and IT across all key stages. Ian has spent most of his time at Whickham School combining his teaching with roles in pastoral care and worked as a sixth form Head of Year since 2012. He recognises the many barriers and complex difficulties facing young people and is dedicated towards supporting them in maximising their potential.


Miss Flint, Head of Year 13

Kath Flint has worked within secondary education for 20 years covering a range of support, pastoral and teaching roles. She has a degree in Education Practice, QTLS and also holds a Counselling Diploma which she utilises in the pastoral support of sixth form students. Alongside her Head of Year role, Kath coordinates the Extended Project Qualification and is heavily involved in supporting career progression, attainment and the well-being of all Whickham students.



Mrs Ross, KS5 Achievement Support & Careers Lead