SCHOOLS NorthEast Patron’s Dinner celebrates education in the region

Last week, SCHOOLS NorthEast held its annual Patron’s Dinner in celebration of education and schools in the region.


The event is held every year in honour of our Patron Lord Puttnam of Queensgate and brings together hundreds of school leaders and educationalists from the region and beyond for an evening of fine-dining.

SCHOOLS NorthEast Patron Lord Puttnam, Prof. Dame Sue Bailey, SCHOOLS NorthEast Chair John Hardy and SCHOOLS NorthEast Director Mike Parker

This year, the Patron’s Dinner was held at the Biscuit Factory in Newcastle, which is the UK’s largest independent contemporary commercial art gallery.



School leaders, educationalists and supporters attending had the chance to enjoy a glass of champagne whilst admiring the designs in the main gallery, before the dinner commenced.




Guests were welcomed by our Chairman John Hardy and listened to the inspirational story of Gary Fildes, Founder Director and lead astronomer at the Kielder Observatory, who talked us through his journey from bricklayer to founding one of the most remarkable and unique visitor attractions in the country.



Our long-serving Board member Cherry Diemoz (Breckon Hill Primary School in Middlesbrough) and Trustee Bernard Trafford (Royal Grammar School in Newcastle) were praised for their fantastic work, that didn’t only benefit their schools, but education as a whole in the North East. We would like to, once again, wish them a long and joyous retirement.

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The night came to a close when the winners of our Roald Dahl themed quiz were announced and awarded – congratulations to the team at Vision for Education!


We would like to thank the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM), Durham University for all their support and for choosing to sponsor this event yet again. We would also like to thank the following Commercial Supporters:

Avec Partnership
Calibre Secured Network
EYPS Teaching Supply
First Class Supply & Training
Newcastle University
Premier Teachers
PS Financials
Sika Liquid Plastics
United Carlton Office Systems
University of Sunderland
Vision for Education

Many thanks to everyone who attended, we enjoyed your great company and we hope you had a fantastic time!




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