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.


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.


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.


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.



Debbie Ross has worked at Whickham School since 2017 after 26 years in Local Government where her roles included the leadership and management of a range of support services to Schools and Young People.  Debbie has a Degree in Education and is a L6 Qualified Careers Guidance Practitioner.  She has a passion for education, inclusion, diversity and empowerment and brings with her a wealth of organisational skills and real-world experiences that she draws upon to help students to be ambitious and broaden their horizons.  She also works to ensure that students have the knowledge and skills to achieve their potential and reach their goals and aspirations, whatever they may be.