Gavin Copland

Originally from Teesdale, Gavin recently returned to the North East with his partner Karen Lonsdale who is also an Academy Councillor. He studied International Relations at Aberystwyth University and, following a period working as Teaching Assistant in a Special School in Surry, completed a PGCE in History & Citizenship from York University. He spent the first part of his teaching career at Richmond School during which he was made Head of Year and Head of Department.

Following a brief career break in which he lived on the remote and windswept Isle of Rum and developed a croft of which he was the tenant, as well as learning to stalk deer and working as a mountain guide, he moved to Cambridge and became Vice Principal Academic of Abbey College Cambridge, one of the highest performing international schools in the UK. Wanting to return to the Special sector, he is now proud to be Deputy Head of Breckenbrough School, a Non-Maintained Special School for autistic boys run on Quaker principles, as well as volunteering as an Academy Councillor at Polam Hall School.

Gavin has run several marathons for charity and is a rugby fan, though having ruptured his Achilles Tendon playing is now only a spectator – when he gets the opportunity enjoys watching Darlington Mowden Park play.