Karen Lonsdale

Karen Lonsdale moved to Darlington from Cambridgeshire and is an English teacher at Carmel College. Karen read English Language and Linguistic Sciences at York University and then began a creative career in public relations, before undertaking her PGCE at Warwick University.

Following living abroad in Rome as a Head of Drama and Head of Year, Karen was appointed Vice Principal Pastoral at Abbey Cambridge College where she oversaw all aspects of pastoral care and secured Outstanding in all inspections for the pastoral and boarding arena. Karen moved to Darlington with her partner Gavin Copland, also an Academy Counsellor for Polam.

In her spare time Karen enjoys running, reading and is also a volunteer at Beavers. Karen is delighted to contribute to the local community and share her experience so that the pupils and staff at Polam continue to go from strength to strength.