David Macafee


Firstly, hello to all current and future pupils and parents of Teesside High School. I commenced work as a Governor in April 2023, and aim to support our excellent teachers in nurturing the talents of every pupil. I would like to see the school thrive in all areas with everyone looking forward to each school day, developing positive lasting friendships and pupils leaving after A-levels equipped with the skills and confidence to live fulfilled lives. I also hope that we can create a culture which makes THS the foremost school in the region to work as a member of staff – be it in the classroom or in any other role.  

Born in Northern Ireland, I went to a local Grammar School before attending Eastbourne College on the sunny South Coast. My medical training was at the University of Nottingham with ongoing surgical training in the Midlands and Northern England. I have been a Consultant Colorectal and General Surgeon of Childhood at South Tees for 11 years with most of my work at James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough; some at Friarage Hospital, Northallerton. 

For most of those years I held senior educational leadership roles delivering the highest quality medical education to 500 postgraduates, 200 undergraduates and our consultant trainers each year (https://www.southtees.nhs.uk/consultants/mr-david-macafee/). Achieved with a great team, we consistently secured a national top quartile position in the annual GMC training survey. I have a Masters in Medical Education and have always been passionate about education whether in medicine, sport or life skills.

I’m married to Vicky (a medical consultant), and we have two children, one of whom is at THS. It was the warm welcome, wide ranging opportunities and excellent pastoral support which made it easier for our son to decide on THS. 

My outside interests include Tennis and Squash in the Cleveland Leagues or Stokesley Hockey Club training at Macmillan Academy. I enjoy Photography and Golf in the drier months of the year. If you spot me around the school at an Open Day, please do stop me as I am always keen to meet pupils, parents or members of staff

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