Go The Distance CIC

Based just outside Durham city centre Go The Distance CIC (GTD) is an award winning alternate education provision serving the local area and beyond.

Using a four pillar pathway to education we provide mental health awareness, education, sport, and employment advice to give all of our learners the skills and knowledge to succeed.

Contact us via:

paul@gothedistancecic.co.uk or 0742 9156 163 / 0191 380 5576

A passion for learning and development at GTD

Our professional education and coaches provide a diverse and premium learning environment that enhances the experience of all learners.

Mental health awareness

The issue of mental health is at the forefront of our thinking. We talk openly and helpfully to increase wellbeing amongst learners.

Continuous Support

Our education and sports specialists provide expertise and know-how in a positive learning environment.


Our staff are fully certified and experienced in the principles of safeguarding and always ensure absolute safety and security for all learners.

Professional and modern

Our state of the art, fully compliant premises is equipped with all modern safety features and the most up-to-date materials.

Continuous professional development

Our specialists are continuously monitored to ensure the very highest standards at GTD. No qualification to too much to us, we always strive for improvement and development.

Into the future…

In April 2024 we complete our extensive and complete renovation at GTD including 3 boxing rings, education centre, presentation rooms, beauty therapy rooms and a laptop suite, plus much more…

Our resources

Our comprehensive education suite and computer centre provide the ideal location for learning. From April 2024 we also have a new beauty therapy room, presentation rooms, kitchen and fully equipped boxing arena and sports mezzanine catering to fitness clubs, dance classes and much more.

Beauty therapy room

  • Private and secure learning environment
  • Space to learn new beauty therapy skills
  • Professionally staffed by experts with over 20 years experience and 30+ industry qualifications
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Laptop and IT suite

  • Multiple PC and Laptop access
  • Modern, fast WIFI
  • Providing a learning environment for learners to develop strong skills, enabling positive future opportunities

Sports area

  • 3 large professional standard boxing rings
  • Dance studio
  • Fitness suite and space for yoga and fitness training
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“GTD has become a valued partner to our school and consistently supports students from various backgrounds to find their path into a successful adulthood – we are proud to work with them”

A pupil liaison officer from a school in Durham

Meet our team

See who we are and what we do at GTD

Paul Lysaght

Founder, Director, Educator and Coach

Julie Chismon


Simon Patterson

Sports Coach

Marie Coulthard


Sean Readman

Admin, School Liaison and Learner Support

Victoria Taylor

Admin, Educator

Christopher Taylor

Project Planner