Our Academy Council

From 1st November 2017 our school became part of the Durham Diocesan MAT (company number 10847279).  The company information and details of members and directors of the MAT are available at www.durhamdmat.co.uk

For the company documents, including the funding agreements, click this link:  http://www.durhamdmat.co.uk/Our-Faith/

For the policies (including whistleblowing, complaints, finance, etc) click this link: http://www.durhamdmat.co.uk/Policies/

This means that many of the roles our governing body undertook are now overseen by an Academy Council.  We are fortunate and grateful that our governors moved forwards with us are now serving the school on this council.  Their details are listed below.

 Please click the link to access the Signed Scheme of Delegation

(Whilst the document no longer applies, if you wish to see the St Aidan's Instrument of Governance for historic purposes, click this link)


Mrs Audrey Maddison - Chair

Hello, I hope to add value to your wonderful school by bringing an understanding of education and an ethos to go the extra mile. I work as a School Business Manager in a delightful school and can positively say I love my job!

I worked in social housing for 25 years, which has given me a diverse experience of life.

I grew up in St Aidan's and attended church and schools in the area. I'm sure I'll meet many parents who have been neighbours.

I have a holiday home near Harrogate and 'escape' there with my family often. I am married to an Assistant Head teacher and we have 3 amazing children. I love to read, travel and enjoy spa days, with champagne of course!

Mrs Ellen Gardner

Hello, my name is Ellen Gardner and I have had many roles over many years within St Aidans school, ranging from pupil, parent, Chair of FOSA and now academy councillor.

My professional background has been with the Civil Service and also as a Nursery Nurse /Teaching Assistant and a 1 to 1 support worker within the education sector.

I am passionate and committed about continuously improving standards within our school and to see that all pupils get the quality education they deserve and to achieve their maximum potential, before moving onto the next phase of their lives.

Mr Brian Hays

I am a retired Contracts Specialist/Senior Buyer and have worked in the Supply Chain Departments for Steel and the Petro-Chemical Industries located in Teesside.

I am a member of St. John Ambulance,   in Durham County for over 42 years’ service. Starting as Cadet at the Hartlepool Division and then rising through the ranks finally to be the County Commissioner for Durham County until my retirement. I am now a member of the Order of St John, Durham County Priory Group support the works of the Order.

I have been a practicing communicant of St. Aidan & St. Columba’s Church for over 50 years and also the Deanery Synod representative for St. Aidan’s Church.

Also, I am a Foundation Governor for the Board of Education at St. Hild’s Church of England School.


Mrs Deborah Robinson

I have been a Parent Governor at St Aidan’s for two years though was a fellow student in my youth. Being a teacher myself, I have a keen interest in local education and this prompted me to be part of the raising attainment committee as well as sharing my creative side as a link in Design and Technology [my secondary teaching specialism].

I have two lovely daughters whom I love spending time with when not at work. I enjoy photography and swimming as well as caravanning with my family whenever we can get away.

Mrs Ndidiamaka Duru

Hello I am Mrs Duru. I love children and I wholeheartedly believe in creating a secure, safe, supportive and happy atmosphere or place to learn for every child. I am delighted to support and promote the ethos of St Aidan’s in creating a home and school partnership, that will help every child achieve their full potential and thrive in excellence.

I believe every child must be confident of this; that there is a strong and trusted relationship between parents and teachers, aimed at helping them succeed on every side. In my spare time, I enjoy writing.


Mrs Janette Davison

I have had the privilege of working at St Aidan’s Primary School for 15 years. I have been newly appointed as Staff Governor, as well as starting my new role of School Business Manager. I have built up strong relationships with staff, children and parents.

St Aidan’s is a wonderful school to work in and a school that I am proud to say my two children have both attended. Our core values of Love, Compassion, Trust and Togetherness permeates everything we do here. It is my wish that your children are happy, safe, thrive and enjoy their time here with us.

I am excited about my new challenge and I am looking forward to working with an outstanding team of governors and improving the school even further.

When not at work I enjoy nothing more than spending time with my family.

Miss Lynn Chambers

Hello, my name is Lynn Chambers and I have been Headteacher at St. Aidan’s since January 2015. I have been working in Primary schools for 31 years now and have taught in Stockton, Redcar, Durham, Middlesbrough and now Hartlepool; (my first teaching post was in Hartlepool too - 31 years ago!) Prior to my appointment at St Aidan’s I spent 4 years as Headteacher at Blue Coat CE Junior School in Durham.

I have a passion for encouraging children to enjoy their learning and to enable them to achieve their best; but ultimately, for them to be happy, confident, independent young people.

I have one son who lives and works in London as a lawyer and I am extremely proud of him and miss him terribly. But I am kept on my toes at home by my two little dogs who love nothing more than to play – all day and all night sometimes!!!!

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