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 Deborah Robinson

I was appointed vice chair having been a member of St Aidans Governors for many years. As a teacher myself, I am passionate about education and ensuring all students are given opportunities to thrive and move into the next chapter of their lives in the best position possible.

Being a mum of 3, I am also able to offer support and guidance from a parent’s point of view which can be difficult when you are restricted to the guidance provided by government and an academic influence.

When not working, I love spending time with my children doing craft activities, swimming and baking. We love the outdoors and are always willing to try new things, especially since the pandemic and putting our wellbeing to the forefront of our lives.

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 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 Karen Chapman

My name is Karen Chapman and I have thoroughly enjoyed working as a Teacher at St Aidan’s since 2015. I am very excited about my new role in the Academy council and hope to support my fellow academy members in continuing their wonderful work to always provide the best for our children, parents, staff and community.

I am passionate about helping all children to reach their full academic potential and to have a thirst to be life-long learners and for each and every child to feel valued, accepted, loved and appreciated for who they are in their journey through to adulthood.

I have 4 wonderful grown up children, who are spread across the world, but we all love spending time together and are weekly competitive quizzes! I have a love of travel, reading and walking and caring for my 2 gorgeous dogs

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!!!!