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 out 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)

Foundation - Board Of Education

Liz Thompson - Chair

Hello, I’d like to introduce myself, my name is Liz Thompson, in May 2016 I became part of the governing body and in September 2017 I was appointed as Chair of Governors for this wonderful school.

I thought you might like to know a little bit about me. I grew up in a small village in North Yorkshire and attended Stokesley School and College, from there I did a degree in Human Resource Management at Teesside University and have worked in the field since graduating (a long time ago!) I am a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and working as the HR Business Partner Manager at Thirteen, the largest Housing Association in the North East. I have lived in Hartlepool for over 10 years and am married to Marc. I have a great love of dogs, especially Dalmatians, and enjoy travelling.



Foundation - Parochial CC

Mrs Ellen Gardner

As a former St Aidan’s pupil, I am a full time mam to two children, one of which attends St Aidan’s school and the eldest daughter left here in 2011 to move on to secondary school. I live locally and attend St Aidan’s church.

I am chairperson of the Friends of St Aidan’s [FOSA] and have enjoyed working with other parents and teachers to put on events for the children and community and to raise money for the school.

I am currently a stay at home mam but my professional background has been with the Civil Service and also as a Nursery Nurse/Teaching Assistant and a 1:1 worker within the education sector.

I am passionate and committed about continuously improving standards within the school and to see that ALL our pupils get the quality education they deserve and to achieve their maximum potential before moving on to 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.

Miss Jane Spears

I have been a Governor at St Aidan’s for the past three years. I have lived in the area for most of my life and as a former pupil of the school, was honoured to be approached about becoming a school Governor. I see it as a way of giving something back to the community in which I live.

I am a Civil Servant and have worked for the same Government Department for thirty two years. I have also worked with children in a number of other roles during this time, as a leader in Guiding; a Youth Worker at Brinkburn Youth Centre and currently as a leader in Children’s ministry at St Aidan’s church. I look forward to the new school year and visiting school. My hobbies include music and photography.

Mrs Audrey Maddison

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 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 Pamela Heslop

I have just been appointed as a Parent Governor at St Aidan’s and I'm really looking forward to getting started. I am a former pupil of the school and have three wonderful daughters who currently attend here. I grew up in the local area, in fact my childhood home backed on to the school playground.

I am a qualified teaching assistant and currently work in Y3 at a primary school in Billingham, which is a very fulfilling job. Previously I worked at Brierton Comprehensive School where part of my role was to visit St Aidan’s to work with the Y6 pupils who were moving up.

I am a member of Friends of St Aidan’s [FOSA] and enjoying helping other parents raise money for the school. In my free time I like nothing more than spending time with my family, having three daughters keeps me very busy.

Maxine Coss - Vice-chair

I have been a Local Authority Governor for the last two years.

I am a retired Headteacher from St John the Baptist Church of England Primary School in Stockton on Tees. I retired in 2009 after 12 years as Headteacher and have been in education all my life, previously teaching in primary, middle and secondary schools in West Yorkshire and London.

I have two grown up children and two baby grandchildren and my family is very important to me. I want the best education for my grandchildren and the same for all the children at St Aidan’s.

I see my role as a critical friend of the school and would like to support Miss Chambers to make St Aidan’s



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 26 years now and have taught in Stockton, Redcar, Durham, Middlesbrough and now Hartlepool; (my first teaching post was in Hartlepool too - 26 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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