Hemlington Hall Primary School
Hemlington Hall Academy

Meet the Governors

Chair of Governors Mr D Elliott               

I have been a Governor at Hemlington Hall for nearly five years and have had the privilege of being Chair for the last two years. I have been a Secondary School teacher – full time for thirty eight years and have worked part time for the last five years. I also work as a Link Tutor with Trainee Teachers. I am passionate about education and see so much to be proud of at Hemlington Hall.

I spend quite a lot of time in the school and I am always so proud of what I see from the children, the staff and the parents. We really are ‘going places’ and I have high hopes for the future of our school. I also am proud of the excellent team of committed Governors who are all determined to support the staff and Head Teacher in ensuring the best for Hemlington Hall Academy.

Vice-Chair Mrs Kay Braithwaite

I was appointed a Community Governor in September 2013 and became Vice-Chair of the Governors in November 2013. I retired as a Police Inspector in 2009, having had a varied and interesting 30-year career with Cleveland Police and latterly with the National Policing Improvement Agency where I specialised in radio communications and control rooms. I am married with two grown up daughters.  In my spare time, I enjoy flower arranging, jogging and am a keen cook.

Headteacher Governor Mrs K Edmenson

I qualified as a Primary School Teacher from Ripon & York St John in 1994. I joined Hemlington Hall in 2010 as Head Teacher having worked previously across 5 local Authorities, progressing my career with each move. My passion became Early Years and I delivered training to a wide variety of audiences across authorities . Whilst working in Hartlepool, I took on the additional role with the Education Authority as a Cluster Advisor for Gifted and Talented students. In an area of high deprivation, it inspired my drive to continue my career and strive for all children to aim high and be the best they can be with the support of a great school.     

Co-opted Governor Mrs D Linacre

Mrs Delyth Linacre – Headteacher Easterside Academy

My name is Delyth Linacre and I am currently the Head Teacher at Easterside Academy, one of the five primary schools within the Discovery Alliance. I have recently joined the Governing Body at Hemlington Hall Academy following the school’s academy conversion and our own, and attend the Full Governing Body meetings.

I have been Head Teacher at Easterside Academy since September 2013 and before that have taught at the school for eighteen years. My previous roles within the school have included Assistant Head Teacher as well as Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 leader.

I am passionate about the work that all schools do and strive at my own, and within the Discovery Alliance to make a difference for both pupils and their families; giving them the best experiences and chances that we can offer in order to ensure they all succeed. I look forward to my time as a Governor at your school and hope that in some way I am able to support and challenge the excellent work that is already going on at Hemlington Hall Academy.

I am married with one little boy who has recently started Reception.

Community Governor Mrs V Walker

I have been a Parent Governor since January 2014. I currently have three children at Hemlington Hall Academy. I am committed to doing my best to help support Hemlington Hall Academy as we go forwards.

I am currently a full-time Mum though previously worked as an Occupational Therapist for Local Government.

Community Governor Mrs E Cook-Smith

I am Emma Cook-Smith and I joined the Governors in November 2013.  My husband and I have two children, Edward and Patrick who both attend Hemlington Hall Academy. Although I am not originally from Middlesbrough, I have had links to the school for several years through family and friends whose children have attended the school.

I graduated from the University of Bradford with a MEng in Chemical Engineer in 2005. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family, cooking, motor sports and rugby.

Community Governor Mrs J Tickle

My name is Joanne Tickle and I am a mum of two teenage children, I have been a governor at Hemlington Hall Academy since 2012. I have worked in the community of Hemlington for 22 years currently leading Hemlington Children’s Centre as part of the 0-19 service. The school has strong links with the Children’s Centre and we work closely around transition to ensure children are ‘ready for nursery’

I have recently been involved in an Early Years Quality Mark inspection at the school which highlighted the excellent practice and environment within the Early Years provision.

I am very proud to say I am a Governor at Hemlington Hall Academy and feel the teaching team and the Support staff are passionate about the best outcomes for our children. 

Community Governor Mr C Martin

My name is Chris Martin, local authority school governor.  I manage the Primary School Team for Vision For Education teacher recruitment agency and have worked in the education sector for over a decade. My chosen career means it is incumbent that I forge close relationships with Headteachers and school business managers, understand the workings of the establishment and am mindful of the needs and wants of each school.

My profession, residential locality and being a father to three young children all led to my interest in becoming involved in the local community and the school. I am Pupil Premium governor and I also sit on the school improvement team.

I have been on the governing body since September 2012 and have witnessed many positive changes through out the school. I gain  satisfaction from seeing the Academy go from strength to strength and I feel very privileged to be a part of that.

Community Governor Mrs A Roberts

My Name is Alexandra Roberts and I have recently joined the Governors in June 2015. I work as an accountant for a large multinational company. I’m eager to use my finance background to assist in my role as Governor of Hemlington Hall Academy.

Staff Governor Mrs C Simon

I became staff governor after 20 years of service to the school in 2013. I worked primarily in the nursery as Nursery Nurse and was offered the position of Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) in September of last year. In this position I have taken a lead on Speech & Language and have been working closely with Middlesbrough Speech & Language Therapy Service team to support children in FS & KS1.I have a very active role in fund raising for the academy where monies raised have been put to good use for the benefit of our children.

As Attendace Governor, I work closely with Mrs Harrison (Family Liason Officer) to monitor attendance and punctuality across the school. I am involved in a new reward incentive that is currently being trialed this term.

I look forward to my new role in the extended Infant Assessment Class where I will continue to support the academy, our children and their families.

Staff Governor Miss C Thompson

My name is Charlotte Thompson and I am a teacher at Hemlington Hall Academy. I am approaching my fourth year of teaching at Hemlington Hall  and I couldn’t imagine working anywhere else. I have been a qualified teacher for five years and previously taught as a Reception teacher for two years in a school in North Lincolnshire after finishing my four year degree in Primary Education with English Studies-BA Honours with QTS at York St John University.

Over my teaching career I have specialised in the early years and have developed a real passion for this area of education. I am dedicated to my job and decided to take on the role of staff governor so that I can work alongside the governing body as we ensure that our children enjoy, achieve and succeed in their time at Hemlington Hall Academy and beyond. I have a real enjoyment for dance and was a member of the university cheerleading squad for three years where we competed at national championships.