Hemlington Hall Academy


The Governing Body represents the wider community in the running of Hemlington Hall Academy, they work closely with the Head Teacher, who is responsible for the day to day management of the school. The Head Teacher is accountable to the Governors and OFSTED in the running of the school. The Governors work with the staff, Lingfield Education Trust and LA to ensure the school provides a good quality education for all of its children. 

The Governing Body:

  • Is a ‘critical friend’ to the school
  • Explains policies to parents and the community
  • Helps to settle disputes, fairly and conscientiously
  • Oversees policies and its use of resources

A Message from the Chair of Governors – Kay Braithwaite

I feel very privileged to become the Chair of Governors at Hemlington Hall Academy and to be working with such a professional team of staff and governors. I look forward to working with you too to ensure your children are happy at Hemlington Hall Academy.

As a Governing Board we are very proud of our children and our warm, nurturing and inclusive school. Our role as Governors is to make sure that Academy objectives are met and that planning for the future is both aspirational and realistic. We work very closely with the Headteacher, Senior Leadership team and teaching staff as a ‘critical friend’. We support them in their commitment to provide Hemlington Hall pupils with the highest standards of education; provide children with key social and creative skills, confidence and self-esteem to further their personal development and ensure all our pupils fulfil their potential.

All our Governors bring a wide range of different skills and experiences to enhance the leadership and management of the Academy and we will continue to work hard to give our children the best possible education. I believe with the right commitment from everyone – governors, staff and yourselves we will forge a great partnership that will enable this to happen.

I look forward to meeting you, please do come and say ‘hello’ at school events but if you would like to contact me before then, or any of the governors, please do so by contacting the Academy office.

Meet the Governing Body

Chair of Governors            Kay Braithwaite

Trustee Appointed Governor

Term of Office:01/09/2017 – 31/08/2021

I am a Member Appointed Governor and became Vice-Chair in November 2013 and then Chair in October 2019.   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 management of radio communications and control rooms.  

My career experience means that I have the confidence to ask challenging questions, from an informed perspective. I will always aim to support the Academy to ensure that each child has excellent opportunities to enable them to reach their full potential, in the safe, happy and well-resourced environment.

I am married with two grown up daughters.  In my spare time, I enjoy flower arranging, cooking and getting out and about in the English countryside.

Pecuniary Interest

Vice-ChairMr Dave Elliott

Trustee Appointed Governor

Term of Office: 01/09/2017 – 31/08/2021

I have been a Governor at Hemlington Hall for over six years and have had the privilege of being Chair for three years of this. 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.

Pecuniary Interest

Headteacher GovernorMrs Karen Edmenson

Term of Office: 01/10/2017 – Ex-Officio

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.   

Pecuniary Interest

Trustee GovernorMr James Bromyard

Trustee Appointed Governor

Term of Office: 12.07.2021

Pecuniary Interest

Trustee GovernorMrs Emma Cook-Smith

Trustee Appointed Governor

Term of Office: 01/09/2017 – 31/08/2021

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.

Pecuniary Interest

Trustee GovernorMrs Joanne Tickle

Trustee Appointed Governor

Term of Office: 30/01/2018 – 29/01/2022

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. 

Pecuniary Interest

Parent GovernorMrs Leanne Briggs

Elected by Parents/Carers

Term of Office: 15.12.2020

Hello everyone, My name is Leanne Briggs and here is a little bit of information about me. Over the last 17 years I have worked as a qualified learning disabilities nurse within the Teesside area. I have worked with adults and children with additional needs / learning disabilities and am confident that my skills can be utilised and transferred to the role of a
school governor. I am able to work in challenging situations with calmness and diplomacy whilst always advocating the need of the person first. I am currently working as a lecturer in Learning disability nursing at the University of Teesside. This role has brought insight into educational needs within the local area and how strategies have been put into place to protect education during the Covid19 pandemic. Having educational knowledge in combination with a health background enables me to make rational decisions and assist others to do so. However, my most rewarding but also challenging role is that of a mother. I am mother who wants to provide opportunities to my children that gives them a sense of “anything is possible” and foster an understanding of what compassion of others is. We have a blended family where colour, sexuality, religion, disability and how we started life really doesn’t matter. We all come to together as one. With this in mind, I would be grateful if you could consider these qualities when selecting your new governors.

Pecuniary Interest

Staff GovernorPeter Kirby-Bowstead

Staff Appointed Governor

Term of Office: 4.1.2021

After gaining a BSc in Applied Psychology in 2007, I later qualified as a Primary School Teacher through the PGCE programme in 2008 and went on to gain an MSc in Educational Assessment in 2011. I joined Hemlington Hall in 2017 as Deputy Head, and I am incredibly proud to be part of such an inclusive, nurturing and driven school. I have led English across each school I have worked within, and have previously worked with other Middlesbrough schools in developing the application of the English curriculum. As a non-executive director for Adoption Tees Valley, I am also passionate about ensuring Children who are Looked After are supported to overcome any potential barriers to development and progress.

Pecuniary Interest

Parent Governor Mrs Jennifer Wilson

Parent Appointed Governor

Term of Office: 15.12.2020 –

My name is Jenn, my two children currently attend Hemlington Hall School.
The reasons I want to be a Governor at the school are I play an active part in my children’s education and believe that every child is important and should have a positive experience. We are building/guiding the adults of the future and they should be encouraged to live their best life by having a sound educational base. I have obtained a teaching assistant qualification and I have done voluntary work in a primary setting which has given me the knowledge and experience to enable me to making sure the
children are given the right tools for their journey into adulthood. I have a knowledge and understanding of policies, procedures and data protection. I have also done a counselling course which I am sure can only benefit all at the school. I have organised and been actively involved in fundraising for numerous charities and feel this knowledge could be put to good use in upcoming school events. I am keen and enthusiastic and would love this opportunity

Pecuniary Interest

Please use the link below for the Lingfield Trust Governance Website.


All academies and Trusts must publish their annual accounts as well as key legal governance information, such as Funding Agreements, Articles of Association and accounts information. For these documents relating to Lingfield Education Trust, please click here

Local Governing Body Attendance Record as at 17/02/2022

Governor Information and Links

Governance Handbook

Governor Visit to School Policy

Local Governing Body Terms of Reference

Local Governing Body Code of Conduct

Governors -Term of Office Expired

Mrs S Ledger – May 2021

Mrs N Padgett – December 2020

Mrs C Cardwell – September 2020

Mrs S Robinson – January 2020

Mr D Linacre – January 2020

Mr Martin – 21 June 2017

Mrs Roberts – 31 December 2017

Miss Thompson – 5 April 2017

Mrs Simon – 31 December 2017

Mrs Walker – 31 December 2017

Karen Oliver -01/09/2017 – 05/12/2018

Andrea Hurst – 01/09/2017 – 17/12/2019

Are you interested in serving as a Governor?


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