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 GovernorMrs Delyth Linacre

Trustee Appointed Governor

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

Mrs Delyth Linacre – Headteacher Easterside Academy

My name is Delyth Linacre and I am the Principal at Easterside Academy, which is part of The Enquire Learning Trust. I have been on the Governing Body at Hemlington Hall Academy now for a number of years since it converted to an academy.

I have been Principal at Easterside Academy since September 2013 and before that 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 Enquire Learning Trust 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 enjoy my role 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 child who is 9 years old.  

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 Collette Cardwell

Elected by Parents/Carers

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

Hello my name is Collette Cardwell, I am a parent Governor and have been since October 2016. I also work as a care assistant part-time. Myself and my husband have three Sons who attend Hemlington Hall Academy. I enjoy spending time with my family, a lot of my time is spent with my boys on the side lines watching them play football. I enjoy being a part of The Governing Body helping to support teaching staff in anyway I can reading with children and attending various educational school trips as extra support for the staff. 

Pecuniary Interest

Staff GovernorMrs Nicola Padgett, Assistant Head Teacher 

Staff Appointed Governor

Term of Office: 24/1/2019 – 23/01/2023

My name is Nicola Padgett and I have been a teacher for the past 18 years. I thoroughly enjoy my role, working with children is the most rewarding job ever! I strongly believe in providing all children with opportunities and life long skills to support them in their future career paths. Previously, I have worked at a school in Redcar and Cleveland where I was responsible for Maths and Computing. I have received national awards for the commitment and dedication shown to embedding handheld learning devices into school to raise standards. As a result of this, I had the opportunity to work alongside Apple in supporting them with education links. After leaving, I joined Hemlington Hall Academy as a member of the Senior Leadership Team in September 2012, where I have now moved on to become Assistant Head Teacher. As well as working at Hemlington Hall Academy I work within the local authority looking at ‘differentiation and the more able gifted and talented’ through my role as a Specialist Leader of Education. 

At home I have two girls, my eldest daughter is 14 years old and my youngest daughter is 9 years old, they keep my life very busy on an evening and at weekends as they have a very busy and active social life. In my spare time I enjoy flower arranging, gardening and enjoy spending time with my family and friends.

Pecuniary Interest

Parent Governor

Mrs Susan Robinson

Parent Appointed Governor

Term of Office: 20/03/2019 – 19/03/2023

I joined the Governing Body in March 2019 after my youngest son started at the school. I am passionate about ensuring every child has the best possible start in life. I have devoted 19 years to working in Education as a School Business Manager including in a Primary school with special needs bases.
I now run my own business but still wanted to use my knowledge and experience to benefit the children of Hemlington Hall academy.
I’m originally from County Durham but have lived in Middlesbrough for the past nine years and having worked here during that time I feel I now know the area quite well.
I will do my best to ensure your children receive the best possible experience whilst at Hemlington Hall.

Pecuniary Interest

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


Local Governing Body Attendance Record as at 22/01/2020

Hemlington Hall Academy LGB Meeting Attendance Records January 2020 

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

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

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