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From 1st November 2017, our school is part of the Durham and Newcastle Learning Trust (company number 10847279).

Company information and details of members and directors of the Trust are available at 

Chairperson                                        Mr A. Judge

Vice-Chairperson                                Mr B. Robinson

Co-opted Academy Councillors           Dr R. Shipley   Mr N. Ibbetson

Parent Academy Councillors              Mr S. Smith    VACANCY    VACANCY

Staff Representative                           Mrs H. McCarthy

Head Teacher                                     Mrs E. Robertson

If you wish to contact a member of the Academy Council, please speak to our School Office Manager or send any correspondence to our school email address as below.
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Mr Alan Judge – Chairperson

As a child I struggled with reading and writing but a number of inspirational teachers at primary school, and later at one of the first comprehensive schools in the 1960s, gave me a lifelong love of learning. I studied engineering at Leeds University followed by a career in education, as a science teacher, deputy head of a large secondary school, working in online learning, in assessment and exams and latterly as a consultant and software developer.

We have lived in Yarm for more than 40 years. Our children went to Yarm Primary and Conyers and my wife taught at Conyers and in Redcar until she retired. Through involvement in local politics I was asked by an Egglescliffe Councillor if I would join the Governors in 2013 and have since been co-opted to the new Academy Council.

While I recognise the importance of academic tests and results, success for our pupils also means developing confidence, responsibility and a love of learning. My role as Chair is not to manage the school, nor to be an inspector, but to offer support, guidance and challenge to the headteacher and her colleagues to help them to give our pupils the best possible start in education.

Mr Brian Robinson – Vice-Chairperson

I originally became a Foundation Governor in 2014, which means I am appointed through Egglescliffe Church, responsible for maintaining the link between the school and the church. I then became Vice-Chair in September 2020. I am also Church Warden at St John’s and have attended the church for over 60 years.

I attended Egglescliffe Village School, when it was in, what is now the Parish Hall.  My two son’s Barrie and Robert both attended Egglescliffe Primary School, and both enjoyed their time there. Barrie is married and lives in Osmotherley and has two daughters, Robert is married and lives in San Francisco.

I am Safeguarding lead for both the school and the church. The role of foundation councillor is very interesting and gives me a lot of satisfaction, as I enjoy being involved with the school environment and working with a team, who work hard together to achieve the best for the staff and pupils of the school. Outside of school I am a Director of a HR Consultancy based on Yarm High Street, I also work 3 days a week at Middlesbrough Football Club.

I am married to Dawn we enjoy family time together. We are both season ticket holders at Middlesbrough, I enjoy playing golf, we also enjoy walking our dog Wispa.

Mrs E. Robertson – Head Teacher

I believe working in education is a privilege. We are responsible for shaping the lives of the change makers of the future therefore, every day and every minute matters. 

In the ever-changing face of education it is more important than ever to take the time to listen and respond in order to meet the varied needs of your school family. This is i believe to be fundamentally important.

As a mum of two wonderful girls, taking time to enjoy family time is of paramount importance as we all need to remember what is important.

Mr N. Ibbetson – Parent Councillor

I volunteered for and became a Parent Governor in May 2017. My wife, Susan, also volunteers her time for the school as the Secretary for Friends of Egglescliffe. Our sons are both at this school, they both love the school and have made many friends.

I enjoy the role of Councillor, and am open to any suggestions from you as to how we might improve our school. I bring to the Academy Council a lifetime of military experience having served my country, at home and abroad, in the Royal Air Force for 28 years.

As we embrace becoming an academy, I shall help the Academy Council meet the future opportunities and challenges. I am committed to ensuring our school, through its core values, meets the hopes of parents and children alike. Please stop me and ask a question and I’ll do my best to help.

Mrs Rebecca Shipley – Parent Councillor

I was very happy to be elected as Parent Governor in March 2017. I grew up in Northallerton and moved to this area in 2011. We chose this school because it is a Church of England school which upholds exactly the type of values that we would wish for our children to grow up with. My eldest son is in Year 1 and has made some lovely friends and enjoys the school very much.

I work as a Doctor and bring to the councillor role a real interest in people, in listening to others and caring for the well-being of children and families at our school. I have been impressed with the school spirit of kindness and encouragement, with the aim of all children gaining their maximum potential during their time here.

I look forward to supporting the school in its progress into the new academy status and beyond and hope to represent the parent view within my councillor role.

Mr Simon Smith – Parent Councillor

As a father of three children attending Egglescliffe CE Primary School, I was pleased to accept the role as Parent Councillor in March 2018. Our children enjoy their time at school and have developed many strong friendships within the school. They take an active part in many activities offered through the school and regularly attend St. John’s Church.

Having been brought up in Egglescliffe I continue to manage my family farming business based in the village. I believe the conversion to an Academy within Durham Diocese presents an opportunity for the school to build on the successes achieved in 2018 and to benefit from the experiences of all the academies within the trust.

Mrs Helen McCarthy – Staff Councillor

I have taught for 27 years, 13 of which have been at Egglescliffe        CE Primary School. Throughout my career, I have taught across the whole primary age range, both in single and mixed-age classes. As teacher of Y6 Class, time is spent preparing children for statutory testing in May.  However, I do believe that, most importantly, my role is making sure children are ready emotionally and academically for transition to KS3.

Parents often tell us that their children love secondary school and I take pride in knowing we have done our job well, having prepared children well for their next step.

My own daughter attended this school. I moved her here from another primary school because I see first-hand, not only the academic rigour and challenge integral to each and every lesson, but also the focus on developing self-belief, independence and resilience; such important qualities to foster.

Although I am very busy as a Year 6 teacher; English Lead and KS2 Leader, I carve out time for this important role as Staff Academy Councillor.  It is important to me that I represent the voice of all staff and the children who attend our school.

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