Our Vision
"Let your light shine"
based on Matthew 5.16



From 1st November 2017, our school is part of the Durham Diocesan MAT (company number 10847279).

Company information and details of members and directors of the MAT are available at www.durhamdmat.co.uk 

Chairperson                                       Mr A. Judge

Vice-Chairperson                                Mr B. Robinson

Co-opted Academy Councillor              Mrs S. Young         Miss N. Khan

Foundation Academy Councillors         Rev S. Wilson         

Parent Academy Councillors                Dr R. Shipley        Mr N. Ibbetson      Mr S. Smith

Staff Representative                           Mrs H. McCarthy

Head Teacher                                    Mrs M. Cook

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.
All correspondence/messages will then be forwarded on egglescliffepri@sbcschools.org.uk

Meet our Academy Councillors...    

Mr Alan Judge - Chairperson

 As a child I struggled with reading and writing but a number of inspirational teachers at primary school, and later atone 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 have been a Foundation Governor since 2014, which means I am appointed through Egglescliffe Church, responsible for maintaining the link between the school and the church. I am 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 at the school. 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 Sam Young -Councillor (Co-pted)

I began as a Parent Governor in March 2014, not quite knowing what I was letting myself in for, and became Chair in September 2016 (this role is reviewed at the start of each academic year). Unlike many parents at the school, I didn’t grow up in the area and came here via primary school in Bahrain, secondary school in St Bees in Cumbria and university in Durham and Cambridge. I have spent my working life as a maths teacher, a university administrator and with Stockton Library Service in various roles. My daughter attended Egglescliffe Primary and has just moved on to Egglescliffe School. As a family, we love sailing, all sorts of water-sports and the outdoors in general. Being apart of the Academy Council is incredibly interesting and rewarding, but can be time-consuming. Along with my fellow councillors, it gives me the opportunity to support the school and its staff in providing our pupils with the best education and start in life we possibly can.

Mrs Mary Cook - Headteacher 

 I have worked in numerous Church of England Schools in Oldham, Newcastle and Northumberland before taking up my second headship in Stockton. I am very proud to serve on the Local Academy Council for Egglescliffe C.E. Primary School. I know        first-hand the valuable life experience that each Academy Councillor brings to the role and I very much appreciate their collective insight when reviewing the school provision. I have a passion that each child we teach flourishes in education and that every individual in school is inspired in their learning. The Academy Council hold me, as Head Teacher, and the school to account to make sure that we have an excellent provision and never lose sight of our core purpose.

Mr Nigel 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.

Reverend Sylvia Wilson - Foundation Councillor (Ex-Officio) - Priest in Charge at St John the Baptist Church, Egglescliffe.

I have been a foundation governor since my appointment at St John’s in 2014. In the past I have worked as a nurse and midwife, followed by some time as a full time mum. My daughters attended Egglescliffe CE Primary school. I was ordained as a Priest in 2009 working as an associate minister at All Saint’s, Eaglescliffe until my appointment here. I love being part of Egglescliffe Primary School and really enjoy time spent with the children and finding out more about the unique individuals they are. I am also very pleased to be part of an Academy Council that is passionate and cares so much about this school, the children and everyone who plays a part in their education.

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.

Mrs Nosheen Khan -Co-opted Councillor 

My name is Nosheen Khan, I am a mother to two boys aged 4 and 6 and have been married for 7 years. Originally I am from a small town in Lancashire but re-located to the North-East after marriage.

I have worked as a community pharmacist for over 10 years. In my spare time I volunteer for a Manchester based charity called Refugee Crisis foundation which sends aid globally. I also volunteer with a local organisation called Media cultured.  This tackles attitudes towards hate crime and promotes social cohesion. I also enjoy photography and travelling.

I have chosen to be a school governor as it’s another opportunity for me to give something back to the community and for me to learn new skills along the way.

I Love the vision and values of Egglescliffe Primary School, especially the way it enhances the potential of all within the school and encourages a positive contribution to society and the environment.

I believe in the quote that ‘children are the world’s most valuable resource and its best hope for the future’. We have to teach them well and show them the strength they possess inside.  I look forward to supporting the school leadership with consistently improving education standards and delivering great outcomes for children. 

Could you be a Parent Academy Councillor?

View document governance/what_makes_a_good_governor_.pdf

Academy Council Meeting Attendance  2018 - 2019

View document governance/ddm_egglescliffe_ce_2018-2019_ac_attendance.pdf

Academy Council Meeting Attendance  2017 - 2018

View document governance/ddm_egglescliffe_ce_17-18_gb_ac_attendance.pdf


Academy Council Meeting Attendance 2019 - 2020


View document governance/ddm_egglescliffe_ce_19-20_ac_attendance.pdf






Egglescliffe Primary School is part of the Durham and Newcastle Learning Trust . Durham and Newcastle Learning Trust is a company limited by guarantee (company number 10847279) and exempt charity registered in England and Wales at Cuthbert House, Stonebridge, Durham, DH1 3RY.