St Aidan’s is an academy founded on Christian values, attitudes and expectations and our Christian ethos informs the habits and rhythms of school life.

Chaplaincy plays an important role in helping us to develop, shape and share our Christian principals appropriately throughout life at the academy.

The chaplaincy for St Aidan’s is provided by Darlington Area Churches Youth Ministry, a local community based youth-focused outreach initiative that helps supports schools and churches with their work with young people.

The chaplains to St Aidan’s are Martin and Melanie Stand.

The word ‘chaplain’ comes from the Latin word for a cloak and the current meaning grew out of the story of ‘St Martin’ who met a man begging in the rain with no cloak. ‘St Martin’ realised if he gave the man his coat he would have shifted the problem to himself, so instead, he tore his own cloak in two and shared it, half for the beggar and half for himself. So a chaplain is someone who shares their life, faith and values with those around them.

Since Martin and Mel started working as chaplains they have:

Martin and Mel have plans for developing the academy chaplaincy further by:

More about our chaplains and how to contact them

Martin Stand

Martin has been involved in different aspects of youth work for over 25 years. He has a CPCAB Level 3 in Counselling Studies. Martin’s work in schools tends to involve leading assemblies/acts of worship, lunchtime time clubs, RE lessons and general support to specific departments and school trips. He also facilitates a host of activities for young people including Breathe, a week-long youth retreat in the Peak District. He is a member of the Board of Education for Durham Diocese, a Wolverhampton Wanderers fan, loves Doctor Who and an avid fan of the Durham Wildcats Basketball Team.

Martin can be contacted at Martin.Stand@staidansacademy.org.uk

Melanie Stand

Mel is a qualified youth worker with over 20 years experience. She completed an MA in Reflective Practice and Applied Theology in 2012. Mel specialises in working with students with emotional and behavioural difficulties and providing pastoral support. Mel loves Doctor Who, Green Day, walking the family dog, Aston Villa and baking cakes.

Mel can be contacted at Melanie.Stand@staidansacademy.org.uk