The Academy has a governing body. The key responsibilities of the governing body are to:

• ensure the quality of educational provision

• evaluate pupil outcomes

• challenge and monitor performance

• take decisions about personnel management

• manage financial, physical and human resources

• raise concerns with the Chief Executive of the Focus-Trust in a timely manner

Our governors are:

Mrs Elizabeth Fiddaman – Focus-Trust Governor (Chair of Governors)

Mrs Nicola Sheehan – Focus-Trust Governor

Mr John Radcliffe – Focus-Trust Governor

Mrs Erica Burland – Focus Trust Governor (Vice Chair of Governors)

Mrs Vicky Oakes – Focus Trust Governor

Mrs Joely Birak – Parent Governor

Mrs Catherine Cranston – Parent Governor

Mrs Hollie Leonard – Staff Governor

Mrs Sarah Thornton – Headteacher Governor

Miss Michelle Harrison – Deputy Headteacher – Attends meetings as an observer

The Clerk to Governors is Mrs Deborah Tynan

Governor leaflet pen portraits Sept 2019

It is a statutory requirement to make available details of any declarations of interest of members of the governing body and their attendance at governing body meetings.  Please see the documents below for your information.

Governors declaration table 2017-18

Governor declaration table 2018-19

Governor declaration table 2019-20 updated Sept 2019



A message from the Chair of the Governing Body – Mrs Elizabeth Fiddaman

I am proud to be the Chair of Governors at Shibden Head Primary Academy and to be able to lead our hard working and dedicated Governing Body. We are responsible for ensuring the quality of educational provision, managing the financial, physical and human resources of the academy, evaluating pupil outcomes and challenging and supporting the academy leadership team, all in order to give our children the best possible opportunity to succeed. We meet at least once every half term and all spend additional time in school focused on our individual responsibilities. We value the views of staff, pupils and parents and I can be contacted through the school office.

I have many years of experience as a governor now, starting as a parent governor in 2009 and continuing as a Focus Trust appointed governor since 2013. I am in the very fortunate position of being able to spend extended periods of time in school every week and so, in addition to working closely with the school management team, I am able to see the academy’s commitment to make a positive difference for all children in practice throughout the working day.

As a governing body we are focused in our role of raising school standards and ensuring the best possible education and educational opportunities for all our children. We ensure that we have a robust culture of Safeguarding and that at our academy children feel safe and secure, are encouraged to be independent, resilient and respectful, want to improve and know how to improve and are engaged in a broad, balanced and exciting curriculum.

I look forward to meeting many of you at school events and to demonstrating through my work as Chair of Governors my firm commitment to ensuring that all of our pupils have the best possible start to their lifelong journey as learners, explorers and adventurers.