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 Nicola Sheehan – Focus-Trust Governor (Chair of Governors)

Mr John Radcliffe – Focus-Trust Governor

Mrs Elizabeth Fiddaman – Focus-Trust Governor

Mrs Erica Burland – Focus Trust Governor

Mrs Vicky Oakes – Focus Trust Governor

Mrs Joely Birak – Parent Governor

Mrs Catherine Cranston – Parent Governor

Miss Hollie Aitken – Staff Governor

Mrs Sarah Thornton – Headteacher Governor

Mrs Theresa Berry – Deputy Headteacher – Associate Governor

The Clerk to Governors is Mrs Catherine Pratt

Governor leaflet pen portraits May 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


A message from the Chair of the Governing Body – Mrs Nicola Sheehan

Nicola Sheehan – CoG Statement

I am proud to be the Chair of Governors at Shibden Head Primary Academy. I have been a governor at school for several years, initially as a parent governor and more recently as a Focus Trust governor. During that time I have been involved in a number of fundamental changes at school, not least of which was the conversion to academy status.

The reformed primary assessment system has raised the required government standards in reading, writing and maths. 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.

I am committed to ensuring that all children are encouraged, valued and supported to reach their full potential. As a governing body we are responsible for setting the strategic direction of school, for monitoring and evaluating performance, for managing school premises, for setting the budget, for personnel management and supporting all pupils, parents and staff in order to give our children the best possible opportunity to succeed. As Chair of Governors I work closely with the school management team to promote and maintain high standards of educational achievement.

The Governing Body meets at least once per half term. I am very keen to hear parents and children’s views on any aspect of school life and I can be contacted through the school office.