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Welcome to our Governor Section. 


The governing body meets regularly and works with the senior leadership team and the staff to decide the school's aims and policies and to oversee the efficient running of the school. The governors work in partnership with the school and the Local Authority and have particular responsibility for:

  • Setting aims and planning for the future of the school
  • Agreeing targets to raise standards of achievement
  • Ensuring the curriculum for the school promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of the pupils
  • Managing the school budget by providing the head teacher with guidance, setting priorities and budget monitoring
  • Staffing issues including appointing the head teacher and other staff and determining salaries
  • Deciding the school's policies on issues including admission and the length of the school day
  • Ensuring there is a high standard of maintenance of the school's premises

  • Dealing with complaints about the school

Governor's Behaviour Statement 

HJS and Shortbrook Federation Governors want Shortbrook pupils to be well rounded, well adjusted and caring citizens, aware of the world them, conscious both of their rights and their responsibilities in that world.  We believe children learn best when they feel safe and confident, therefore, we believe in the following principles.

  • At all times all members of our school community are expected to be the best that they can be to create a positive, safe and caring environment.
  • When wrong choices are made and poor behavior results, the key words for dealing with the behavior are fairness and consistency.
  • We all have a calm attitude, identify as many positives as possible and consistently give praise.
  • We care about our children so when necessary, appropriate support will be put in place to enable them to learn new and better ways of being behaved.
  • Poor behavior will have consequences consistently applied.  However, this is always followed by a fresh start.  Some children may need many fresh starts, we never give up on anyone.
  • Every member of our school community should aim high, believe in themselves and each other and respect themselves and each other.

Meet Our Governors

Mr David Barker - Chair of Governors

Governing Body Membership: LA Representative

Date of Appointment: 9th July 2017

Register of Business Interest: None

Register of Financial Interest: None

Member of Governance at another school: No

Code of Conduct 2020-21 (signed): September 2020

                                      Governor Monitoring Group: Premises, Health and Safety

                                      Committee Membership: All

                                      National Database of Governors: Yes, 9th July 2017

                                      Term of Office: 4 + 1 years ending 8th July 2022


Born in Woodhouse, I am a Local Councillor who has represented this area since 2004 and I currently Chair the Councils Licensing Committee. I initially joined the Governing Body of Shortbrook School in 2004 and the federated Governing Body of Shortbrook and Halfway when this was formed. I have also served as a Governor at Westfield School. I have worked in the NHS since 1988 and still work part time managing security for Harrogate and District Foundation Trust. I played local ,league football for 30 years and still manage the occasional game of cricket, though I am now much more of a spectator than participator when it comes to sport.

Mrs Beverley Nicholson - SEND Governor

Governing Body Membership:  Co-opted

Date of Appointment: 1st September 2017

Register of Business Interest: Learn Sheffield

Register of Financial Interest: None

Member of Governance at another school: Yes

                            Code of Conduct 2020-21 (signed): 22 March 2021

                            National Database of Governors: Yes - 1st July 2017      

                            Term of office: 4 +1 years ending 31 August 2022


After a career in education spanning over 35 years, I am now employed by the Sheffield Schools’ Company as a Learn Sheffield Improvement Partner. My current role allows me to draw on previous experiences as a teacher, senior leader and more recently executive head teacher, to support primary schools in their strategic planning for school improvement. Having worked in four different local authorities and many schools operating in very challenging circumstances, I feel that I have much to bring to school governance.

Mr Alan Heath - Finance Governor

Governing Body Membership: Co-opted

Date of Appointment: 20 May 2019

Register of Business Interest: None

Register of Financial Interest: None

Member of Governance at another school: No

Code of Conduct 2020 - 2021 (signed): 23 February 2021

                                 Governor Monitoring Group: Finance

                                 Committee Membership: Resources, Strategy

                                 National Database of Governors: Yes - 20 May 2019

                                 Term of Office: 4 years ending 20 May 2023


I was born and raised in Sheffield, initially living at Firvale, but later moving to Broomhill near to King Edward VII School which I attended. I  worked for Sheffield City Council from 1971 until I took early retirement in 2012, spending several years as an auditor, but I managed to ‘escape’ and move into ‘School’s Finance’ where my role basically involved helping schools manage their budgets. I was mainly involved with primary schools and visited many over the years including a brief contact with Shortbrook and a longer spell at Halfway Juniors. This role was the most enjoyable of my working life as I felt I could genuinely provide assistance to schools and it also gave me a good working knowledge of their budgets and the problems encountered by trying to provide the best education possible with limited resources.

Since retirement I have remained active and found the cliché ‘I don’t know how I found the time to go to work’ to be very true! I coordinate one of the Sheffield U3A (University of the Third Age) walking groups, and go for a 10 to 12 mile walk in the Peak District with them most weeks, sing in three excellent choirs in the city and have taken up tennis in the last couple of years. My son and daughter-in-law are both primary school teachers in Staffordshire and my wife – Pauline – and I travel down each week during term time to collect our three year old granddaughter from nursery on Thursdays and look after her on Fridays. We also manage occasional visits to our daughter who lives with her husband and baby daughter in Bristol.


Mr James Smart  - Safeguarding Governor

Governing Body Membership: Co-Opt 

Date of Appointment: 18th November 2018

Register of Business Interest: None

Register of Financial Interest: None

Member of Governance at another school: No

Code of Conduct 2020 -2021 (signed): November 2020 

Committee Membership: Strategic 

Governor Monitoring Group: Safeguarding

National Database of Governors: Yes - 18 November 2018

Term of Office: 4 years ending 19th November 2022


I was born and grew up in Oxfordshire, I moved to Sheffield over 13 years ago to attend The University of Sheffield to study Mathematics and Physics. I subsequently trained to be a Teacher of Mathematics at Sheffield Hallam University and have remained in Sheffield since working at several different secondary schools within the city during this time. I am now settled in Halfway and my eldest child attends Halfway Nursery and Infant School. I am invested in education, both through my work experience and being a parent, I feel that this gives me a useful tool set to offer the governing body. I can both appreciate the school view, whilst maintaining a drive for all children in the local area achieving their best. I am excited to undertake the role of governor across both Halfway Junior and Shortbrook School to work with the other governors to enable local children to achieve their best in their early educational experiences. 

Mrs Sarah Hearnshaw - Headteacher of Shortbrook Primary 

Date of Appointment: 1 September 2012

Register of Interest: Links to Shortbrook Primary

Code of Conduct 2020-2021 (signed): 20 November 2020

National Database of Governors: Yes - January 2017

Term of Office: N/A

Mrs Lisa Willoughby - SENDCo at Shortbrook Primary School

Governing Body Membership: Co-opted

Date of Appointment: 16 December 2016

Register of Interest: Family links with  G W Price Fruit Wholesalers, Links to Shortbrook Primary School.

Code of Conduct 2020 -2021 (signed): 20th November2010

                            Committee Membership: Resources, Strategy

                            National Database of Governors: Yes - 16 December 2016

                            Term of Office: 4 years ending 15 December 2024

Mrs Debbie Shepherd - Headteacher of School Halfway Juniors

Governing Body Membership - Staff Governor 

Date of Appointment: 25th October 2018

Register of Interest: None

Code of Conduct 2019 -2020 (signed): 19th November 2019

National Database of Governors: November 2019

Term of Office: 4 Years ending October 2022

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