Academy Governance

"Governors offer a good level of challenge and support to the school" - Ofsted 2013

The Governing Body is responsible for ensuring that the school provides the best possible quality education for the students of The Halifax Academy.

Whilst the Headteacher is responsible for the day-to-day management of the school, the Governing Body is involved in developing the school’s aims and policies as well as a number of other important duties including, monitoring and evaluating the school’s effectiveness and holding the school to account for its performance.

Current governors: 

Dr Phil Shepherd - Chair

“I have lived In Halifax for over twenty years, and for most of that time I have been proud to be a governor of Halifax Academy. I was appointed Chair of Governors in September 2015; a role I have found both exciting and demanding.

In my day job I am a teacher. I taught at the grammar school in Bradford for many years, but I am presently Director of STEM at the Rodillian Academy in Wakefield.

I am happily married with two grown up children. “


Mr Carlton Midgley - Vice Chair

Carlton is Vice Chair of Governors and chairs the Achievement and Well Being committee. He is Director of the Calderdale Excellence Partnership and acts as adviser to a range of primary and secondary schools.

Carlton has significant expertise in school improvement and vast experience in education:

  • 21 years as a senior leader, including 7 years as a headteacher in Oldham
  • 11 years as senior adviser in Bradford
  • 23 years experience as an Ofsted Inspector; leading over 40 inspections and acting as team member on over 60
  • Chair of Governors at a primary academy and at a secondary academy; both facing challenging circumstances

Carlton was born and bred in Holmfirth and he has lived in West Yorkshire all his life. He is married to Suzanne and they have two sons and a daughter; his outside interests are in sport and music.


Ms India Annison

I am a staff governor, currently working within the HR & Communication Team at The Halifax Academy. 


Ms Surraya Bibi

"I am proud to be a part of the current composition of the Halifax Academy Governing Board. As a Lecturer in Further Education, I have a keen and personal interest in being a part of an educational establishment that promotes high standards of educational achievement. As members of the Governing Board, we pride in the shared consensus we have in helping shape the future of our children in the Academy.

The governing board’s utmost priority is ensuring that we fully support the vision of the Academy and constantly strive to improve education standards. I am sure as pupils, parents and staff at the Academy, you are aware of the ethos and mission of the Halifax Academy and it is equally of paramount importance for the governing team to make positive contributions that create strong governance. These efforts provide a solid support structure to ensure the vision and direction of the Academy remains strategically focussed.

Every individual on our governing Board brings a wealth of diversity in terms of skills and expertise and I am proud to utilise my skills as a qualified practitioner in education. It is my utmost passion and dedication to ensure the Academy retains the high profile it has achieved and that we can do more to promote the good work our staff and pupils do. Involvement in education is of high importance for me and I hope to make a positive difference through my contribution. Attainment of high standards is a principle I value and it is my hope that all pupils of the Academy are supported to achieve their potential and be able to fulfil their aspirations.  

Positive actions are currently taking place in identifying the future direction of the Academy and this is a task we collectively need to work on. The addition of the new Primary building is extremely exciting and it is such a pleasure to know that the school has been responsive in meeting the demand of fulfilling the shortage of primary school places. This has resulted in the Academy becoming the first through school in Calderdale, offering high quality learning opportunities with excellent resources, supporting pupils' `learning in a stimulating and fun environment."


Mr Martin Burton

As a former Warley Ward Councillor, Martin has represented the interests of the people of Warley Ward for a number of years. With particular interests in education and adult health & social care, Martin is committed to improving the lives of the people of Calderdale.

I am married with three daughters & six grandchildren, so I have plenty to keep me busy.


Ms Sammia Nazir

I currently serve as an elected staff governor and Assistant Head teacher for Behaviour and Safety  at the Halifax Academy. I feel extremely privileged to be part of such a dynamic and thriving community. I am extremely interested in organisational and system change for the purpose of securing excellent outcomes for students, staff and the local community.  I am also a Designated Safeguarding Lead and have a specific commitment in ensuring all children have their physical and emotional care needs met. I am also a Specialist Leader in Education which enables me to provide school to school support within Humanities subjects, SMSC, Prevent and school ethos. 


Mr Philip Shire

My background is in children's and adults social care and I was a senior officer at Calderdale Council until 2013, since when I have been taking on short-term interim roles with various councils. I have a lot of experience in strategic and public sector management and hope to use my knowledge as a governor at the academy trust.

I have a long standing interest in education and want to help the academy give its pupils the best possible start in life. I also have three grown up children and three grandchildren.


Mr Nick Walker

“I was asked to  join the Board of Governors in September 2015 having worked with the school careers team providing support to prepare pupils for sixth form interviews in previous years.

I am a Programme Manager for Lloyds Banking Group responsible for leading a portfolio of Banking change programmes currently in the Self Service channel. Having started at Halifax Building Society as a Graduate Management Trainee, I have spent 20 years undertaking a range of leadership roles across a growing and changing organisation. As a business studies University Graduate, I have since become professionally qualified in Retail Banking, Financial Service provision and Programme Management Disciplines and I look forward to continuing to bring my business and professional skills to the Halifax Academy and Multi Academy Trust.

I have lived in Calderdale for 17 years , I am married with 2 children and I enjoy golf and cycling."


Clerk to the Governing Body - Mrs Jane Blackburn


For further information on governance at The Halifax Academy please follow the links below:

 Governors link