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

Phil has been a governor of The Halifax Academy, and its predecessor Halifax High School, for over 20 years and was appointed as Chair of Trustees in September 2015. He has governed through a period of change to academy status, the addition of the Primary Phase and the transition to Multi Academy Trust. Phil has taught at Bradford Grammar School for many years and is currently Director of STEM at the Rodillian Academy in Wakefield.

Ms Surraya Bibi

Surraya is currently working for Halifax Opportunities Trust where she has gained recognition for leading the Integrated Calderdale Citizenship Programme. She is a qualified ESOL practitioner in further education and is a member of the National Association for Teachers of English and Other Community Languages. Surraya has worked for Calderdale College as a Curriculum Course Leader and Lecturer. She has managed a series of European funded education programs specifically aimed at deprived communities, focussing on strengthening community cohesion and integration. Surraya is also a member of the Calderdale Interfaith Council.

Mr Martin Burton

Martin has 30 years’ experience in teaching and was Head of English and Drama at Queensbury Upper School in Bradford. His political career began as Agent and Parliamentary Researcher for Halifax MP Linda Riordan. Martin was elected to Calderdale Council in 2012 and served on various scrutiny committees including Children’s Services, Planning and Adult and Health & Social Care.

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

Mr Mike Reddy

Mike is a business architect with considerable experience in designing and developing service delivery in the private and financial sectors.

Clerk to the Governing Body - Mrs Jane Blackburn

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

Annual Report and Financial Statements 2017-18 Impact Education MAT
Annual Report and Financial Statements 2016-17
The Halifax Academy Accounts 2015-16
Funding Agreement
THA Deed of Variation
Governing Board meeting attendance 2016 2017
Register of Pecuniary Interests