HALFWAY JUNIOR SCHOOL "Supporting each other to achieve success for all"
 HALFWAY JUNIOR SCHOOL"Supporting each other to achieve success for all"

Our Team

School Governors

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
  • Making sure all pupils have equal opportunities within the school and providing for pupils with special educational needs
  • 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 Halfway 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 out in place to enable them to learn new and better ways of being.
  • 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.
Governor Structure January 2016
Governor Structure January 2016.pdf
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Mr David Barker - Chair of Governors

Governing Body Membership:  L A Representative

Date of Appointment: 9th July 2013

Register of Interests: Member of Sheffield City Council

Code of Conduct 2016-2017 (signed): 17 November 2016

Governor Monitoring Group: Premises, Health and Safety

Committee Membership: All

                                       National Database of Governors: - Yes - January 2017

                                       Term of Office: 4 years, ending 8th July 2021

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.

Mr Simon Wootton - Vice Chair

Govening Body Membership: Co-opted

Date of Appointment: 9th July 2013

Register of Interests: None

Code of Conduct 2016 -2017 (signed): 17 November 2016

Governor Monitoring Group: SEN, ICT

Committee Membership: Resources, Strategy

National Database of Governors: Yes - January 2017

                                 Term of Office: 4 years ending 8th July 2021

After attending secondary School in the Peak District, Simon continues to work in the IT industry following his graduation from Sheffield Hallam University in 1992. Specialising in IT Service Management/Delivery, he is currently employed full time by a 1bn turnover UK based organisation selling automotive components and spare parts. Outside of work his interests include Special Educational Needs for children, technology and various sporting activities including skiing and running. Simon is 47yrs old, married with two children aged 14 and 4, currently living on the outskirts of Sheffield.

Mr Alan Heath - Chair of Resources Committee

Governing Body Membership: Co-opted

Date of Appointment: 21 May 2015

Register of Interests: None

Code of Conduct 2016 - 2017 (signed): 17 November 2016

Governor Monitoring Group: Finance

National Database of Governors: Yes - January 2017

Term of Office: 4 years ending 20 May 2019


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.

Mrs Sarah Hearnshaw - Head of Shortbrook Primary 

Date of Appointment: 1 September 2012

Register of Interest: None

Code of Conduct 2016 -2017 (signed): 17 November 2016

National Database of Governors: Yes - January 2017

Term of Office: N/A

Mrs Debbie Shepherd - Head of School Halfway Juniors

Governing Body Membership - Staff Governor 

Date of Appointment: 25th October 2018

Register of Interest: None

Code of Conduct 2016 -2017 (signed): 

National Database of Governors: 

Term of Office: 4 Years ending October 2022



Mrs Beverly Nicholson 

Governing Body Membership: Co-opted

Date of Appointment: 9th July 2013

Register of Interests: None

Code of Conduct 2016 -2017 (signed): 17 November 2016

National Database of Governors: Yes - January 2017

Term of office: 4 years ending 31st August 2021


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.

Mrs Lynn Clarke

Governing Body Membership: Co-opted

Date of Appointment: 16 November 2016

Register of Interest: None

Code of Conduct 2016 -2017 (signed): 17 November 2016

National Database of Governors: Yes - January 2017

Term of Office: 4 years ending 16 November 2020

Born and bred in Sheffield, Lynn is committed to supporting people across the city. She is currently a Trustee of Sheffield City Trust, Trustee of Westfield Charitable Trust and a volunteer at St Wilfrid’s Centre. As a professional development and HR consultant, with over 20 years’ experience, she has worked with organisations of all sizes, public and private sector. 

Miss Lisa Jenkinson

Governing Body Membership: Co-opted

Date of Appointment: 16 December 2016

Register of Interest: Family links with  G W Price Fruit Wholesalers

Code of Conduct 2016 -2017 (signed): 17 November 2016

National Database of Governors: Yes - January 2017

Term of Office: 4 years ending 15 December 2020

Mr James Smart 

Governing Body Membership: Co-Opt

Date of Appointment: 18th November 2018

Register of Interest: None

Code of Conduct 2016 -2017 (signed): xxxx

Committee Membership: Strategic 

National Database of Governors: 

Term of Office: 4 years ending xxxx

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. 

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