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The Governing Body of Sherdley Primary School


Kevin Harker

Chair of Governors

Co-opted Governor

I am Vice Principle of The Sutton Academy and the proud member of the governing body of Sherdley Primary. I believe in the importance of education and the impact it has on children's life chances. I have the highest expectations for all in everything that we do to ensure a calm, meaningful and happy environment for students and staff to thrive in.


Cathey Briars

Vice Chair of Governors

Co-opted Governor

As a co-opted governor, I am keen to ensure that the voice, aspirations and priorities of the parents of Sherdley pupils are a key part of school decision making at the most strategic level. My background as a teacher, and a subsequent career supporting and writing about parent mental health are probably why I was elected to the role- but far more useful are the experiences I live every day raising two inquistive, exhausting and terrifyingly unpredictable children!


Parent Governor



Laura Clayton

Co-opted Governor

Being a teacher at Sherdley, I spend a lot of my time in school with the children and staff and I wouldn't have it any other way. I love teaching our amazing children and working alongside my amazing colleagues. I am dedicated to raising the progress of our children as well as making sure they are cared for, safe and are having fun. I want to support the school's development and I want to see it succeed. It is important to me that the school does well and I am committed to helping the school reach its goals.


Local Authroity Governor



Jennifer Heyes

Associate Governor

Having previously volunteered at Sherdley whilst completing my Level 2 and Level 3 Teaching Assistant Qualifications, I am now a mum of two! My eldest attends Sherdley and absolutely loves it. My youngest is due to start very soon.

I am proud to be part of such a great team of Governors at Sherdley who are passion as I am at succeeding and delivering the best for our pupils. Going forward, I hope to be an excellent assest to the team.

Professionally, I work in the Customer Service department for a loft conversion company. I also love to bake (which has helped many a cake stall at PTA events), I adore cheese (mainly cheese from France), spending time with all my family and most of all, I love weekends!


Leanne Howard

Co-opted Governor

I am proud to belong to an enthusiastic team of Governors, who are committed to help provide the best possible learning environment for the children of Sherdley Primary School. With a background in child safeguarding, I believe that schools also play a very important and vital role in the support of children and their families. I am keen to help the team to continue to improving the oppurtunities for each unquie child to develop and thrive at Sherdley Primary.


Sarah Garnett

Parent Governor

I am a mum of 3, of which attend Sherdley and they all love it! I am so proud to be part of a team of amazing Governors who are just as keen as I am to provide the best environment for our children.

Professionally I work in child social care and I love running my own party business. In my free time we spend it as a family, going for walks, bike rides and visiting the caravan.

I am really looking forward to being able to contribute to the team and helping Sherdley to continue to provide the most amazing experience for all our children.


Karen Tilley

Co-opted Governor

As an ex-student whose two children also attended Sherdley, I am passionate about seeing it continue developing into an outstanding school.

As a Governor and a Staff member I want to make sure Sherdley continues to give its students a great foundation so they can be the best they can be.


Tony McCoy


I am an experienced Headteacher who always puts children first and proud to be leading Sherdley. I am passionate about making a difference and preparing children for the future. In our school we aim to fully support children to become well-rounded individuals, ready to take up new challenges.

My four children are all grown up and my wife and I are now enjoying our 8 grandchildren! I love cycling, swimming, playing golf and following the 'exploits' of Everton Football Club.

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Sara Harrop

Co-opted Governor

I am proud to be a co-opted Governor at Sherdley Primary School and be a part of a proactive team who strive for the best experience and support for our pupils. I am a parent to two current students of the school with my youngest due to start next year, but who has already been welcomed into the Sherdley family! I hope my experience and background in Law will bring useful skills to challenge and support the leadership of the school at a strategic level.


Alex McManus

Staff Governor

I am currently a teacher at Sherdley Primary School. I am committed to ensure that all children should be given the oppurtunity to enable themselves to achieve their fullest and highest outcomes, encouraging excellence in all aspects of school life. I am proud to be part of Sherdley Primary and to strive to make Sherdley the best it can be for all. 

My main interests outside school are in sport. I play lots of different sport, but I play hockey competitively for a team in the Northern Premier Division. I enjoy watching football, especially Everton Football Club.

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Glenn Woodage

Co-opted Governor

It is an honour and privilege to be voted on the board of governors of this wonderful school.
As a parent of two attendees, I recognise the significance of a good education and the importance it places on the development of children preparing them for life’s arduous journey.
Originally from Warrington, myself and wife Laura relocated to St Helens in 2014 and live in the Sutton area.
I currently work full-time as the Head of Darts for a large betting company. In addition, I proudly manage a local under 9s football team of which my son is a player. I am also currently the vice chairman of the school PTA.
Football is a huge passion of mine and I have been a season ticket holder with Liverpool for over 25 years.

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Jenny Watkins

Co-opted Governor

As a parent of children who attend Sherdley Primary, I’m very proud to be a co-opted governor and having the opportunity to work collaboratively with the other governing members in being a voice and advocate for both pupils and parents.

Professionally, my background is in banking and government work. I love exploring new places, and meeting people from all walks of life. I’m also very partial to an afternoon tea!

I’m committed to making a positive difference and look forward to fully supporting Sherdley Primary in giving pupils the best learning and school experience.


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