Growing Together
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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 a 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.

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Cathey Briars

Vice Chair of Governors

Co-opted Governor

I am able to appreciate the different perspectives of many stakeholders within the school community, having had a previous career in primary education, and as a current Sherdley parent. Now working as a project manager, I am keen to ensure the whole Sherdley community benefits from the best use of resources, and the most robust implementation of thoughtful strategic planning, which is underpinned by the highest aspirations - so that all Sherdley children thrive.


Parent Governor



Co-opted Governor


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Councillor Niall Campbell

Local Authority Governor



Jennifer Heyes

Co-opted Governor

Having previously volunteered at Sherdley in 2013 & 2014 whilst completing my Level 2 & Level 3 Teaching Assistant qualifications, I am now proud to say that I am now an LSA at Sherdley Primary and have been since March 2022. 

My 2 children attend Sherdley and both absolutely love it.

I have been a governor at Sherdley since January 2019 and I am proud to be part of such a great team of governors, who are as passionate as I am at succeeding and delivering the best for our pupils. I have loved being involved in making exciting decisions for our school and seeing the benefits that it has created, e.g. our new catering food ordering service.

At home, I am a wife, a dance Mum and a rugby Mum! I adore cheese (mainly cheese from France), I love baking, 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 improve the opportunities for each unique 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 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 am 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 10 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 ensuring that all children should be given the opportunity 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 sports. I play lots of different sports, but I play hockey competitively for a team in the Northern Premier Division. I enjoy watching football, especially Everton Football Club.



Co-opted Governor



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