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Welcome to our Governors’ section. 

Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.

My name is Larraine Harrison and I am a Local Authority Governor

I have several roles including the following:-

  • Chair of Governing Body

  • Member of Resources and Personnel Committee

  • Member of Data Committee

  • Member of Head teacher Performance Management Committee

  • Responsible for monitoring:-Leadership & Management / Teaching and Learning/English and Drama


    I joined the governing body of Sharlston School in September 2009 and became Chair later on that year. As a resident of Sharlston Common, I had known the school for some years and after my retirement in 2008, I decided I would like to make a contribution to the school and the community by becoming a governor.


    I have a background in Education which I felt would be helpful for my role on the governing body.

    I have a Bachelor of Education degree, a Master of Arts Degree in Applied Educational Studies and a Royal Society of Arts Diploma in Drama in Education. I qualified as a primary school teacher in 1969 but also taught in a special school, a secondary school and an FE College. I have also been a curriculum support teacher, a freelance education consultant and author, a part time Ofsted Inspector, a Local Authority literacy consultant and a School Improvement Adviser.

    Over the past 20 years I have also run many courses for serving teachers on creative approaches to English and Drama in schools. I was running such a course for the teachers at Sharlston School in 2009, when the head teacher asked me if I would like to become a governor. Despite my education background, I had very little direct experience of governance and so I was grateful for all the training I received from Wakefield Governor Services and all the help and support I had from the other governors, the head teacher and other school staff.

Hazel Virr

I have been a governor for several years at Sharlston Community School and I am now a co-opted governor. My roles within the governing body are PE/SEAL Governor, KS2 Link Governor and a member of the Personnel and Resources Committee. My daughter attends the school and is currently in Year 6. I have involvement with the PTA and volunteer at school on a regular basis. Over the past few years I have volunteered when possible to support Year 5 in their school swimming lessons.

My background and skills in sport and education include the following:-

  • Swam and coached for the City of Leeds Swimming Club

  • Played football for Leeds United Ladies

  • Qualified and taught both private and school swimming lessons

  • Qualified as an Army Physical Training Instructor whilst serving in the British Army

  • NVQ Assessor and Internal Verifier for military and civilian HGV drivers

  • IT Technician and classroom support in a Leeds high school

  • Support Assistant (Special Needs) at Sharlston Community School

  • Achieved a number of Black Belts in different Martial Arts

My name is Jo Fisher and I am a Parent Governor of Sharlston School.

My role is:

Member of Governing body

Member of the Data Committee

I became a Parent Governor in March 2015. Having a background in Education and a little more time on my hands I wondered if I could help the school in any way and saw the advert for a parent Governor. I am the fourth generation to go to Sharlston Community School and have many fond memories within this close knit community.

Back ground/Skills: I have a BHSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy and have worked in the NHS. I later became a teaching assistant for two years supporting children and young people with SEN and running a successful intervention project called the Hub in a LA school in South Yorkshire. I then qualified as a secondary school teacher at Durham SCITT and gained experience in specialised provision working with severe behavioural difficulties and complex needs. I qualified as a Health and Social Care Teacher and taught Key Stage 4 and 5 and secured employment in South Yorkshire. I left teaching in 2013 to become a Foster Carer so I could help those in need but also spend more time with my daughter. I keep in touch with my previous school and have helped out on supply whilst enjoying the best of both worlds teaching and caring for children. I have access to regular training and development as a Foster Carer and have gained valuable insight into Safeguarding, Child Sexual Exploitation, positive parenting, attachment and the role of many professionals who all work to improve outcomes for children. I have realised even more so just how important childhood is.