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High Hazels Academy is a part of United Learning whose Trustees hold the ultimate responsibility for the governance of each United Learning school.

The Department for Education’s governance handbook 2020 identifies the essentials of effective governance as follows:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.

United Learning’s Trustees delegate certain key roles and responsibilities to the school’s Local Governing Body (LGB) and these are set out clearly in our Scheme of Delegation which can be seen on the United Learning website.

Click here to view the Scheme of Delegation

Governing Body

We take pride in the shared responsibility we have 

Dear Parents, Families, Children, Staff and Community Members

My name is Shufqat Khan and I am recently appointed the Chair of Governors for High Hazels Academy. I‘m honoured and privileged to be given such a responsibility and want to emphasise my commitment to the education of children at the academy. I am dedicated to working hard with my Governing Body colleagues, the Headteacher, school staff, parents, partners and wider community to help the academy on its journey to becoming Outstanding academy in all aspects.

I very much want this to become one community school where everybody is welcomed. Our vision is to provide a happy, caring stimulating, peaceful and learning environment where all our children achieve their full potential. 

I am currently employed at Sheffield Park Academy as Head of Department and a teacher.  I have lived in Darnall area for over 50 years, all my children have attended High Hazels Academy.

I am involved with the local masjids and community organisations in the Darnall area, and I also work closely with young people and families.

With your support, High Hazels Academy will become a place of excellence where all children make good progress and achieve their academic, creative, personal, physical, faith and spiritual potential. We aim to instil strong moral values whereby children can learn respect for themselves and others. 

I value our professional and highly motivated school staff. The partnership which is beginning to develop between school, parents and community will provide further opportunities for our children, for parents and for families. 

High Hazels Academy is moving forward at pace and we have an exciting and positive journey ahead of us. Thank you for giving me this opportunity to share it with you. 

I became initially governor and now the chair of Governors to support the school with my experience, and to be a source of challenge and support to the school

Yours Sincerely, 


Shufqat Khan

Chair of Governors

Local Governing Body (LGB) membership

Our LGB membership was updated when we became High Hazels Academy. The LGB meets regularly and works with school leaders to monitor academic achievement and the well-being of pupils, including welfare and health and safety. It also monitors the financial management of the school and provides advice on our future direction.

HHA Register Of Governors Business Interest 2023-2024

HHA Full Committee List 2023-2024

The LGB is as follows:


Mr Shufqat Khan - Leadership, Safeguarding, & LAC Governor, Personal Development, Behaviour, Safety and Welfare & Community, Assessment & Curriculum, PREVENT Governor - Linked Staff Member - Marie Elliott, Shanaz Begum, Emma Morris, Hawa Fazlanie & Laura Field

Membership Group

Mr Tariq Zaman (Vice Chair) -  Pastoral, Attendance, Health & Safety & Building & Estates, Governor   - Linked Staff Member -  Marie Elliott, Wendy Gourlay & Hawa Fazlanie.

Mr Mohamed Khan - Finance & Pupil Premium Governor - Linked Staff Member - Wendy Gourlay, Rebecca Mitchell & Marie Elliott.

Mrs Halima Hussain - EYFS and SEN Governor - Linked Staff Member - Marie Elliott, Hawa Fazlanie, Rachel Adlington & Tinuviel Machin-Short

Miss Amy Scrimgeour - Staff/Standards Governor - Linked Staff Member - Marie Elliott

Mrs Samaira Tufail - Mental health & Well-being Governor - Linked Staff Member - Karen Jones, Marie Elliott


Executive Governors

Mr Shufqat Khan

Mr Tariq Zaman

Associate Governor

Mr Saghir Saqid



In Attendance

Ms Marie Elliott (Principal)

Mrs Wendy Gourlay (Business Manager)


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Governor Profiles (click any picture for full profile)

Meetings Schedule


Governance Documents


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