Bingley Grammar School

Our Pastoral Team

Matthew Atkinson 19Mr Atkinson - Deputy Headteacher and Safeguarding Lead


My role at BGS has developed from the Head of Drama and teaching Dance, to now leading on safeguarding and behaviour here at Bingley Grammar School. In between this I have also had responsibility for the Creative and Performing Arts, SEND and Pupil Premium and it is these varied experiences that I bring to the role.

With regards me personally, I was inspired to be a teacher by mum, who worked in the local area within primary education and my Head of Sixth at Intake High School (Now West Leeds Academy) who gave me the very best pastoral support anyone could offer. These two role models showed me how it is done! As well as learning from the many staff I have worked with while teaching with there being to many of these to mention. All these staff have taught me you need to look after the ‘small stuff’ to ensure the ‘big stuff’ happens and it takes preparation for this to happen.

So if you are struggling my message is to talk about it with someone whether that be a friend, family or teacher, they will then help you find ways to solve or improve how you are feeling. The more people this is then shared with the better, as people then understand what is making you react in certain ways and in turn help you find ways to solve it. Solving it won’t always happen overnight, it will take time and being patient is key. All this is something I wish I had learned earlier in life.

Robin Ward 19Robin Ward - Deputy Safeguarding Lead


I graduated from The University of Sheffield with a degree in Geography in 1997 and then embarked on a number of different roles including working in France in the tourism industry and transport planning here in the UK.

I started at Bingley Grammar School in 2004 as a Geography teacher and this still makes up a significant amount of my time in school teaching KS3, GCSE and A-Levels.  Through this role I have been lucky enough to work with many inspirational teachers and young people and travel the world on school trips to places such as Tanzania, Italy and Bradford.  

Since 2005 I have also been part of the student support team, firstly as an Assistant Head of House, then as a Head of Year and currently as Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead.  Throughout this time I have supported many young people and their families face some of the challenges that act as a barrier to getting the most out of school and realising their full potential.

My message to you is that education is your passport to the rest of your life.

Emily Rawling 19Emily Rawling - Lead Student Support Officer


I have worked at Bingley Grammar School for nearly 20 years. My current role is Lead Sudent Support Officer. I offer additional support for all the Student Support Officers and all year groups. I also work closely with Mr Atkinson and Mr Ward, the Designated Safeguarding Leads. 

I have a second job working on luxury cruise liners as a Seasonal Youth Worker and I am a qualified Beauty Therapist. I am also currently trying to finish my children’s book.

I am passionate about my family, travelling, Disney, Flamingos, reading and movies. 

I think I may have been a Magpie in a previous life because I am also obsessed with shiny and sparkly objects. Glitter and unicorns make me happy. 

Staying positive assists me during difficult days. I find ways to think about things that make me smile. Whether that be looking at photographs whilst drinking a cup of Earl Grey tea or remembering moments that have made me laugh. I also speak to my Sister Clare because she is AWESOME and always knows what to say to make me feel better. 

I am lucky to have colleagues who are also friends. We all talk to help each other. Remember we are all here for you and we will do whatever we can to help you all during this difficult time. 

Brian Padden webBrian Padden - Senior Student Support Officer - Looked After Children


My background is sports coaching - particularly football, which I love and I am a huge Bradford City fan.

I have worked in schools for 15 years, some of the schools have been primary and others secondary. When I started working in schools I delivered all the sports clubs and taught PE.

In more recent years I have changed to supporting children's emotional and mental health through mentoring.

I have only been at BGS since September, but have loved getting to know all the students and staff. I don't work with a particular year group, the students I support range from Year 7 to Year 13. My job at school is to help children who are struggling with any problems, in or out of school. My message to you is  -  If you're struggling with something, don't struggle alone. Let us help you.

Robert Booth - Assistant Associate Headteacher for Year 7, Year 8 & Year 9Mr Robert Booth


Adele RobertsAdele Roberts - Head of Year 7


I have worked at Bingley Grammar School for 7 years arriving from The Holy Family Catholic School where I had worked for 12 years.

I joined Bingley Grammar School as the Attendance Manager after successfully completing this role at Holy Family School In 2013.I became head of Year 7 & 8 at Bingley Grammar becoming responsible for all aspects of the well being and progress of these year groups and now I am Head of Year 7 and Transition.

As a parent myself I know how important it is for home and school to work together effectively. In addition to these roles I have experience of school governance and partnership working with other schools, social care and many other organisations to support our pupils. Leading on transition is exciting and allows me to meet each cohort of Bingley Grammar pupils at the outset of their career in our school, it is always amazing to see them grow and enjoy their time at Bingley Grammar even when they tower over me.

My message to you – is that every challenge can be an adventure and most importantly here at Bingley Grammar school you never have to face a challenge alone. 

Ellen McGeeEllen McGee - Yr 7 Student Support Officer


"My background is in Psychology, which I studied at the University of Birmingham.

I started at Bingley Grammar as an LSA where I supported our students with additional learning needs across all subjects, from Year 7 Food Tech to A-Level Maths! I joined the pastoral team in November 2020 as I wanted to further support the amazing students in our school.

I really enjoy being the familiar face for all of our Year 7 students so that they can come and ask me for support with big issues, or even to simply have a chat if they need one. Through my role I get to support students with their learning, wellbeing and mental health needs to ensure their school experience is the best that it can be.

My message to you is that school can be a very difficult time for everyone and everybody has a different experience; it is ok to ask for help when you need it.  I know it can be hard to ask for support, but there is no problem too small or silly, we are always happy to help!"

Nathan Bridge - Head of Year 8 & 9Mr Nathan Bridge


My background is sports, I love almost every sport but in particular football - I‘m a huge fan of Manchester United. I studied sport development at college and initially joined Bingley Grammar School 6 years ago to eventually teach P.E, however I quickly learned that teaching wasn’t really my cup of tea but instead pastoral work was where my heart lies.

I started my Bingley Grammar career working as an LSA and after spending a few years getting to know the school, I moved on to working in BGS’ alternative provision for 3 years before taking the leap and becoming a Student Support Officer in June 2019. 

I thoroughly enjoyed being the student support officer for Year 11 as it enabled me to get to know and support 300+ fantastic students. I helped students with all sorts of problems ranging from attendance issues to behaviour and/or emotional worries. The role also gave me time to focus on rewarding the positives, which is something I love to do and keeps me busy.

I became the Head of Years 8 & 9 towards the end of last year and enjoyed getting to know my new year groups. I am looking forward to working with and supporting everyone this year.

My message to you is, your teenage years are a very difficult time and almost everyone will come across and suffer from some emotional distresses as they go through school, it’s part of growing up. The key to getting through tough times is communication, never feel embarrassed or ashamed to share your problems with me or any of the pastoral team. We are here to help you, so access that help.

Diana Blagg - Yr 8 Student Support OfficerMiss Diana Blagg


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Anita FaunchAnita Faunch - Year 9 Student Support Officer


I have worked at Bingley Grammar School for 10 years.  I worked first in the Attendance Office and then I applied for the role of student support officer which is the job I have loved for the past 5 years. My role as Year 9 Student Support is varied but focuses on ensuring Year 9 students get the right support and care needed with us at Bingley Grammar.  It's so important to me that students feel happy and confident and I treat it as a privilege to have been given the opportunity of helping support students on this journey. 

I am a mum of two children a daughter aged 16 and a son aged 20 so I do have real experience of the challenges that face teenagers from the great days to the not so good days. I am here for students to provide support and a familiar face when things aren’t going to plan and to celebrate when things are good.  I enjoy baking (personal favourite Lemon Drizzle cake) and I love reading and music.  I also love long walks with my daft dog Lily ....a very lively cockapoo.

My message to you is... Don’t be afraid or ashamed if you need a helping hand, we all do sometimes. Please never struggle alone. Sharing a problem really can make a world of difference.

Jamil ParapiaJamil Parapia - Associate Assistant Headteacher for Year 10 & Year 11


I started my teaching career as a languages teacher in Harrogate in 2001 before moving to Bingley as Director of Languages in 2008 where I oversaw the expansion of languages across the curriculum notably at Key Stage 4. I have spent several years taking charge as Head of Year 9 and have also led on projects to improve community cohesion in school and set up links between Bingley Grammar and schools in Kenya, where my dad is from.

I am from a mixed background White/Asian and hold an interest in strengthening community relations. I am also a keen runner and am now involved with coaching, encouraging others to keep fit and enjoy being active. We are here to support anyone and everyone regardless of their background so please get in touch if you need assistance. 

Mr Nigel BridgeNigel Bridge - Head of Year 10 and 11


My background is Science, specifically Astronomy, Cosmology and Physics. I love both Manchester United and NFL team New England Patriots.

I have worked at BGS for 11 years and have been been with the 6th Form team as a Student Support Officer 5 years.

I have been working with the safeguarding team since I became part of the Student Support team, and since 2018, I have worked with years 10 and 11 in addition to the 6th Form. This has been amazing being able to help students with numerous personal issues from everyday school life to mental health and emotional needs.

My job is to focus on Year 10 and 11 and help them with any problems they may have.

My message to you is if you need help of any kind, personal or not, don't sit back and struggle with it, let us help you.

Jodie Clough - Yr 10 Student Support Officer


Miss Nafeesa QayyumNafeesa Qayyum - Yr 11 Student Support Officer


My background is in Psychology which I found interesting in school.

I have worked in schools for 8 years including primary schools and a Pupil Referral Unit in Bradford. I have had a range of roles from being a reading mentor and volunteering as a teaching assistant to training to be a Primary school teacher and graduating with PGCE and recently, helping out at the KS3 Girls Netball club. My true interest lies in helping students with their specific needs and supporting their mental health and wellbeing.

I have been working at Bingley Grammar School for the last 3 and a half years, the staff are great to work with and the students have so much potential. I work with students in Year 11 who are struggling with their learning and need that extra support.

My message to you is – all individuals have something that they are very good at, so do not give up, keep trying.

Anita BradleyAnita Bradley - Student Support Officer for Years 12 & 13


My Role at BGS is the student support officer for years 12 & 13. I deal with a variety of things and feel the knowledge and experience that I have gained in my life helps me support my students.

So a little bit about me... I have volunteered for a drugs organisation that would travel around giving out information/advice around drugs and alcohol with no judgement, a pilot study that worked with kids at risk of offending which was extremely rewarding and "Womens Aid" which helped families who were dealing with domestic violence.

After graduating I became a youth worker for 7 years around the Bingley area including running the skate project, supporting young people to be involved in consultation & decision making around the things they are passionate about. In this role I worked with the young people to establish two youth cafe's one in Shipley & the one based below the swimming pool in Bingley Town centre. 

At BGS I worked in the behaviour support unit & moved on to my present role. I work with a fantastic group of staff who are dedicated to supporting the students in any way they can, especially in these very strange times.

So if you are struggling, my message to you is.... You may not be at school but we are all here to help you, whether it’s just a different person to chat/gossip to or something more serious, get in touch.