Bingley Grammar School

Our Pastoral Team

Matthew Atkinson 19Mr Atkinson - Assistant Headteacher and Safeguarding Lead

Email: matthew.atkinson@bingleygrammar.org

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

Email: robin.ward@bingleygrammar.org

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

Email: emily.rawling@bingleygrammar.org

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

Email: brian.padden@bingleygrammar.org

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.

Mr Robert BoothRobert Booth - Head of Years 7 & 8

Email: robert.booth@bingleygrammar.org

I am Head of Character and Culture for Key Stage 3 which includes a lot of different responsibilities.

I have worked at BGS since 2011 and in Education since 2003. I began my career is a History teacher and this is something which is still hugely important to me and very much part of my varied role at our school. Before I moved to become Head of Key Stage 3 I was the Director of the Humanities Faculty.

My job is to help, support and develop young people's character and approach to school. This can be in different ways including looking at behaviour and attitude to school. However, it also includes extending rewards across each year group and supporting students making a contribution to our wider school community. Alongside Mrs Faunch and Miss Qayyum I am here to provide specific support and help to any Key Stage 3 student with difficulties and challenges at any particular time.

Anita FaunchAnita Faunch - Year 7 Student Support Officer

Email: anita.faunch@bingleygrammar.org

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 4 years. My role as Year 7 Student Support is varied but focuses on ensuring Year 7 students get the right support and care needed during their first year 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 14 and a son aged 18 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.

Miss Nafeesa QayyumNafeesa Qayyum - Yr 8 Student Support Officer

Email: nafeesa.qayyum@bingleygrammar.org

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 2 and a half years, the staff are great to work with and the students have so much potential. I work with students in Year 8 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.

Jamil Parapia - Head of Years 9 & 10

Email: jamil.parapia@bingleygrammar.org

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. Before taking charge as Year Head for Years 9 and 10 I 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 Nathan BridgeNathan Bridge - Yr 9 Student Support Officer

Email: nathan.bridge@bingleygrammar.org

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 (now called Quinn House) for 3 years before taking the leap into my current role in June 2019. 

I thoroughly enjoy being the student support officer for Year 9 as it enables me to get to know and support 300+ fantastic students. I help students with all sorts of problems ranging from attendance issues to behaviour and/or emotional worries. The job also allows me to spend time every week on a Wednesday to assist with the year group’s football practice. The role also gives me time to focus on rewarding the positives, which is something I love to do and keeps me busy.

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.

David BrownDave Brown - Year 10 Student Support Officer

Email: david.brown@bingleygrammar.org

After 30 years in the West Yorkshire Police and, having spent the last eight years of my service within Schools Liaison, I started working at BGS in 2006. My initial role was as Behaviour Manager. This involved dealing with all incidents within school. I then moved to working with Year 7 and worked with the local primary schools on Transition to BGS. I continued to work within different year groups. 

In 2015 the role changed to Student Support working alongside a Head of Year. I enjoy the daily contact with students and their parent/carers. My role involves working with teachers and students. Many students approach me for guidance and advice. The role does involve the discipline side of school life but this is only a small part. Some students have a false perception that I only deal with 'badly behaved' students. This is not the case as I believe that encouraging good behaviour, attendance and achievement are all very important.

I work within the Year team but also within the wider Pastoral team. I am approachable by any student who has a problem. A problem shared is often very easily dealt with. When a problem is not dealt with it can often get out of control. 

Anita BradleyAnita Bradley - Student Support Officer for Years 11, 12 & 13

Email: anita.bradley@bingleygrammar.org

My Role at BGS is the student support officer for years 11,12 & 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.

Mr Nigel BridgeNigel Bridge - Student Support Officer for Years 11, 12 & 13

Email: nigel.bridge@bingleygrammar.org

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 joined the 6th Form, and since 2018, I have worked with year 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 help anyone in years 11, 12 and 13 with any problem.

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.