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Riddlesden St Mary

Who are we?

This page shares information about our governing body. According the NGA (National Governance Association), the governing body are responsible for working with the school to ensure that it delivers a good quality education. Together, with the headteacher, who is responsible for day to day management, they set the school aims and policies. 

The governing board provides strategic leadership and accountability in schools. It has 3 key functions:

  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent. 
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils. 
  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.

The governing body meet every half term. In addition, there are two sub-committee groups. These are:

  • The Finance & Executive Committee. This sub-group take responsibility for finance, staffing and building matters. 
  • The Standards & Achievement Committee. This sub-group takes responsibility for teaching, learning and outcomes. 

Please click here to find the Governor register of interests. 


Graham Chambers -

Chair of governors





I have worked in education for over 40 years before I retired a couple of years ago.  For the last twenty years, I worked at the University of Leeds and had responsibility for managing their teacher training programmes.  Prior to that, I worked as an advisory teacher in Bradford, and prior to that had several teaching jobs.  I have lived in Riddlesden since 2000 and feel a sense of loyalty to the local community, that is why I put myself forward to be a Governor at Riddlesden St Mary’s.  I had been a governor at another local primary school for ten years so have some experience of the role.   

My interests are football (I help manage the local junior league, still play once a week and watch Leeds United), cycling, walking and the great outdoors in general, growing vegetables and reading.   


Revd. Tony Walker



I have been the Vicar of St Mary's Church, Riddlesden since July 2017.  As the Vicar I automatically the Foundation Governor ex officio. I have been a school governor for 29 years, including 16 years as Chair of Governors of a Church of England School in Nottinghamshire.



Mrs Claire McGuigan

Staff Governor 




My name is Claire McGuigan. I have worked at St Mary's for 18 months although I have been in education for over 20 years, working a number of primary schools across Bradford.

I am currently based in Early Years, an area that I have a wealth of experience in. I also run the newly formed P.T.A, am the Mental Health Champion for school and lead the super school choir in tuneful song.

I have an all round vested interest in school and everything that happens in it, as I have 2 children who are pupils within the St Mary's family.

I became a governor because I care passionately about education for each and every child. I want to be part of helping the school to continue to be the amazing, unique and happy place it is, giving our children the best start we possibly can and allowing them to be the best they can be.






Revd. Robert Savage





Mrs. Ellen Pawson

Parent Governor






Mrs Radhia Begum

Parent Governor





Mr Shakil Sajawal

Parent Governor





Mr Mozzam Khan

Parent Governor