Governors

Chair - Mrs S Potter (Foundation Governor)

As Chair of Governors my aim is to support the staff of St Andrews school to enable all our children to be the very best version of themselves. As a foundation governor my aim is to promote the Christian ethos of the school. My own background is in business management, I worked for BT for over 30 years. So, I use my business management skills and experience to support the school. I am mum to 4 children, 2 grown up and left home, 1 in university and 1 in secondary school.

Vice Chair - Mr J Cope (Foundation Governor)

I was treasurer of Airedale Health Authority until 1993. In addition to my work as an accountant I have been a Samaritan in York, a prison visitor in Hull maximum security prison and locally involved with a number of charities.

In 1999 I was the chair of the Bradford MDC planning committee that approved the Keighley bus station.

Since a small boy I have supported Middlesbrough Football Club and at present watch Halifax Town.

Rev J Long (Foundation Governor)

As a Foundation Governor I see my role as supporting staff to provide the best education possible for all pupils, and help equip them for life. My background is banking and corporate finance, where I spent over 30 years, before taking early retirement and becoming a Church of England minister in Keighley. I have also been involved in a number of charitable organisations usually focussing on the financial aspects. This background has been invaluable in enabling me to monitor the financial aspects of KSA.

Rev M Cansdale (Foundation Governor)


Rev D Barton (Foundation Governor)

I offered to serve as a Governor at St Andrew’s because I want girls and boys in Keighley to learn and think as much as they can and choose a good path in life under God.

Statistics tell me that three or four girls or boys currently in our school should get into Oxford or Cambridge University. Some of our girls and boys should become doctors, dentists, teachers or engineers. All should have a sound start in life, loving learning. This cannot be done without the backing of their parents.

In particular I support Special Educational Needs in school because I have a son who has a very important job now because of the support he had in his Church of England Primary School.

As a parish priest I have served regionally and nationally as an inter-faith adviser and spent nearly thirty years living and working near the centres of Preston, Blackburn, Burnley and Bradford.


Mr B Aziz (Local Authority Governor)

I volunteered to become a parent governor at Keighley Saint Andrews after being asked by fellow parents.

I was a pupil at this school in the 1980s and my own children were studying here and I wanted to offer my assistance to the school. As my children have left I am now a Local Authority Governor.

I live and work in the area. I previously played football and rugby but nowadays prefer fell walking and mountain climbing.

I am also a long suffering Leeds United and Keighley Cougars supporter.


Mrs A Agbai (Foundation Governor)

I am delighted to be part of the extended leadership team at Keighley St Andrews. I have two young children in secondary school and passionate about education. As a foundation governor, I would like the opportunity to create and maintain a safe and thriving learning environment for our children.

My background is in technology and business and have worked as finance officer in an investment company for a number of years. I am currently the treasurer for the Keighley Parish.

I am passionate about performance management, improvement and have a keen eye for details. I serve as a link governor on the personnel committee and the RE/collective worship committee

Mrs R Whitham (Headteacher)

I have taught in Primary Schools in the Bradford and Keighley District for over 23 years and I have lived locally all my life. Being a teacher (and now Headteacher) is such a rewarding and at times challenging role. Throughout my career, I have been fortunate enough to teach children across the primary age range (I've been a Y2, 3, 4 , 5 and 6 teacher) and I've enjoyed every age range I've taught. Shaping futures through developing partnerships with pupils, parents and staff is a privilege.

When I'm not working I enjoy baking and cooking, spending time with family and friends and walking my dog, Stanley.

Mrs J Feeney (Teacher Representative)

I was very pleased to be able to join the KSA governing team as Teacher Governor in September 2018. I have been teaching for nearly twenty years and have taught across the entire primary age range. KSA is such an exciting community to be a part of and I am delighted to have the opportunity to contribute towards the continued growth and success of the school.


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