Meet the Governors of Christ Church CE (VA) Junior School

The Governing Board plays a vital part in the running of the school. They meet half termly and work extremely hard to support the Headteacher in making decisions about every aspect of school life.


The Full Governing Board meet once per term. In addition, there are a range of committees with delegated responsibilities, as identified in the terms of reference for each committee.


The Governing Board is split into the following committees:

  • Resources
  • Curriculum and Achievement
  • Pastoral
  • Ethos

The Resources Committee is responsible for the financial management of the school.

The Curriculum and Achievement Committee is responsible for standards of teaching and learning throughout school.

The Pastoral Committee is responsible for the attendance, behaviour, welfare and safeguarding of pupils.

The Ethos Committee is responsible for maintaining the vision and aims of the school in a distinctively Christian context.

Canon Angela

Chair of Governing Body




Curriculum and Achievement

Ethos (Chair)


I am the Vicar of the Parish church of Christ Church Sowerby Bridge and am automatically a member of the Governing Board as an ex-officio member.  I have been in post as Vicar since 2010 and have served on the board for all of that time.  The last few years I have served as Chair of Governors.

Whilst I am automatically a member of the Board I can honestly say it is a joy and a privilege to serve on the board with a wonderful group of people who are committed to ensuring that our children not only get the best education they possibly can but also to know that they are valued.  We aim to encourage them to develop and share their own gifts and skills.  We are very proud of our children and the way they embrace our values.

I bring to the Board considerable experience as a school governor (having served at other schools) bringing support and advice in promoting our Christian Ethos in sharing the love of God and accepting of everyone of all faiths or none.

We also seek to support and develop a great team of hardworking staff, teaching and non teaching.

Our aim is that by the time our children move up to Senior School they will be prepared for the next phase of their journey in education and that they will be young people who will make a positive difference in whatever they choose to do.

Nigel Castledine

Vice Chair of Governing Body



Resources (Chair)

Curriculum and Achievement


After many years working in and with schools, although retired from full-time work, I am still passionate about education. Currently, I work part-time as a Section 48 school inspector.  This enables me to visit a wide range of primary school settings across the north of England. 

As a governor at Christ Church Junior School, I try to utilise my professional knowledge in supporting and challenging our Ofsted ‘good’ school on its exciting journey towards becoming ‘outstanding’.  I am also a governor in another contrasting Church of England academy primary school, in a different local authority.

Alison Embleton

Headteacher, Ex-Officio




Curriculum and Achievement



I have been a Headteacher at Christ Church CE (VA) Junior School since September 2014. I am passionate about working in a Church of England School, as I cherish the distinct ethos that underpins everything that we do. We have amazing, polite and hardworking pupils at Christ Church and I am committed to making our school an oasis of learning, so that the children can truly 'Grow in faith, learning and love'. I am proud to be Headteacher of such a wonderful school.

As many of the children already know, I have my own horses at home and love spending time in the fresh air with them. I judge and compete at National shows with my horses, taking me all over the country. I can also be found reading a good book or being creative and artistic!

Click here to see the Register of Governors 


Other Current Members of the Governing Board:


Mr Mick Green - Vice Chairperson, Local Authority (Resources, Headteacher Appraisal)

Mrs Susie Durant - Foundation (Curriculum & Achievement, Pastoral, Ethos)

Miss Ester Mor- Staff (Curriculum & Achievement)

Miss Ami Hallgarth - Parent (Curriculum & Achievement, Pastoral)

Miss Sheridan Smith - Parent (Curriculum & Achievement