About Knavesmire

Knavesmire Primary School is situated in the South Bank residential area of the city of York. A strong sense of community exists in this area of York, and this is reflected in a highly stable school population, with some families enjoying connections with the school for many generations.  

We currently have over 400 children on roll, taught in twelve different classes plus a morning and afternoon nursery. Due to the increasing demand for school places, the school – originally built in 1915 has recently expanded, providing the space and facilities to become a fully functional modern two cohort entry school. In addition to the canteen, music room and original class spaces, the school includes 6 new class teaching spaces, a new school hall, a new parents’ area at the front-of-school, and the original school hall transformed into a school library and mezzanine ICT suite.

Knavesmire’s community now includes 19 EAL pupils speaking 18 different languages. The school celebrates its growing cultural diversity, in addition to supporting the individual needs of those pupils. 

The school currently holds a number of awards including: Gold Arts Mark Award, Healthy Schools Award, Basic Skills Award (10 year award), Full International School Award, and Gold Sports Award. During the recent Gold Arts Mark Award assessment process, the school has been recommended for Exemplary Arts Mark Status.

We are able to offer a full range of Extended Schools Services and this is led by a Teaching Assistant who coordinates and develops the provision. This includes: child care before and after school and during the school holidays; a full and varied range of extra-curricular activities before, during, and after school; and a range of support and information for parents though parenting courses and curriculum information evenings.

In addition to academic success, our children excel in The Arts and in sport, creatively and socially. In preparation for the next steps of their journey, we support and grow each pupil as an individual, developing their confidence and their ambitions.

 In April 2016, Knavesmire Primary School became part of South Bank Multi Academy Trust.  For more details, please visit www.southbanktrust.co.uk