Welcome to the section of the website where you can find out more about the school’s governors and what we do.

At Knavesmire Primary there are 13 governors who together make up the ‘governing body’. The governors come from different backgrounds and include parents, teachers, members of the local community and specialists appointed by the Local Authority. As a group we are responsible for the major decisions about the school and its future, and work with the Headteacher and School Leaders as partners in the leadership of the school.

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We welcome feedback from anyone involved in the life of our school. If you would like to know more about the school’s plans, the role of the governors within our school or are interested in becoming a governor yourself please contact us care of the School Office.

Governing Body Agendas and Minutes

You can find the agenda's and minutes by clicking here

Governing Body Information:

 Contacting the Governing Body

All correspondence should be directed to the school email or postal address, and be clearly marked 'For the Attention of the Governors'.



 Knavesmire's Governing Body

Dave has been a governor at Knavesmire since 2012 and has two Year 5 children in school. He had been a primary school teacher for 20 years at various schools across York, holding positions such as Maths subject leader, Key Stage 2 leader and Deputy Headteacher.

Recently, Dave has started teaching with the Family Learning team in York, developing parents' basic skills so they can support their children's learning at home.

Assessment and the use of data in school to raise standards are his areas of keen interest.

In addition to being Chairperson, Dave is also our Safeguarding Lead.

Dave Borlase
Chairperson (Co-opted Governor)
Term - February 2015 to February 2019


Ann has been a governor for over 10 years here at Knavesmire School. She is a Local Education Authority governor and has also worked at the out of school club for over 10 years.


Ann was born and educated in York and is proud to be freeman of the City of York.

Ann Cox
Local Education Authority
Term - June 2017 to June 2021
Adam Cooper's place on the Governing Body is part of his role as headteacher of Knavesmire Primary. Adam has been at Knavesmire since September 2007, and was appointed in the role of headteacher in January 2012. In his previous teaching posts he has taught in schools across York including Clifton Without, Robert Wilkinson and at Ripon Cathedral in North Yorkshire. He has also worked as lead teacher in Maths and data across the two Local Authorities. Since joining Knavesmire Primary, the school has undergone considerable change including the expansion to a two-form entry school.

Adam Cooper

 Term - Post holder
Joe was elected at a parent governor in February 2017. In his day job, Joe is a solicitor at a law firm based principally in Leeds and specialises in Commercial Property law (having previously gained a degree in Philosophy before converting to Law).
Joe is passionate about state education generally and the role that school can play in helping to ensure that all children get the best possible start to life that they can. He hopes to help promote both of those concerns through his work as a governor at the School.
Joe Maitland
Parent governor

Term - March 2017 to March 2021

Abigail has 16 years experience in Education, the last 8 of which have been on the leadership team of a large secondary school and sixth form centre. Prior to joining leadership team, Abigail gained experience in curriculum and pastoral leadership roles and was awarded ‘Advanced Skills Teacher’ status. As part of leadership teams, Abigail’s main focus has been on improving Teaching and Learning alongside Data and Progress. This has included leading on staff development as well as the training of new teachers and NQTs. She has a keen interest in making sure the needs of SEND and Pupil Premium students are met. Abigail has also worked on school improvement teams for primary and secondary schools, across South Yorkshire, and has observed jointly with Ofsted on numerous occasions. Abigail is passionate making sure education meets to needs of all learners, and that all students should hold high aspirations and be helped to meet their potential no matter their background or starting point. Abigail has two children at the school, in Year 3 and in Reception.


Abigail Gaines
Parent governor

Term - March 2017 to March 2021

I am a Governance Advisor aligned to the South Bank MAT and have supported Knavesmire governors since joining the Governance Service in January 2014.

I previously worked in financial services with a focus on account management, data, management information and reporting.

Sophie Triffitt
Clerk (LA)
Term - February 2015 to February 2019


David has been a governor of Knavesmire since 2010 and has previously served as a governor of a primary school in London.  David is Chair of Knavesmire’s Finance, Staffing and Premises Committee, and also represents the governors of all local authority schools in York on the citywide Schools Forum.  David works for a government agency that provides data and technology for the health and social care sector, but he was previously a senior manager of local authority children’s services, including education and schools, in North Yorkshire.  In that role David’s duties included co-ordination of Ofsted inspection activity, management and analysis of exam results data for more than 370 schools, and leadership of the countywide governor support service. 

David’s daughter attends Knavesmire Primary School.

David O'Brien
Co-opted Governor (Vice Chair)
Term - February 2015 to February 2019


Tamasin has been a governor at Knavesmire since 2011 and has two children (6 and 9 in 2018) at a York primary school.
With a background in physics, Tamasin works in science education and communication, previously as STEM Outreach Manager for the University of Leeds, working with schools to improve the quality of teaching in science, technology engineering and maths subjects, and currently on a citizen science programme that enables parents to lead ground-breaking scientific research.
Tamasin Greenough
Co-opted Governor
Term - February 2015 to February 2019



Rupert was co-opted as a governor in February 2017 and has a son at the School (in Reception, at the time of being co-opted).  Rupert is a Chartered Accountant based at a local health provider in York, and prior to accounting gained a degree in Modern History. He is also a co-opted governor at Bishopthorpe Infant School.

The majority of his spare time is spent with his wife and two children, however when he get some time to myself he is a keen follower of most sports and in particular rugby.

Rupert is passionate about education and his aim as a Governor is to help the school ensure that each and every pupil achieves their full potential both academically but also ensuring that extra-curricular activities are encouraged and promoted at all ages allowing our pupils to leave the school fully prepared and rounded for the next stage in their education.

Rupert Bloxwich
Co-opted Governor
Term - May 2017 to May 2021



Simon has been a Governor at Knavesmire since 2015 and has 2 children attending the school.

Most of Simon's free time is spent with his wife and 2 children, and whenever possible running, having taken part in the York Marathon a number of times.

Professionally, Simon has worked in I.T. for almost 20 years - currently in Financial Services, though previously at the British Library for a number of years - having graduated with a Masters in Information Technology. As such, computing and data are key areas of interest.

Si Downes
Co-opted Governor
Term - February 2015 to February 2019



Richard has one child at Knavesmire Primary School, although he was once a pupil at the school himself many years ago.

He has been a governor at Knavesmire Primary School since 2011, prior to this he spent 8 years as a Staff governor in a York secondary school. Richard has taught in secondary education for 22 years and is currently on the Senior Leadership Team of an 11-18 school here in the City of York.

Richard Nihill
Co-opted Governor
Term - February 2015 to February 2019