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.


Full Governing Body Minutes

25th April 2016 - Agenda

29th February 2016 - Agenda

29th February 2016

1st February 2016 - Agenda

1st February 2016

16th November 2015 - Agenda

16th November 2015

19th October 2015 - Agenda

19th October 2015

6th July 2015 - Agenda

6th July 2015

12th May 2015

27th April 2015 - Agenda

27th April 2015

3rd March 2015

23rd February 2015 - Agenda

23 February 2015

17th November 2014 - Agenda

17th November 2014

12th May 2014


Governing Body Information:



 Knavesmire's Governing Body


  After leaving University with a European Business degree, Tanya settled back into life in South Bank and embarked in a retail career with Thomas Cook.  She excelled in Customer Service and Management – winning Branch of the Year and Top Manager during her years as an Area Manager. Tanya's current working role in the family business allows her to still utilise her skills, whilst nurturing her children.  They are the 3rd generation of my family to live in South Bank and attend Knavesmire Primary so she continues to have a special interest in the school and it’s Community. Being a busy working Mum of 4 leaves  little time for hobbies or relaxation, but watching her children enjoy their many creative and sporting activities fills that gap!
Tanya Wheatley: Chairperson (parent governor) Term - July 2012 to July 2016


Joe Maitland: (parent governor)
Joe was elected at a parent governor in February 2017 and has two daughters at the School (in Reception and Year 2, at the time of his election). 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.

Term - February 2017 to February 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 - February 2017 to February 2021

  Ann has been a governor for over 10 years here at Knavesmire School. She is a Local Education Authority governor and one of the vice chairs. She has also worked at the out of school club for the last 9 years.


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

Ann Cox: Vice-Chair (local authority) Term - June 2013 to June 2017


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


  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 - Headteacher  Term - Post holder


  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 nursery and will enter Reception in September 2015.
David O'Brien: (co-opted governor) Term - February 2015 to February 2019


Tamasin Greenough Graham: (co-opted governor) Term - February 2015 to February 2019


Rupert Bloxwich: (co-opted governor) Term - February 2017 to February 2021
  Kenny works in the private sector delivering contact centres, back office services, IT systems and developing business process efficiencies through the use of new and emerging technologies. In his former career, he spent numerous years at the University of Hull, teaching and researching in the field of Mechanical Engineering.  He has a range of skills and knowledge to support our school ranging from financial, information technology, facilities and buildings, contracts and data security. Kenny has an active interest in teaching and learning, the use of technology in classrooms and the continual improvements our school is required to undertake to maintain its excellent status. He has three children attending Knavesmire Primary and therefore an active family life in and out of school,  participating in the many school activities and fund raising events.  Kenny has been a parent governor now for over  three years now and is an active member of the Finance, Staffing and Premises and the Teaching and Learning committees.
Gordon (Kenny) Dalgleish: (co-opted governor) Term - February 2015 to February 2019


Si Downes: (co-opted governor) Term - February 2015 to February 2019


Dave Borlase: (co-opted governor) Term - February 2015 to February 2019


Richard Nihill: (co-opted governor) Term - February 2015 to February 2019


  Ruth has been a governor since 2013 and as a parent of one child at the school is keen to ensure all children at Knavesmire School achieve their potential. She currently works at the NSPCC [National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children] and is currently studying towards a Masters in Social Work. She has the best interests of the children at the school at the forefront of her mind as a governor and aims to ensure that the children are safe and happy. The safeguarding of the children at the school is one of her priorities.


She is an active member of the Teaching and Learning committees, Pay committee and the Full Governing body meetings.
Ruth Phillips: (co-opted governor) Term - February 2015 to February 2019


  Jennie Wogan is the staff co-opted governor. Jennie joined Knavesmire in September 2014, moving to York from Ipswich, and is part of our Year 4 team. Jennie has successfully led the recent application for Arts Mark Gold. She is part of the English team and also coaches the all-conquering school netball team!  
Jennie Wogan: (co-opted governor) Term - April 2015 to April 2019