Knavesmire Primary School

Trafalgar Street, York, North Yorkshire YO23 1HY

01904 554445


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.

Find out more about:


Our school’s Vision and Aims 

What the role of the governing body is 

The school’s policies and procedures  


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



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
Executive Headteacher

Term - Post holder 



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 2019 to February 2023



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 O'Brien
Co-opted Governor (Vice Chair)
Term - February 2019 to February 2023 



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



 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 numerous years of experience in Education, including being on the leadership team of a large secondary school and sixth form centre as well as working on school improvement teams across schools. Prior to joining the leadership team, Abigail gained experience in curriculum and pastoral leadership roles and has observed jointly with Ofsted on numerous occasions. 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 and leads on these areas for the governing team . 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 5 and in Year 2.


Abigail Gaines
Parent governor
Term - March 2017 to March 2021


Tamasin has been a governor at Knavesmire since 2011 and has two children (7 and 10 in 2019) at a York primary school.
With a background in physics, Tamasin works for the Science Museum Group managing the STEM (science, technology engineering and maths) Hub in North Yorkshire. She is also involved in bringing citizen science projects to schools and communities, enabling everyone to play an active part in current scientific research. 
Tamasin Greenough
Co-opted Governor
Term - February 2019 to February 2023



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 2019 to February 2023




Paul Bentley

Staff Governor

Term - July 2019 to June 2023



Rachael Gould
Co-Opted Staff

Term - July 2019 to July 2023

Toby has been a governor since March 2019.  He is the curate up the road at St Chad’s Church and has been there since 2017. He is married to Ruthi who is also ordained in another part of York and together they are expecting their first child in December 2019. They live with a lurcher called Maggie and Toby spends most of his spare time listening to and playing music. He also spent a few years previously working as a chef and a librarian so has particular interests in food and books! 

Reverand Toby Gibbons
Co-opted Governor

Term March 2019 to March 2023



Jennifer Mitchell
Co-opted Governor

Term March 2019 to March 2023



Jay (Jennifer) Boydell
Co-opted Governor

Term - July 2019 to July 2023