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Knaresborough St John are proud to be part of the educational vision for Elevate Multi Academy Trust, whilst retaining our own strong identity.  The Trustees have allowed its Academies to retain the same composition for their local governing bodies, which is set out below. 

The three core functions of the local governing board are:

  • To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • To hold the head teacher to account for the educational performance of the Academy and its children;.
  • To oversee the financial performance of the Academy and make sure its money is well spent.

 Chair of Governors: Ann Westmoreland

Contact:  or c/o Knaresborough St John's CofE Primary School, Stockwell Road, Knaresborough, HG5 0JN


Together, the Governors are responsible for:

  • Setting aims and targets for the Academy and checking the Academy’s progress towards attaining these.

  • Monitoring how well the Academy’s policies and plans are working.

  • Accounting for the performance of the Academy and the Governing Body.

  • Working with the Head teacher to make sure that teaching at the Academy is effective and good quality and the children are making the best possible progress.

  • Taking general responsibility for the Academy and its budget.

  • Challenging and supporting the senior management team and taking opportunities to show interest in and appreciation of staff and pupils.

  • Promoting the interests of the Academy and its pupils in the wider community.

 Types of Governors:

There are several different types of Governor:

  • Parent Governor

    Elected from parents at the school by parents at the Academy.

  • Staff Governor

    Elected from staff at the school by staff at the Academy

  •  Co-opted Governors

           Appointed by members of the Governing Body. They are intended to be representative of the local community and may add particular kinds of expertise.

  • Foundation Governor    Foundation governors are representatives of the Church of England. 

            The local vicar is normally appointed as the 'ex-officio' foundation governor;

           The other foundation governor will be appointed by York Diocese, following consultation with the local PCC.

St John's Governing Body
The Governing Body exists to help the Academy provide a high quality education for children in a supportive, caring environment.  It does this by:

  • setting the Academy's values, vision and strategic direction
  • challenging and supporting the Academy by continually monitoring, reviewing and evaluating its performance
  • ensuring that the Academy is accountable to its children, the local community, those who fund and maintain it, and the staff it employs.

Governors are also responsible for monitoring the Academy's finances, checking that resources are being managed well and helping with the appointment of staff.

Our Governors

Ann Westmoreland: Co-opted governor and chair.  Ann is a graduate of the University of Leeds. Initially she trained as and then worked as a Radiographer at Harrogate District Hospital before moving to Seacroft Hospital to train in Radiography Education in the NHS.  Ann has recently retired as a Radiography Lecturer from the University of Leeds.  Since retiring Ann now volunteers at Knaresborough St John’s school in the school library and helping children with their reading.  Ann is also a member of a local literary group.

Jessie Lewis: Parent

After University, Jessie taught English in primary schools in Madrid and Barcelona before returning to the UK and pursuing a career in training and governance for large corporate companies. Her experience includes senior stakeholder engagement and management as well as establishing and running a new business. Jessie and her family live in central Knaresborough and she is passionate about supporting her local school and community. 



Term of Office

Link Role

Name of Business

Nature of Business

Nature of Interest

Alex Hope

Head teacher



Knaresborough St John’s


Head teacher

Lindsay Richardson




Knaresborough St John’s


Deputy Head Teacher

Rev Garry Hinchcliffe


Ex officio




Team Rector

Jack Wilson


01.12.2017 to 01.12.2021



The Parochial Church Council of the Ecclesiastical Parish of Knaresborough, Goldsborough, Nidd and Brearton





Jessie Lewis


07.05.2020 to 07.05.2024


Solista ltd

Teddy and Belle

IT contracting



Sole Trader

Tracey Dunne


07.05.2020 to 07.05.2024





Ann Westmoreland

Co opted (chair)

01.02.2018 to 01.02.2022





Miranda Newbery

Co opted

04.12.12017 to 04.12.2021


Inspired Usability Ltd

Supports the medical device and pharmaceutical industry 


Chris Smith

Co opted

07.05.2020 to 07.05.2024





David Sapherson

Co opted

28.11.2019 to 28.11.2023






Mrs Dianne Mousley

 To view the attendance records of governor meetings for 2017-2018, please click here.

To view the attendance records of governor meetings for 2018-2019, please click here.