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Proud to be part of the Elevate Multi Academy Trust


Knayton 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 headteacher 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: Hannah Secouet

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Knayton Academy, Stockton Road, Thirsk, North Yorkshire, YO7 4AN


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 Headteacher 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 usually be appointed by either Leeds or York Diocese, following consultation with the local PCC.






Term in Office

Anthony Davison


18/.03/2019 to 17/03/2023

Jane Makin


08.07.2019 to 08.07.2023

 Rachel Hall


16.09.2019 to 16.09.2023

Hannah Secouet

Co opted

08.07.2019 to 08.07.2023

 Rev Dianne Gamble


Ex officio




Joanne Jones


01.09.2016 to 01.09.2020







Nikkie Beniams

Ex. Head teacher


Rachel Globe

Head of School


Linda Mason

Associate member

To 26.11.2019

In Attendance



Dianne Mousley






Joe Bainbridge

co opted governor. End of term 


John Richardson

Parent governor. Resigned 01.07.2019


Steve Butterworth

Staff governor: Resigned as teacher and left 17.07.2019





Governor Attendance at LGB Meetings:

 Governor Attendance at LGBs
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