Copmanthorpe Primary School

Copmanthorpe Primary School


Governor Profiles

 Peter Northfield (Chair) - Co-opted Governor since 2016

Committees: Health, Safety & Premises (Chair), Finance & Staffing and Headteacher Performance Management

 I have lived in Copmanthorpe since 1987 and both of my children attended Copmanthorpe Primary School. My professional career was spent in secondary education, predominantly in the classroom. In 1991 I was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry for the work that I was doing on INSET for chemistry teachers. I currently hold senior positions with three major examination boards. When I retired I wanted to take a more active role in the community and being a member of the governing body has given me the opportunity to use the skills that I have developed, working with students, their parents, colleagues, school governors and teaching unions, over many years.

Joanne Bennett - Parent Governor since 2016

Committees: Pupils and Health, Safety & Premises.

grew up and was educated in York, returning to the area following University and my early career in 2005. I have two girls at Copmanthorpe school and although I live outside the village we are very much integrated into the community attending lots of the village activities and clubs. 

I am keen that all children fulfil their potential and with a background in science and geography as well as a passion for travel I value a broader curriculum alongside core literacy skills.  I have had a career in Marketing for almost twenty years and hope to be able to use my experience in project management, communication and leadership within a large organisation within my role as a governor. 

Gavin Blackstone - Co-opted Governor after previously being a Parent Governor since 2014

Committees: Finance & Staffing (Chair)

Gavin Blackstone

 I have lived in York for 21 years and in Copmanthorpe for the last 14. I care passionately about our primary school and hope that my skills can contribute to supporting our excellent staff in  ensuring all our children achieve their potential in a stimulating learning environment. 

 I am a qualified accountant, working in professional practice in Leeds for many years. I specialised in audit and advisory work with local authorities, often focussing on the finances of local  education authority schools. In 2013 I became the bursar of Fulneck School, an independent school in Pudsey, so am well placed to empathise, understand and hopefully advise on the daily  challenges of delivering excellent education for our children. Since 2016 I have been bursar of Bootham School in York. 

Antoinette Burroughs - Parent Governor since 2017

Committees: Pupils and Staffing & Finance

When I moved to Copmanthorpe in 2016 I found the people in the village to be extremely welcoming. When my daughter joined Copmanthorpe Primary that year I found the school community was the same and I was keen to be actively involved. I also attend many village activities with my younger son.

 I have a degree in biology and a master's in ecology and conservation. I have worked in higher education for several years but have also been an education volunteer for two wildlife trusts, working with primary school children.

Yvonne Hoggarth - Parent Governor since 2019

Committees: Pupils and Health, Safety & Premises

 I grew up in the Copmanthorpe area, moved away to study and work and then returned to York 20 years ago.   I have worked in education for 25 years in support, teaching, teacher training and management roles, mainly in secondary schools, further and higher education.  I am currently studying for a master’s degree in Education.  I hope to be able to use this experience in the role of parent governor.  I very much value education which offers a broad curriculum and develops the whole child, inspiring confidence and nurturing interests that will stay with them for life.  


Sarah Dawson - Local Authority Governor since 2016

Committees: Curriculum (Chair) and Headteacher Performance Management

I moved to Copmanthorpe in August 2014 when I took up a role as lecturer in Teacher Education at Leeds Beckett University. I have twenty years experience in senior leadership in school and I am passionate about creative teaching and learning and inspiring children to embrace learning and to achieve their potential.

I have previous experience as a parent governor and I am proud to take up the role of LA governor at the school where I hope to bring my skills, expertise and love of learning to support the continuous development of this great school.


Anne Newton - Parent Governor since 2018

Committees: Curriculum




Menna Godfrey (Vice Chair) - Co-opted Governor since 2005

Governor responsible for SEND

Committees: Curriculum and Health, Safety & Premises

Menna Godfrey

I was born and brought up in Surrey and moved to 'The North' to attend the University of Leeds, where I gained a Physics degree and a secondary teaching qualification. My husband (also a teacher) and I have lived in Copmanthorpe since 1988 and our three children all attended Copmanthorpe Primary School. I now own and manage Quackers the Early Years provision on the school site. I attend York Community Church.

 Interests: I am passionate about personalised learning provision and seek to ensure that educational opportunities for all children support them to develop the skills and dispositions that they will need throughout their lives. I want our school to encourage our children to see themselves as life-long learners, part of a learning community where adults and children learn together.



Syvlia McBriar - Co-oped Governor since 2019

Committees: tbc




Stephen Leather – Parent Governor since 2016

Committees: Health, Safety & Premises

I have lived in Copmanthorpe for the past 10 years, and in that time my eldest son flourished at the school before moving on, whilst my youngest son is currently making fantastic progress in Year 5.

I have worked in Laboratory Medicine in the NHS for 25 years, and I hope this experience together with my strong passion for education and the opportunities it provides will help me bring a balanced perspective in my role as a Parent Governor.

Graeme Law - Parent Governor since 2019

Committees: Curriculum and Finance & Staffing

 Graeme Law

I have lived in Copmanthorpe since 1985 and I Lecture at York St John University in Sociology of Sport and Sports Coaching. I am the Course Leader for the Physical Education & Sports Coaching Degree; I am passionate about child development through physical activity, as there is a positive association between engagement in physical activity and levels of mental well-being. As a former pupil of this school, I believe that my experience and passion for education will help me provide a clear perspective as a parent governor. 

Geoff Mumford - Co-opted Governor since 2014 

Governor Responsible for Safeguarding

Committees: Curriculum and Pupils and Headteacher Performance Management 

Geoff Mumford I have lived in Copmanthorpe since 2008 when I became Vicar of St Giles’ Church, having previously lived in Lancashire and the West Midlands, where I served on a Community School Governing Body and two Church School Governing Bodies, including one as Vice Chair.  I was invited to become a Community Governor in Copmanthorpe in 2014, where my daughter was a pupil.

I am particularly interested in ensuring that each child has access to the full curriculum and every opportunity to flourish as an individual.  I have been involved in the delivery and support of Religious Education in schools, which I believe to be important in ensuring a holistic understanding of the world we live in.  I believe a key aspect of a Governor’s role is to support, encourage and challenge the school to be the best it can for all pupils.


Vacancy - Staff Governor since 2019

Committees: tbc