The Governing Body


The Governing Body of Avenue Junior School is made up from representatives of parents, teaching and non-teaching staff, the community and the Local Authority.

Their role is to oversee the work of the school, to support and challenge it and to help the school to plan for the future.

Together governors:

  • Ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Hold the head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
  • Oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well spent.

Below is the current list of the Governors:

  • Mrs Nania Poulson Chair (Co-opted Governor)
  • Mr Mike Grimble Vice Chair (Co-opted Governor)
  • Mrs Siân Jones (Co-opted Governor)
  • Ms Ally Ireson (Parent Governor)
  • Mr Sam Rowbury (Parent Governor)
  • Mr Pete Hundleby (Parent Governor)
  • Dr Lisa Crossman (Parent Governor)
  • Ms Rachel Paley (Parent Governor)
  • Ms Baiba Zivtins (Staff Governor)
  • Mr Toby Whalen (Co-opted Governor)
  • Mrs Deborah Dismore (Head teacher Governor)
  • Mrs Nikki Teasdale (Co-opted Governor)
  • Mr Jason Menezes (Co-opted Governor)
  • Mrs Jo Thompson (Co-opted Governor)
  • Mr Mike Hooper (Acting-Head Teacher Governor)

The Governors join one of our committees:

Resources, Teaching, Learning and Pupil Wellbeing.

These committees meet once or twice a term, with the Full Governing Body meetings taking place five times a year. Approved FGB minutes are available here on the website or from the school office.

We currently have a Local Authority Governor vacancy, if you are interested please contact the Chair of Governors, Nania Poulson

Register of Business and Personal Interests for Governors of Avenue Junior School

Name Governor Position Business Interest Nature of Interest Personal Interest Governance Role
(other institutions)
Date of last declaration
Margaret Bird Co-Opted Governor None None None 06/02/2017
Baiba Zivtins Headteacher Governor Avenue Junior School Employee None 23/04/18
Wendy Cleary Co-Opted Governor None None Daughter employed by Premier Education Group 23/04/18
Sam Rowbury Parent Governor Crown Commercial Service None None 23/04/18
Ally Ireson Parent Goveror Self employed None None 23/04/18
Deborah Dismore Headteacher Governor Avenue Junior School Employee None 26/09/2016
Michael Grimble Co-Opted Governor Norfolk Governors’ Network County Committee Member None Henderson Green Primary School 26/09/2016
Michael Hooper Associate Governor Avenue Junior School Employee None 28/11/2016
Sian Jones Co-Opted Governor Tin Can Island Producer/Director None 26/09/2016
Jason Menezes Co-Opted Governor Bidwells Employee None 26/09/2016
Nania Poulson Co-Opted Governor Special Design Studio Director None 26/09/2016
Nicola Teasdale Staff Governor Avenue Junior School Employee None 26/09/2016
Joanne Thompson Co-Opted Governor Active Norfolk Employee None 24/04/2017
Toby Whalen Co-Opted Governor Mile Cross Primary School Employee None Mile Cross Primary School, Norwich 26/09/2016