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:

  • Ms Wendy Cleary, Chair of Governors (Local Authority Governor)
  • Mr Mike Grimble Vice Chair (Co-opted Governor)
  • Mrs Siân Jones (Parent Governor)
  • Mrs Nania Poulson (Parent Governor)
  • Mr Rob Machin (Parent Governor)
  • Mr Toby Whalen (Co-opted Governor)
  • Mrs Deborah Dismore (Head teacher Governor)
  • Mrs Nikki Davies (Co-opted Governor)
  • Mr Jason Menezes (Co-opted Governor)
  • Mrs Jo Thompson (Co-opted Governor)
  • Mr Mike Hooper (Associate Governor)
  • Mrs Deborah Dismore (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.

At the moment we have a vacancy for one parent and one Co-opted governor. We would particularly welcome new members with a background in finance or legal experience, though many other interests and abilities are welcome. If you feel you might be able to support the school as a school governor then we would very much like to hear from you! The Chair of Governors can be contacted via the school office on

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
Wendy Cleary Co-Opted Governor None None None 26/09/2016
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 Parent Governor Tin Can Island Producer/Director None 26/09/2016
Rob Machin Parent Governor Wymondham High School Employee None 26/09/2016
Jason Menezes Co-Opted Governor Bidwells Employee None 26/09/2016
Nania Poulson Parent 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