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Current Governors

All governors serve a three year term. Parent governors are elected by the parent body and when a vacancy arises, this is communicated to parents and an election held. Similarly, the staff governors are elected by the staff. Co-opted governors are
co-opted by the Trust based on the skills needs within the Local Governing Board.

Jonathan Pritchard
Co-Opted Chair

Term of office ends: 15 January 2022
Governor responsibilities: Health and Wellbeing

Jonathan has a background in education and social work. A qualified residential social worker he worked in several Residential Schools, Children’s Homes and Assessment Centres, in senior positions including Head of Care, deputy officer in charge and acting officer in charge in a number of establishments. He is also a qualified counsellor. Jonathan was also an elected local Councillor and during his tenure was the political group’s Education and Children spokesman. In addition to his Governing Body positions, he is Chairman of the local NSPCC branch, Chairman of the local Friends of Cheam Library. Currently running his own business providing IT support and web-services.
About Jonathan
John Carpenter
Co-Opted

Term of office ends: 26 June 2021
Governor responsibilities: Safeguarding and Looked-After Children.

John started his career as a navigating officer in the merchant navy before working for the London Borough of Croydon managing leisure centres and teaching swimming. He has recently retired from the Metropolitan Police Service where he served as an officer for 25 Years. He spent 9 years as the local beat officer in Belmont and was a familiar face at Avenue Primary before taking on the role as a safer schools police officer primarily for secondary schools in the Borough, where he assisted them with discipline issues, investigated crime within schools and delivering safety and crime prevention talks. He also set up and ran Junior police cadets and assisted with the two senior sections. He is now working part time for Surrey County Council as an outdoor education instructor at High Ashurst and Thames Young Mariners. He also keeps busy as a Cub Scout leader, helps run a local Table Tennis club and continues to assist as a volunteer with Police cadets.
About John
Anne Arnold
Co Opted

. Term of office ends: 31.08.2021

Anne has worked at Avenue Primary for 15 years and has been Bursar for the last 7 after completing a Certificate in School Business Management. Anne previously worked in banking and then for BT where she led the major customer billing unit for London, building experience in people management, finance, HR and customer service, as well as systems development and testing. Anne took a break from paid employment from 1994 to 1999 after the birth of her daughter, although she remained active in the voluntary sector and ran a local parent and toddler group, and was treasurer of Belmont Village Preschool Playgroup and secretary of T.A.P.T.A. (the school’s previous PTA)
About Anne
Lisa Hunt
Head Teacher

Term of office ends: n/a

Lisa is currently the Head Teacher at Avenue Primary Academy. Lisa has 17 years of teaching experience across the primary age range as a teacher, year leader and senior leader; she has held a management position for 11 years and has led English, Maths, PE, Curriculum Development and the Community Cohesion Team; she is a designated Safeguarding lead for the school. Lisa is a Specialist Leader of Education for English within the Teaching School Alliance and is an Associate Advisor for the Local Authority, supporting teaching and learning in both Sutton and other local authorities. She has been a staff governor for seven years.
About Lisa
Claire Bignell
Staff

Term of office ends: 25th February 2020

Claire is currently the Head of School at Avenue Primary Academy. Claire has 13 years of teaching experience across the primary age range as a teacher, year leader and senior leader; she has held a management position for 8 years and has led Mathematics, PE and Assessment; she is a deputy designated Safeguarding officer for the school. Claire is a Specialist Leader of Education for Mathematics and Assessment within the Teaching School Alliance and was an Associate Advisor for the Local Authority, supporting teaching and learning in both Sutton and other local authorities. She has been a staff governor for 3 years.
About Claire
Bayo Alamu
Parent Governor

Term of Office Ends: 23.01.2021

My son is at Avenue and my daughter will hopefully join him in future. I do have a long-time commitment with the school. I have been on the PTA committee for two consecutive years. Working in the private sector as engineering consultant coupled with my academic background (PhD in engineering) I have gained experience relevant to the role of a Parent Governor: from participating in various committees at professional level to staff mentoring, interfacing with client organization. I have received extensive training in project management, cost control, quality control, QHSE (Health & Safety), Equity & Diversity, Teaching & Learning, and others.
About Bayo
Charlotte Billot-Taylor
Vice Chair/Parent Governor

Term of Office Ends: 23.01.2021

Charlotte’s career in Human Resources spans a 25 year period. She has spent the majority of her working life in the private sector, working for a global professional services organisation. She studied at Westminster University, gaining a degree in Human Resource Management and for the last 10 years has specialised in advising on all aspects of employee relations matters and policy creation and development. Charlotte has a particular interest in the area of dispute resolution and has been pushing to embed a culture of informal resolution to complaints within the workplace; the skills and experience of which she considers to be transferable outside the workplace and of which she hopes to be able to share within the academic environment. Charlotte is the parent of a child in Year 6 and balances work and the enjoyment of running from one sports club to another and being on the sideline on a Saturday morning, cheering the team along!
About Charlotte

FORMER GOVERNORS

Revd Mark Williams
Co -Opted

Resigned: 30.06.2019


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