Current governors


Jonathan Pritchard - co-opted – Chair

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.

Term of office ends: 15 January 2019
Governor responsibilities: Health and Wellbeing


John Carpenter - co–opted

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 been a serving Metropolitan Police officer since 1994 and for 9 years he was the local beat officer in Belmont and was a familiar face at Avenue primary school. He is currently one of Sutton borough’s Safer Schools Police officers, primarily working within secondary schools assisting them with discipline issues, investigating crime in schools and delivering safety and crime prevention talks. He also assists with Police cadets.

Term of office ends: 22 June 2021
Governor responsibilities: Safeguarding and Looked-After Children


Rev. Mark Williams - co–opted

After gaining a degree in Theological Studies, Mark trained as a teacher which led to being head of RE, PSE and Careers in Beaminster, Dorset. Mark was subsequently ordained into the Church of England and is now vicar and Methodist minister at St John’s Church, Belmont. He is also Hon. Chaplain to the 219 Sqn Air Cadets, Royal British Legion (Belmont) and the Royal Marsden Hospital. He is vice-chair of SACRE (Standing Advisory Council for RE) and a Safeguarding trainer for the London Methodist District. Mark brings to the school 14 years’ experience in teaching, skills in managing volunteers and dispute resolution, pastoral care and a commitment to the local community of all ages.

Term of office ends: 19 November 2020
Governor responsibilities: Safeguarding and Looked-After Children, Health and Wellbeing, Special Educational Needs and Disabilities


Vacancy - co-opted



Lisa Hunt (Head Teacher)

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.

Term of office ends: n/a


Anne Arnold (Bursar)

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).

Term of office ends: n/a


Claire Bignell (Staff)

Claire Bignell is Deputy Head Teacher at Avenue Primary school and responsible for teaching and learning, including assessment.

Term of office ends: 25 February 2020


Stephen Parsk MSc MRICS MCIOB – parent

Stephen is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor and Chartered Construction Manager with over 35 year’s experience in the Construction Industry. He has one child at Avenue with another joining the nursery in September. He is currently a Senior Project Manager working on HS2 Phase 1 Infrastructure delivery. Stephen was formerly a Technical Director with Balfour Beatty for 18 years and worked on a number of prestigious projects namely the London Olympics Aquatics Centre, the Terminal 2 Mid-pier contract at LHR for BAA and in Tel Aviv advising on a new light rail project, to name but a few.

Term of office ends: 18 October 2017


Vacancy – parent


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