Our Governors

School Governors have a general responsibility for the management of the school.  They are responsible for setting the budget, overseeing the curriculum, the appointment and dismissal of staff and deciding the policy on admissions.  The Senior Management Team make the day to day decisions about the running of the school.

The Governing Body meets formally at least once a term.

Our Governors all have close connections with the school which helps them to take an objective view of the work we do.  They are a “Critical Friend” to the Senior Management Team.  The Governors all take an active interest in main school events including Prize Giving, the Carol Service and school Open Day.

The Governors operate an open door policy and are more than happy to discuss any matters regarding school life.   Parents are welcome to contact the Governors by addressing correspondence to them via the school office.

An annual return for complaints is carried out.  Should any parent require a copy of this return please contact the school office.


Gov-DM-rounded David Malyon is a chartered accountant and is the Managing Partner of Pawley & Malyon, a firm of chartered accountants and statutory auditors.   Prior to joining them he worked at two other firms and qualified with the second of these.  He is an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales.
David and his wife, Susan, have three children, two who are at university and one who is working.  He is Chair of Governors and is responsible for buildings, health and safety, financial matters, legal and regulatory issues.
matt-barrett Mr Matt Barrett joined the Board of Governors in 2016.   Matt is a solicitor and notary public and is a partner at Thirsk Winton LLP based in Woodford Green.   Whilst his professional background lends itself to assisting with legal and regulatory compliance at Avon House, Matt takes a particular interest in the range of extra curricular activities provided by the school.  Matt firmly believes that, whilst the school rightly prides itself on academic performance, each child can only reach their full potential if they are enjoying additional sporting, musical or dramatic activities.
Mrs Fay Cookson is a dyslexia specialist, Head of the Sheila Ferrari Dyslexia Centre and a CReSTeD consultant.  She is responsible for staff pastoral care and child protection.
 richard-hogg Mr Richard Hogg became a School Governor in Autumn 2016.   He has worked with the Ministry of Defence for the past 26 years having experience of the implementation of major projects, been a trainer and personnel professional with a particular focus on leadership, communications and personal development initiatives. He is currently an investigator within security vetting. Richard’s daughter recently left Avon House for secondary school having been here since year 3.  Richard grew up in Wanstead and has been an active athlete and coach with Woodford Green Athletic Club since the mid 1980’s.
 cheryl-macnair-2 Mrs Cheryl Macnair joined the Governing body in September 2016.  Cheryl retired from her role as Headmistress of a small ISA school in August 2016 and has much experience with Early Years.  She is also a Team Inspector (Early Years) for the Independent Schools Inspectorate.