Recreation Road Infant and Avenue Junior Schools have partnered together to create the Heigham Community Federation.  The federation has one governing board, formed from representatives of parents, staff, the community and the Local Authority.

The governing board’s role is to oversee the work of the school, to support and challenge it and to help it 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.

Our Governors are currently:

  • Michael Bunting, Head Teacher Governor
  • Jen Carlin, Associate Governor
  • Louise Carolan, Co-opted Governor
  • Debbie Dismore, Head Teacher Governor
  • Mike Grimble (Co-Chair), Co-opted Governor
  • Mike Hooper, Associate Governor
  • Deborah Ilott, Local Authority Governor
  • Sian Jones, Co-opted Governor
  • Jamie Wallis, Parent Governor
  • Victoria Younsepour, Parent Governor
  • Gary McGuinness, Co-opted Governor
  • Rachel Paley, (Vice Chair), Co-opted Governor
  • Nania Poulson (Co-Chair), Co-opted Governor
  • Farah Rahman, Co-opted Governor
  • Jo Thompson, Co-opted Governor
  • Nick Thornton, Staff Governor

The Federation operates a ‘collapsed model’ of governance.  It doesn’t have committees; instead it has monthly Full Governing Board Meetings. Approved minutes of these meetings are available on this webpage, or upon request from the school office.

Please call the school office (01603 457120) if you wish to contact one of our governors.

Please contact the school office (01603 457120) if you wish to get in touch with one of our governors.


Name Designation Term From Term To Voting rights?
Michael Bunting Head Teacher ex officio Y
Jen Carlin Associate 01/09/2021 31/08/2025 N
Louise Carolan Co-opted 01/09/2021 31/08/2025 Y
Debbie Dismore Head Teacher ex officio Y
Mike Grimble (Co-Chair) Co-opted 01/09/2021 31/08/2025 Y
Mike Hooper Associate 01/09/2021 31/08/2025 N
Deborah Ilott Local Authority 01/09/2021 31/08/2025 Y
Sian Jones Co-opted 01/09/2021 31/08/2025 Y
Gary McGuinness Co-opted 01/09/2021 31/08/2025 Y
Rachel Paley (Vice-Chair) Co-opted 01/09/2021 31/08/2025 Y
Nania Poulson (Co-Chair) Co-opted 01/09/2021 31/08/2025 Y
Farah Rehman Co-opted 01/09/2021 31/08/2025 Y
Jo Thompson Co-opted 01/09/2021 31/08/2025 Y
Nick Thornton Staff 01/09/2021 31/08/2025 Y
Jamie Wallis Parent 17/11/21 16/11/25 Y
Victoria Younespour Parent 22/10/21 21/10/25 Y

Contact Us

Recreation Road Infant School, Recreation Road, Norwich NR2 3PA

Head of School – Denise Mattock

Executive Head Teacher – Michael Bunting

Tel: 01603 457120


Zoe Smith and Jo Westgate are available in the school office to deal with your calls and queries.

If you would like a paper copy of anything on our website, please just ask.