Karen Grant

Chair of Governors

Address - Prince Avenue Academy, Hornby Avenue, SS0 0LG - 01702 311411


I am a parent of 2 daughters, one at Prince Avenue and one that has just left to start Secondary School. I became a Parent Governor in 2012 and am now a Sponsor Governor and Chair. I work part time and run a local rainbow and brownie group.


Phillip Underwood

Emma Callowhill

Staff Governor

Hi, I am Miss Callowhill and I can be found in Year One. I am also the Read Write Inc, Lead for Prince Avenue. I am passionate about creating experiences and opportunitites for our children to develop. I am also a keen baker and regularly stock the staff room with new creations!

Cllr Daniel Cowan

Daniel Cowan is the father of two primary and nursery aged children. He has a background in IT Training and working with people with additional needs, and currently works in Cyber.


As a care leaver, Daniel has special interest in the attainment of looked after children, as well as ICT and English skills.


He is an elected councillor on Southend-on-Sea City Council and represents St Laurence ward where PAAN is located.


Rev Tom Vernon


I am minister of Earls Hall Baptist Church, I am married to Christine, and we have 4 children all of whom who have attended Prince Avenue. We moved to Southend from Scotland in 2015, following a call to serve at Earls Hall Baptist Church. As a church we are part of the local community and are always happy to engage more effectively with all that is going on. As a family who are part of the community and as a parent of children who have been part of the school it is great to be able to get involved in the life of the school as a sponsor governor.


Debra Day

Staff Governor

I have worked at Prince Avenue for 18 years; the last 10 years as Office Manager and PA to the Head Teacher. I have seen many changes over this time and all for the good of the school and the community. One of my fondest memories to date is the opening of the Sure Start Children's Centre in 2011 and the huge success that followed. Barr teaching, I cover most areas of school life; becoming a Staff Governor is a new journey and another way for me to show my commitment to what I consider to be an amazing school.

Carol Dolman

 I was a Company Secretary in our family business, now retired, although still do some accounts work at home. I am a great grandmother and two of my great grandsons attend Prince Avenue.

Catrina Lambert

Having taught in two North London Comprehensives, I was appointed Head of English and drama at Edmonton County, serving for ten years before taking a position of Deputy Head of Hockerill, an Essex boarding, 11-16, co-educational comprehensive. Following retirement in 1996 I accepted several periods of part-time teaching at Cecil Jones, Prittlewell, Chalfont St. Peter and finally at King Edward VI Grammar, Chelmsford, teaching years 8, 11 and 12.

During my time in schools and after I have been involved in numerous community and charity projects, most latterly as a member first of Southend Rotary and subsequently Thorpe Bay Rotary Clubs. In 2015 I began supporting students at Prince Avenue Academy as a reading mentor and in October 2018 was pleased to become accepted as a Governor.

During the years since, I have enjoyed being involved with the development of learning schemes including RWI in EYFS and the improvement achieved in children’s reading. This I continue to do as well as being responsible for the Wellbeing of the PAAN community. As a Governor I hope to support the staff, children and parents in the path to continued success, ensuring that each child has the opportunity to reach its true potential in a happy, healthy and secure environment.



Jacqui Gibson

Clerk to Governors