School Governing Body

Introduction from our Chair of Governors

Welcome from Matt Atkins Chair of Governors

“It is my privilege to be Chair of Governors of the school. The Governing Body is committed to working closely with the Head Teacher and all staff to ensure that your children will receive the best possible quality of education in a safe and caring environment.

We believe that your contribution is essential in helping your child to grow up to “be the best that they can be”. If you need to speak to any member of the Governing Body about any issue, please contact the school in the first instance. We will try to make sure that you are kept informed about work that the school is doing and the progress we are making.

Our vision is that Medina House School should be an outstanding school and become a centre of excellence for all the Island’s children with special educational needs. In order to achieve this we must all — parents / carers, Head Teacher, staff, members of the Governing Body and other agencies that support us – work together in a special partnership with the progress and well-being of children at the centre of everything we do.

So, welcome to a very special partnership that we hope you will enjoy for many years to come.”

Matt Atkins
Chair of Governing Body

The Governing Body is made up of the following members:




“I have been a school governor with only a short break since the mid 1960s, in London, and from 1986, on the Island. I have experience of special, primary, middle and high schools.  From the early 1990s until the school closed on re-organisation, I was Business Manager and Clerk to Governors at Bishop Lovett CE Middle School.  I was appointed to the Medina House Interim Executive Board in September 2011 and to the newly established governing body in April 2013. I am married with three children and five grandchildren. Having now retired, I enjoy gardening, watching cricket and spending time with my family.” 



Matt Atkins

Chair of Governing Body

Turtle class representative


Julie Head [1024x768]


Having completed a BED Degree in Special Education in Derbyshire, I embarked on my career in a variety of Special Schools 27 years ago.  During that time I have worked in 5 schools in Portsmouth and Hampshire working my way up from class teacher until achieving my dream of gaining Headship at Medina House School in September 2011.  I was a governor in a Hampshire school when I held the role of Acting Head and when I joined Medina House School I was appointed to the I.E.B. (Interim Executive Board).  I have now chosen to be a governor on our full governing body to ensure the best outcomes for our pupils, their families and staff.




Julie Stewart



Julia Cooil



“Before my retirement I was a teacher in mainstream primary and middle schools. I was a Special Educational Needs Coordinator and specialised in working with children with special educational needs and disabilities.”





Julia Cooil

Vice Chair of Governors

Achievement and Standards Committee

Starfish and Shark class representative



I have been a teacher on the island for many years now, initially in mainstream education as teacher, assistant head and SENCO. I then worked for the authority specialising in Early Years and Early Language, before furthering my experience in an Autism Unit and now, the most rewarding of all jobs, as Nursery Teacher and EYFS lead at Medina House. I am proud to have been nominated to be Staff representative on the Governing Body and look forward to working with the whole team to continue striving for the best for everyone; children, staff and parents.



Juliette Swinfield

Staff Governor

Coral class representative


“My daughter has been a pupil at Medina House School since September 2011.  The school is very welcoming and has been the perfect environment for our daughter to learn and receive the support she needs. I have watched the school grow and improve, and it s a privilege to be appointed as an Associate Governor and to be part of the developing future of the school.

I have a degree in Fine Art and have worked in a variety of different roles including  NHS finance, as an estate agent and more recently, a support worker for adults with Autism and learning difficulties.  I have also held a volunteer role supporting parents to come to terms with their child’s diagnosis.

In my spare time I continue with my creative projects and am always making something! I also go running regularly and love to raise money for good causes.”



Claire Holley

Co-opted Governor

Dolphin Class Representative


Paul New

Our son joined the school in September 2015 and we have be impressed with the progress he has made; this is due to the fantastic teaching environment he is now in; an environment promoted by the caring and hard working team at Medina House School. I feel it is a great honour to be appointed as Parent Governor and I hope to be able to contribute to the schools continuing success.

I am Island born and have lived and worked on the Island all my life; I have worked in Social Housing since 1998 and am currently employed by Southern Housing Group.



Paul New

Parent Governor


“Technically, I should be classed as a grandparent governor – my grandson has attended Medina House School since 2014 (Preschool) and we have seen such positive changes in his development. We are very proud of him and owe so much to the brilliant team at Medina House. So much so that I wanted to contribute something to the school’s journey and this seemed to be a great way to offer my support and I am honoured and excited to be given this opportunity. I currently work as a senior lecturer in Social Work at Southampton Solent University and prior to this worked as a social worker and advocate on the Island. Originally from the west county, my first love was to work with people with learning disabilities and I originally achieved a joint qualification as a Social Worker and a Registered Nurse for People with Learning Disabilities at Portsmouth University and moved to the Island in ’98. I truly hope to be able to support the excellent work of the school and look forward to playing a small part in their ongoing success.”


Colin Bright

Associate Governor



“I was previously employed as an IT engineer based in Cambridgeshire. Working all around the country on both Hardware & software, until late 2008 when I stopped work due to my sons increased health complications & to become his primary career.
We moved to island late 2011 & started MHS September 2012. We could tell right from the start what an amazing school it was. Unable to work due to my sons unpredictable health I volunteer for Challenge & Adventure, an Island base charity working with disadvantaged & challenging young people using adventurous and challenging outdoor activities.
I enjoy being outdoors & like to go mountain biking & hiking.”



Ian Hutchcraft

Parent governor


Sheila Frost


I first encountered special education when I was 14. My mum worked at Watergate School ( now St Georges) and I would  love to go and visit during days off school . I qualified as a teacher in 1975 and I was offered a temporary teaching job at Watergate which was then an all age school designated  for children with “Moderate learning difficulties.”  Twenty five years later and  I was still there! In 2001 I joined Medina House School and have continued to love my work there teaching the youngest children in the school.




Sheila Frost

Co-Opted Governor

Seahorse class representative


I was a Special Educational Needs Coordinator for nearly twenty years in both a middle school and latterly a secondary school..
I specialised in working with children with Special Educational Needs and disabilities.
Now retired I enjoy travelling, sports such as walking and swimming and doing craft projects.  I also enjoy spending time with my grandchild.





Felicity Morgan

Associate Governor

Keith Lane










Keith Lane

Clerk to Governors

Governors Scheme of Delegation 2017

Governors SEN Report 2017

Governor’s Information Oct 2018

Parent Governor Election Procedure with Letters

GovernorCategory of GovernorTerms of OfficeCommittee MembershipResponsibility AreasGovernor at Another SchoolFamily Connections Working in SchoolEmployment and Business InterestsAttendance at Full Governing Body Meetings
Matt AtkinsLocal Authority12/04/17 to 11/04/21Executive CommitteeChair of GovernorsNilRetired2017/18
Lead Governor for Effectiveness of Leadership and ManagementDaughter and Son-in-Law own a Company that may provide IT support and systems including website. “Word Press hosting, updates and maintenance”7 out of 7
Safeguarding and Child Protection*Member of Local Authority Admission Appeals Panel2018/19
Health and Safety Advisory Role1 out of 1
HR Matters
Performance Management
Class Links for Turtles and Jellyfish
Colin BrightAssociate17/03/17 to 16/03/21Headteacher’s Performance ManagementLead Governor for Equality and DiversityNilNilSenior Lecturer Southampton Solent University2017/18
Pay CommitteeSupport Governor for Data and Curriculum2 out of 7
Starfish Class Link2018/19
0 out of 1
Julia CooilCo-opted29/03/17 to 28/03/21Executive CommitteeLead Governor for Standards and Achievement including DataNilNilRetired2017/18
Pay CommitteeLAC Pupils5 out of 7
Pupil Premium – Impact2018/19
Shark Class Link1 out of 1
Sheila FrostCo-opted26/03/15 to 25/03/19N/ALead Governor for CurriculumNilNilRetired2017/18
Lead Governor for EYFSSupply Teacher at Medina House School6 out of 7
Class Links for Coral and Stingray2018/19
1 out of 1
Claire HolleyCo-opted16/11/17 to 15/11/21N/ASupport Governor for Site and Buildings and Health and SafetyNilNilN/A2017/18
Associate Governor from:Seashell Class Link3 out of 7
17/03/17 to 16/11/172018/19
0 out of 1
Ian HutchcraftParent17/03/17 to 16/03/21Headteacher’s Performance ManagementLead Governor for Site and Buildings and Health and SafetyNilNilFull-time Carer2017/18
Pay CommitteePenguin Class Link6 out of 7
0 out of 1
Felicity MorganAssociateSeptember 20, 2018N/ASupport Governor for Standards and Achievement including DataNilNilRetired2018/19
September 19, 2022LAC Pupils1 out of 1
Pupil Premium – Impact
Dolphin Class Link
Paul NewParent04/02/16 to 03/02/20Executive CommitteeVice Chair of GovernorsNilNilSouthern Housing Group2017/18
Headteacher’s Performance ManagementLead Governor for Finance6 out of 7
Pay CommitteePupil Premium – Financial Control2018/19
Asset Management1 out of 1
Seal Class Link
Julie StewartHeadteacherMarch 29, 2013Executive CommitteeNilNilHeadteacher2017/18
7 out of 7
1 out of 1
Juliette SwinfieldStaffOctober 5, 2018N/AStaff VoiceNilNilTeacher2018/19
October 4, 2022Behaviour and Safety0 out of 0
Seahorse Class Link
Rachel HaydenStaff29/03/17 to 31/08/18N/AN/ANilNilTeacher2017/18
7 out of 7

  1. February 18 - February 22
  2. February 28 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
  3. March 8 @ 7:00 pm
  4. March 20 @ 9:15 am - 11:00 am
  5. April 23
  6. June 14
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