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.”
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.”
Chair of Governing Body
Turtle class representative
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.
“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.”
Vice Chair of Governors
Achievement and Standards Committee
Starfish and Shark class representative
“I am the teacher in Turtle class. I have taught at Medina House since 1997 and seen the school through many changes from all-age to primary, several Headteachers and governing bodies. I have been teaching in special education since I graduated in 1989, teaching in special schools for pupils with severe and complex needs as well as a short spell as SENCO at an Island middle school. I have a particular interest in behaviour management and Autistic Spectrum Disorder. I am pleased to be part of the new governing body of Medina House at such an exciting time and look forward to being involved in whole school development as we go from strength to strength.”
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.”
Dolphin Class Representative
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.
“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.”
“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.”
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.
Seahorse class representative
Jellyfish Class Representative
Clerk to Governors
|Governor||Category of Governor||Terms of Office||Committee Membership||Responsibility Areas||Governor at Another School||Family Connections Working in School||Employment and Business Interests||Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings|
|Matt Atkins||Local Authority||12/04/17 to 11/04/21||Executive Committee||Chair of Governors||Nil||Nil||Retired||2016/17|
|Lead Governor for Effectiveness of Leadership and Management||Daughter and Son-in-Law own a Company that provides advice on ICT systems and websites etc. to schools||9 out of 9|
|Safeguarding and Child Protection||*Member of Local Authority Admission Appeals Panel||2017/18|
|Health and Safety Advisory Role||3 out of 3|
|Turtles Class Link|
|Colin Bright||Associate||17/03/17 to 16/03/21||HeadteacherÂs Performance Management||Supporting Lead Governor for Standards and Achievement including Data||Nil||Nil||Senior Lecturer Southampton Solent University||2016/17|
|Starfish Class Link||2 out of 4|
|1 out of 3|
|Julia Cooil||Co-opted||29/03/17 to 28/03/21||Executive Committee||Vice Chair of Governors||Nil||Nil||Retired||2016/17|
|Lead Governor for Standards and Achievement including Data||8 out of 9|
|Pupil Premium Â Impact||2 out of 3|
|Equality and Diversity|
|Shark Class Link|
|Sheila Frost||Co-opted||26/03/15 to 25/03/19||N/A||Lead Governor for Curriculum||Nil||Nil||Retired||2016/17|
|Lead Governor for EYFS||Supply Teacher at Medina House School||7 out of 9|
|Class Links for Coral and Stingray||2017/18|
|Rachel Hayden||Staff||29/03/17 to 28/03/21||N/A||Behaviour and Safety||Nil||Nil||Teacher||2016/17|
|Staff Voice||9 out 9|
|Seahorse Class Link||3 out of 3|
|Claire Holley||Co-opted||16/11/17 to 15/11/21||N/A||Lead Governor for Site and Buildings and Health and Safety||Nil||Nil||N/A||2016/17|
|Associate Governor from:||Class Links for Dolphin and Seashell Classes||4 out of 4|
|17/03/17 to 16/11/17||2017/18|
|3 out of 3|
|Ian Hutchcraft||Parent||17/03/17 to 16/03/21||Headteachers Performance Management||Supporting Lead Governor for Curriculum||Nil||Nil||Full-time Carer||2016/17|
|Penguin Class Link|
|4 out of 4|
|3 out of 3|
|Paul New||Parent||04/02/16 to 03/02/20||Executive Committee||Finance||Nil||Nil||Southern Housing Group||2016/17|
|HeadteacherÂs Performance Management||Seal Class Link||8 out of 9|
|3 out of 3|
|Julie Stewart||Headteacher||29/03/2013 onwards||Executive Committee||Nil||Nil||Headteacher||2016/17|
|9 out of 9|
|3 out of 3|
|Len Fox||Co-opted||1/05/14 to15/11/17||N/A||Supporting Lead Governor for Site and Buildings and Health and Safety||Nil||Nil||Retired||2016/17|
|(resigned)||SMSC Support||7 out of 9|
|Jellyfish Class Link||2017/18|
|0 out of 3|