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 and Penguin class representative


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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



“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

Vice Chair

Co-Opted Governor

Seal and Seahorse class representative


I have worked in three different secondary schools for a number of years, during this time I was a non teaching staff governor. I found it interesting to see how schools run from a different perspective.  My son was born in 2015 and is in penguin class. My other son will be attending next year in coral class. Having a range of different experiences I hope to help the school in every way possible.







Andrew Trotter

Parent governor

Coral class representative

I trained to teach in late 80s and worked a few years in and out of island primary schools for a few years. I spent most of my working life at Wightlink ticket office at Fishbourne. In my spare time I volunteered in Scouting as a Cub leader. When I left Wightlink, after 17 years, I began working back in school as a teaching assistant. I had to leave full time work due to health problems. I love working with children and have volunteered in school recently hearing children read and helping with forest school.
I am a church warden at St John’s, Ryde. I volunteer with mental health charities and help run a support group in Ryde.
I am looking forward to join the governing body and feel I have many skills to offer.



David Rowe


Jellyfish and Stingray class representative









Angela Denny

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

Dolphin and Puffin 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

Co-opted Governor

Starfish and Shark Class representative



I have been a teacher for many years on the Isle of Wight and also in London. I hold a degree in Steiner Waldorf Education and as such I believe in a child centred approach to all education. I have taught across many age ranges in mainstream schools and at a Pupil Referral Unit and now hold the best role of all, at Medina House. I adore my role as Dolphin class teacher and feel privileged to welcome our children as they start their school careers. I look forward to representing our staff, pupils and parents as a governor.




Heather Jones

Staff Governor

Keith Lane










Keith Lane

Clerk to Governors

Statement of Roles and Responsibilities

Medina House SEN information report 2021

Medina House Governors Website Information -Amended June 2021 Update

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 GovernorsNilRetired2020/21
and 11/04/21 to 10/04/25Lead Governor for:6 out of 6
Member of Local Authority Admission Appeals Panel
Leadership and Management
Pupil Premium – Financial Control
Safeguarding and Child Protection
Site and Buildings
HR Matters
Equipment Asset Management
Performance Management
Class Links for Turtle and Penguin
Colin BrightCo-opted03/07/20 to 02/07/24Executive CommitteeVice Chair of GovernorsNilNilSenior Lecturer Southampton Solent University2020/21
Associate17/03/17 to 02/07/20Headteacher's Performance ManagementLead Governor for Behaviour and Attitudes4 out of 6
Pay CommitteeSeal and Seahorse Class Links
Support Governor for HR
Angela DennyParent03/05/21 to 02/05/2025N/ASupport Governor for Personal DevelopmentNilNilNil2020/21
Sheila FrostCo-opted26/03/15 to 25/03/19N/ALead Governor for:NilNilRetired2020/21
andEffectiveness of Early Years ProvisionSupply Teacher at Medina House School6 out of 6
26/03/19 to 25/03/23Dolphin and Puffin Class Links
Heather JonesStaff19/09/19 to 19/09/23N/ALead Governor for:NilNilTeacher2020/21
Personal DevelopmentHusband is a School Photographer4 out of 6
Staff Voice
Felicity MorganAssociate20/09/2018Executive CommitteeLead Governor for:NilNilRetired2020/21
toHeadteacher's Performance ManagementQuality of Education5 out of 6
28/02/2019Pay CommitteeLAC PupilsRetired
28/02/19 toPupil Premium – Impact
Co-opted27/02/2023Starfish and Shark Class Links
David RoweAssociate31/01/20 to 30/01/24Headteacher's Performance ManagementSupport Governor for:2020/21
Pay CommitteeLeadership and Management6 out of 6
Pupil Premium – Financial Control
Health and Safety
Julie StewartHeadteacher29/03/2013Executive CommitteeNilNilHeadteacher2020/21
onwards6 out of 6
Andrew TrotterParent01/01/20 to 31/12/23N/ALead Governor forNilNilHare and Hounds2020/21
Health and Safety5 out of 6
Support Governor for:
Site and Buildings
Personal Development
ResignedCoral Class Link
Tina OrledgeParent22/11/19 to 03/05/21N/AN/ANilNil2020/21
4 out of 4

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