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 and Jellyfish 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.
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.
Seal class representative
Seashell Class Representative
“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.”
Starfish class representative
Penguin class representative
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.
Coral, Stingray and Puffin class representative
Dolphin 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.
Shark 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||Retired||2018/19|
|Lead Governor for:||Daughter and Son-in-Law own a Company that may provide IT support and systems including website. Word Press hosting, updates and maintenance||6 out of 6|
|Leadership and Management||*Member of Local Authority Admission Appeals Panel||2019/20|
|Safeguarding and Child Protection||2 out of 2|
|Site and Buildings|
|Class Links for Turtle and Jellyfish|
|Colin Bright||Associate||17/03/17 to 16/03/21||Headteachers Performance Management||Lead Governor for Personal Development and Equality and Diversity||Nil||Nil||Senior Lecturer Southampton Solent University||2018/19|
|Pay Committee||Support Governor for HR||2 out of 6|
|Starfish Class Link||2019/20|
|Sheila Frost||Co-opted||26/03/15 to 25/03/19||N/A||Lead Governor for:||Nil||Nil||Retired||2018/19|
|and 26/03/19 to 25/03/2023||Curriculum||Supply Teacher at Medina House School||5 out of 6|
|Class Links for Puffin, Coral and Stingray||2 out of 2|
|Heather Jones||Staff||19/09/19 to 19/09/23||N/A||Lead Governor for:||Nil||Nil||Teacher||2019/20|
|Behaviour and Attitude||2 out of 2|
|Class Link for Seahorse|
|Felicity Morgan||Associate||20/09/2018 to 28/02/2019||Executive Committee||Lead Governor for:||Nil||Nil||Retired||2018/19|
|Headteachers Performance Management||Standards and Achievement including Data||5 out of 6|
|Co-opted||28/02/19 to 27/02/2023||Pay Committee||LAC Pupils||2019/20|
|Pupil Premium Impact||2 out of 2|
|Class Links for Dolphin and Shark|
|Paul New||Co-opted||15/11/19 to 14/11/23||Executive Committee||Vice Chair of Governors||Nil||Nil||Southern Housing Group||2018/19|
|04/02/16 to 15/11/19||Pay Committee||Finance||2019/20|
|Pupil Premium Financial Control||2 out of 2|
|Equipment Asset Management|
|Health and Safety|
|Seal Class Link|
|Tina Orledge||Parent||22/11/19 to 21/11/23||N/A||Wider Community (in partnership with A Trotter)||Nil||Nil||N/A||2019/20|
|Seashell Class Link|
|Julie Stewart||Headteacher||29/03/2013 onwards||Executive Committee||Nil||Nil||Headteacher||2018/19|
|6 out of 6|
|2 out of 2|
|Andrew Trotter||Parent||01/01/20 to 31/12/23||N/A||Support Governor for:||Nil||Nil||Hare and Hounds||2019/20|
|Site and Buildings|
|Health and Safety|
|Wider Community (in partnership with T Orledge)|
|Penguin Class Link|
|Julia Cooil||Associate||28/02/19 to 31/08/2019||N/A||N/A||Nil||Nil|
|Claire Holley||Co-opted||16/11/17 to 19/09/2019||N/A||N/A||Nil||Nil|
|Ian Hutchcraft||Parent||17/03/17 to 31/12/2019||N/A||N/A||Nil||Nil|
|Juliette Swinfield||Staff||05/10/18 to 31/08/19||N/A||N/A||Nil||Nil|