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 Jellyfish 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



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

Vice Chair

Co-Opted Governor

Seal class representative


I have worked with children for nearly 20 years from preschool to primary school. I completed my degree in early childhood studies and Owned and managed a preschool and after school clubs for three years.

In 2014 I had my son who now attends Medina house school. I became a single parent and decided to put my career aside to care for my son and his needs. The governors role was an opportunity for me to use the skills I had gained over the years through my career and also put something back into the school, that do an amazing job caring for and educating my son.
In my spare time I like to read, go to the gym, swim and bake.




Tina Orledge

Parent Governor

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.”


Colin Bright

Associate Governor

Starfish class representative









Andrew Trotter

Parent governor

Penguin 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





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

Coral, Stingray 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

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.




Heather Jones

Staff Governor

Shark Class representative

Keith Lane










Keith Lane

Clerk to Governors

2019 Medina House Scheme of Delegation- Governors decision planner

Medina House SEN information report 2020

Medina House Governors Website Information -Amended January 2020 Update

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 GovernorsNilRetired2018/19
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 Panel2019/20
Safeguarding and Child Protection2 out of 2
Site and Buildings
HR Matters
Performance Management
Class Links for Turtle and Jellyfish
Pay CommitteeSupport Governor for HR2 out of 6
Starfish Class Link2019/20
1 out of 2
Sheila FrostCo-opted26/03/15 to 25/03/19N/ALead Governor for:NilNilRetired2018/19
26/03/19 toCurriculumSupply Teacher at Medina House School5 out of 6
Class Links for Puffin, Coral and Stingray2 out of 2
Heather JonesStaff19/09/19 to 19/09/23N/ALead Governor for:NilNilTeacher2019/20
Behaviour and Attitude2 out of 2
Staff Voice
Class Link for Seahorse
Felicity MorganAssociate20/09/2018Executive CommitteeLead Governor for:NilNilRetired2018/19
28/02/2019Headteacher’s Performance ManagementStandards and Achievement including Data5 out of 6
Co-opted28/02/19 toPay CommitteeLAC Pupils2019/20
Pupil Premium – Impact2 out of 2
Class Links for Dolphin and Shark
Paul NewCo-opted15/11/19 to 14/11/23Executive CommitteeVice Chair of GovernorsNilNilSouthern Housing Group2018/19
Parent Governor from:Headteacher’s Performance ManagementLead Governor for:5 out of 6
04/02/16 to 15/11/19Pay CommitteeFinance2019/20
Pupil Premium – Financial Control2 out of 2
Equipment Asset Management
Health and Safety
Seal Class Link
Tina OrledgeParent22/11/19 to 21/11/23N/AWider Community (in partnership with A Trotter)NilNilN/A2019/20
Seashell Class Link
Julie StewartHeadteacher29/03/2013Executive CommitteeNilNilHeadteacher2018/19
6 out of 6
2 out of 2
Andrew TrotterParent01/01/20 to 31/12/23N/ASupport Governor for:NilNilHare and Hounds2019/20
Site and Buildings
Health and Safety
Wider Community (in partnership with T Orledge)
Penguin Class Link
Julia CooilAssociate28/02/19 toN/AN/ANilNil
Claire HolleyCo-opted16/11/17 toN/AN/ANilNil
Ian HutchcraftParent17/03/17 toN/AN/ANilNil
Juliette SwinfieldStaff05/10/18 toN/AN/ANilNil

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