Governors at Portesbery School
Total number of posts: 14
Co-opted governors - 3 Parent governors - 5
LA governors - 3 Staff governors - 3
There are vacancies for two Parent Governors,
and one Co-opted Governor.
Chair of Governors
As Chair of Governor's my role is to work closely with the Head being a listener and possibly advisor. My experience from over 40 years in education (some 26 in senior management) within Surrey provides me with the background that can help with this.
I sit on the Finance and Staffing Committee and the Curriculum Committee. I also carry the remit of monitoring Child Protection and Safeguarding within the school. In the next few years the development of the new build will be a major aspect of the role.
As Chair I am invited each term to attend a briefing session in county where officers bring Governing Bodies up to date with all aspects of development across the county. This helps to put Portesbery School's situation into perspective especially regarding funding and buildings.
I try to meet with Matthew every other week so that I am briefed about progress, major issues and general interest issues. At these meetings he is able to talk through strategic issues in order that he can develop his own thinking for the future of the school.
At times of difficulty especially with the local authority my role is to follow up problems and to ask questions.
It is important to remember that governors can and will support everyone in the school, but that we do not always have an answer. Also we should only be approached once the normal channels of communication are followed as usually matters can be resolved or answered from within the school.
You can contact me directly by either leaving a note in an envelope for the governors at the school or email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice Chair of Governors
Chris Hamilton has a background in arts, libraries and science and personal interests in natural history, technology and walking. He took early retirement from running lifelong learning and library services for local government to combine consultancy work with voluntary roles. He is currently working with SAVI (Surrey Association for the Visually Impaired) and The Watts Gallery and has just joined the Governing Body of Cherrywood Primary School in Farnborough.
Chris became aware of Portesbery School while working with Riding for the Disabled and through family connections and has been a Community Governor since November 2009. He is a member of the Finance and Appeals Committees, a hands-on helper at school events, assists with recruitment panels and maintains an overview of the secondary department’s part of the School Strategic Plan.
Staff Governor (Headteacher)
As Head Teacher of the School I have a role within the Governing Body in the capacity of Staff Governor. I am passionate about my role within the school and am proud of the achievements of the school’s ‘outstanding’ Governing Body under the leadership of Susan.
I report termly to the Whole Governing Body about strategic developments within the School Evaluation Summary and Development Plan, as well as keeping them apprised of other developments concerning the school on a local and national level.
The Curriculum Committee meet half termly. At the formal Committee meeting, I update the Governors on Curriculum developments which have been identified by the Assistant Head Teachers and members of the Senior Management Team. The second meeting of the term is an informal session, focussing on various aspects of school development, allowing the committee to fulfil their role as a critical friend to the school and evaluating aspects of the school.
I also report termly to the Finance & Staffing and Health, Safety & Premises Committees regarding issues relating to their individual remits.
The school benefits from having such an active Governing Body and I am grateful for the role that each individual Governor plays as part of this successful team.
I am a fairly new teacher at Portesbery having been here since September 2011. I qualified as a teacher in June 2011 and last year was my NQT year. Before this I worked as a teaching assistant supporting children with special needs in a mainstream school and was chairman of the governors of a local playgroup. Working at Portesbery is my dream job and as a governor here I want to be involved in ensuring it strives to be the very best it can be for all of its pupils. I believe we do a great job but should always aim for even better.
In my spare time I am mum to two teenage children, am an archery instructor for scouting (having also been a cub scout leader for 6 years), and enjoy glass lampworking, craft activities, DIY, camping and walking.
My time around children with special needs began when my little sister, Claire, was born with Sotos Syndrome, and later diagnosed as autistic as well. She was a student at Portesbery and so I grew up around the school and its students from an early age.
After graduating with a degree in Economics and following a short spell with a recruitment consultancy, I decided a life change was in order. So I joined Portesbery as a member of supply staff as a special needs support assistant in April 2009. I started at first providing cover amongst all the different classes before settling into the FE unit for the summer term of 2009. I enjoyed my new job so much, and truly felt that a career with children like my sister would be a rewarding path for me, that I joined as a permanent member of the support staff for the 2009/10 academic year, remaining in the FE unit for a year, before moving to our secondary department where I still work today.
I have also worked for Disability Challengers for nearly three years in Guildford, where I’m a senior youth worker and deputy scheme leader, which has helped broaden my experience and responsibilities within special needs.
During my few years at Portesbery I’ve carved a little niche for myself in producing and performing sensory stories around the school, and I also began supporting some Portesbery families outside of school as part of our SELAH scheme, providing parents with direct, in-home support with behaviour management and supportive strategies such as communication through PECs.
I was elected as staff governor in March 2012 and I look forward to supporting and representing the staff of Portesbery within my new role, and getting more involved with the running of the school both within the governing body and the curriculum committee.
I have been a governor at Portesbery School since 2008. I was head teacher of a Surrey Special School for ASD pupils for nearly 20 years until I retired in 2006.
Before that I worked in an MLD school, was a teacher in a child guidance unit and taught in a London tutorial class.
Currently, I still do talks for various schools on aspects of teaching ASD pupils and am running my second set of EarlyBird courses – for parents of pre-school children recently diagnosed with autism.
I am a governor at another Surrey special school as well and maintain strong links with the school where I was head teacher.
I am an LEA Governor. I have a special needs daughter who has gone through the Special Needs Education system here in Surrey. I am a dual UK/USA national, who has lived in and around Camberley for 22 years. My full profile can be viewed on LinkedIn at: http://uk.linkedin.com/in/davidallen181054.
My wife and I have a shop on the Frimley High Street called “Essential Address”. I have a 30+ year background in the IT business and Corporate Finance. I sit on two committees at Portesbery: Corporate Finance and Curriculum.
I am a Surrey Heath Borough Councillor representing Frimley Green. At SHBC I am on several committees: Planning, Policy and Audit Scrutiny, Joint Consultative, and Staffing. I am also on the boards of Relate West Surrey and the Blackwater Valley Transportation District.
I also work full time for an American Software company based in New York called Scanbuy (www.scanbuy.com) . We are the largest firm in the world supplying QR Code (Quick Response Code) technology. We are the prime contractors to the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (LOCOG) for all QR Code technologies.
I was a Senior Specialist School Nurse at Portesbery until my retirement in December 2012. I had worked as a School Nurse in three different Special Schools in Surrey over the past 18 years prior to joining Portesbery. I was the manager of a Paediatric Out Patient unit in a hospital, and I worked as a liaison worker with Social Services. In my spare time I have Play Schemes for Children with Disabilities. I perform and direct Amateur Dramatics. I look forward to being part of the governing body of Portesbery school and supporting the school in its future endeavours.
Patrick has been a parent governor at Portesbery since 2006 with his son Callum starting at the school in 2004. Callum has a twin sister who attends HammondSchool in Lightwater where the family live.
Having achieved a Masters degree in Leisure Management, Patrick has predominantly worked in the golf industry. He was the General Manager at Pine Ridge Golf Centre for three years but is now the manager at Burnham Beeches Golf Club. In addition to being a dad, Patrick likes most sports, film and music.
Steve's profile will be added soon.
Jonathan's profile will be added soon.
Clerk to the Governors
I am the Clerk to the Governing Body at Portesbery School. My role is to take notes at Governing Body meetings, and to produce the formal minutes that can be read elsewhere on the website; to draw up agendas for the meetings with the Chairman and the Headteacher, ensuring that topics that they are required by law to discuss are included; and to perform the administrative work of the Governing Body.
As Clerk, I take no part in the discussions of the Governing Body. Unlike governors, I am paid for my work.
There are vacancies for two Parent Governors, and one Co-opted Governor.