Portesbery School

Portesbery School - a happy school where every one matters

Governors at Portesbery School

Total number of posts: 12

Co-opted governors - 5    Parent governors - 4

LA governors - 1    Staff governors - 2

There is a vacancy for one Parent Governor.

 



Chris Hamilton

Chris Hamilton
Chair of Governors
Co-opted Governor

I took early retirement from a senior management role in local government to combine part-time work with volunteering and met a group of Portesbery pupils at their weekly Riding for the Disabled sessions in Chobham. I was so impressed by the enthusiasm of the staff and the determination of the children that I joined the school’s Governing Body as a Community Governor.

I have 30 years experience of building development, finance, IT, project management, PR and staffing and worked for 10 years in a local education authority. I draw on all of this as a Governor, particularly in helping the school to stretch its budget and lobby for more funding.  

The children that I first met in a muddy field in Chobham are now all grown up and starting to leave the school as happy, confident teenagers just as the new school begins its own transition. It is a real honour to be chairing the Governing Body at this exciting time.

I maintain close contact with Matthew and, like other Governors, make regular visits to the school so that we have a real understanding of its work, achievements and challenges. We work together to deliver the very best experience and outcome possible for each and every pupil.

If you have a concern that cannot be resolved by the school, or you are interested in joining the Governing Body, please write to me at the school or email me at chairofgovernors@portesbery.surrey.sch.uk 


 

Ruth Buchan

Ruth Buchan
LA Governor

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.

I am very interested in the curriculum needs of pupils with Autism Spectrum Disorder and enjoy linking this with the efforts made at Portesbery to meet the individual special needs of students attending the school.

I chair the Children & Learning Committee and feel governors gain a great deal from understanding the reasons behind good classroom practice.

I am a governor at another Surrey special school as well and maintain strong links with the school where I was head teacher.


  

Susan Carpenter

      Susan Carpenter

     Co-opted Governor 

My experience from over 40 years in education (some 26 in senior management) within Surrey provides me with the background to understand and support the work of the school and to raise questions and challenge when needed.

I sit on the Resources and the Children & Learning Committees and also carry the remit of monitoring Child Protection and Safeguarding within the school.

Having been Chair of the Governing Body for several years I look forward to continuing to work with Matthew and the staff to ensure a bright future for all the pupils.  


 

Patrick Dawson

Patrick Dawson
Parent Governor

I have been a parent governor at Portesbery since 2006 with my son Callum starting at the school in 2004. Callum has a twin sister who attends Hammond School in Lightwater where we live.

Having achieved a Masters degree in Leisure Management, I have predominantly worked in the golf industry. I was the General Manager at Pine Ridge Golf Centre for three years but am now the manager at Burnham Beeches Golf Club.  In addition to being a dad, I like most sports, film and music.  


 

Maggie Dean

Maggie Dean
Co-opted Governor

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 outpatient unit in a hospital, and I worked as a liaison worker with Social Services.

I am now a volunteer ambassador visiting charities and organisations in Surrey promoting volunteering.

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 and supporting the school in its future endeavours. 


 

Steve Dowley

Steve Dowley
Parent Governor

My son and stepson both attended Portesbery and I have nothing but praise and admiration for the staff and the support that was given to both my boys. I know that the school was so instrumental in helping them develop the skills and independence that they both possess now and their time at Portesbery is remembered very fondly by all the family. I welcomed the opportunity of giving something back to the school through my role as a Parent Governor.

I started my career in the Royal Army Medical Corps and then went into the NHS. I am a Director of an Emergency Medical Response & Healthcare training company, delivering training within both the NHS and private sector. I am a Community Engagement Representative for the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Trust and give talks and attend fundraising events across the 3 counties. I am currently learning British Sign Language so I can teach First Aid to deaf children and their families – and I am a drummer in the Royal British Legion Pipes & Drums and often play at the Tower of London, Royal Albert Hall and military tattoos! 


 

Tracey Haigh

Tracey Haigh
Staff Governor

I have been a teacher at Portesbery since September 2011. I love working here; every day is different and there’s never a dull moment. I have taught both in Primary and Secondary and am Maths Subject Leader for the school.

I am particularly keen to involve our pupils with the community and over the last three years I’ve also organised the school’s participation in the joint camp between Woking Scouts and local special schools; taking some of our pupils away for the weekend to participate in Scouting activities and giving them the chance to mix with other teenagers. This year we also had our first camp with Blackwater Valley Scouts. Both camps are excellent opportunities for our pupils try activities they’ve never done whilst having a fun time away from home and I’m keen to continue and develop this. I’ve also had the opportunity to take part in two residential stays with the FE (Post 16) department, both were fantastic experiences.

Out of school I am mum to two teenage children, am an archery instructor for scouting (having also been a cub scout leader for 6 years), have recently become a Guide Leader and enjoy glass lampworking, craft activities, DIY, camping and walking.

I became a governor to enable me to be involved in ensuring that the school continues to strive 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.


  

Matthew Sartin

Matthew Sartin
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 Children & Learning Committee meets 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 Resources Committee regarding issues relating to finance, staffing, health & safety and premises.

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.


  

Jonathan Spink

Jonathan Spink
Vice Chair of Governors
Parent Governor

I have been a parent governor for seven years. My son George has been at Portesbery since he was six and is now in F.E. 

I retired from the Metropolitan Police as a Detective Inspector five years ago where I undertook a number of roles, here and abroad, including child abuse investigations.

I assist with Riding for the Disabled on the days that Portesbery pupils attend so have the privilege of engaging with a number of pupils and staff outside the school environment on a weekly basis.

I now chair the Resources Committee and sit on the head teachers review panel and head teacher’s pay committee. I also have a remit for looked after children at the school. 


  

Chris THomas

Chris Thomas
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. 


 

Jane Vaughan

Jane Vaughan
Co-opted Governor

I was Director of Education at the National Autistic Society 2009-2014. I joined the NAS with a background of 26 years in education including senior positions across a range of settings and age groups, in both mainstream and special schools and also worked as a school improvement consultant for 5 years.

In 2011, I led the successful NAS bid to open the first Charity-sponsored free school in England for pupils on the autism spectrum and gave evidence to the Government Education Select Committee on behaviour and discipline in schools. I worked with Surrey to develop the four Cullum Centres based at mainstream secondary schools and have worked extensively with parents and people with additional needs to establish peer support groups and set up new provision.  

I retired from the NAS in September 2014 but continue to work as an Education Consultant. I sit on the expert advisory council for the Autism Education Trust (AET) and am an advisory panel member for the National Association of Special Educational Needs. I am a Certified Company Director and strongly believe in the value of good governance.


 

There is a vacancy for one Parent Governor.