On behalf of the Governors of Portal House: Welcome. 

Every school in the UK has a school governing body. This is a group of elected volunteers who are interested in supporting pupil development and achievement and supporting the school staff.

Governors have a legal duty to give oversight to the management of a school to ensure that high standards of learning, safety and wellbeing, both of pupils and staff, are kept and that improvement and excellence are always in focus. Governors undertake their responsibilities by requiring schools to be accountable for their practices and outcomes. They are both supportive to school leaders and provide thoughtful challenges around possible areas for improvement.

At Portal House School the Governing team is focussed on the pupils the school serves. All Portal House pupils deserve the best chances and preparation for their adult life through being offered a robust learning environment that fosters their capabilities to reflect, communicate and to learn.  Portal House pupils have their own special needs and we think of them as special young people who can all achieve if we all work together in their best interests. We each bring our professional and life skills to our Governance duties and are pleased to serve the school.

Specifically we:

  • Use a combination of reports, visits, data analysis and other activities and information to monitor the progress of the school.
  • Contribute to and review the school development plan and use this document as one of the key resources for setting priorities and monitoring school development.
  • Develop and review a range of written policies and procedures to address both statutory requirements and local priorities.

If you have any questions please do contact us at the school address.

The Governing Team

Please click Governor Membership – 2018 to download a copy of the Governors List

Governors Area


Governors Information and Duties

Governing Body Membership – Total 10


Full name Role Date of Appointed as a Governor Current term of office Type of Governor Business and financial interests Any material interests arising from relationships Governance roles in other ed. establishments Attendance at meetings 2017/2018
Mr. Philip Rankin Chair


Agenda setting

H.T. support

H.T. Performance Management

16/05/14 16/05/18 –




none none none 5/6 meetings
Mrs. Tricia Sherling Vice Chair



Impact of Gov. Body

Numeracy, pupil progress data

05/10/15 03/10/15 –


Local Authority


none none Trustee of Whinless Down 5/6 meetings
Mr. Terry Porter Safeguarding


H.T. Performance Management

10/03/11 06/03/17 –




none none Chair Sandwich Sch. 3/6 meetings
Mrs. Sally Waite Special Needs


Data and pupil progress

17/03/16 17/03/16 –




none none none 6/6 meetings
Mr. Simon Barnes Health & Safety

Income generation

01/02/18 01/02/18 –




none none none 3/4 meetings
Mr. Mike Reeves Finance

Pupil Premium

H.T. Performance Management

05/02/15 05/02/15 –


Co-opted Governor none none none 3/6 meetings
Mrs. Rosemary Bradley Leadership of School

Redevelopment of school site

n/a Headteacher none Yes, husband is a member of staff none 6/6 meetings
Mr. Daniel Rhodes Training

New build


23/11/12 02/01/16 –


Staff Governor none none none 3/6 meetings
Mrs. Teresa Whitehouse Staff and pupil welfare 12/10/17 12/10/17 –


Parent Governor none none none 5/5 meetings
Miss. Janice Shales Learning environment 12/10/17 12/10/17 –


Associate member none none none 4/5 meetings


Vacancy Parent Governor
Mr. Frank Richards


Clerk to the Governors n/a n/a n/a none none none n/a