Governors

  • Mr Clive Burgess MBE

    Chair of Governors

    cburgess@portesham.dorset.sch.uk

    I joined the Governing Board as a co-opted member in 2017. I have spent over 30 years working with young people; as a teacher, youth expedition leader, and trustee of three charities. I am passionate about providing the best possible opportunities for our young people; they are, after all, the future. It is a privilege to work alongside staff and governors who share the same vision for the children of Portesham, a school that has high moral, ethical and academic standards.

  • Mrs Vicky Prior

    Headteacher

    office@portesham.dorset.sch.uk

    I have worked at Portesham Primary School since September 2000 when I came to Portesham to do a short secondment in Key Stage 2. I liked it so much I then applied to stay. I have carried out my current role as Headteacher since 2003.

    I am passionate about our school, not only in my Headteacher role, but also as a School Governor. I want each and every child to reach their full potential, feel confident and be happy in their school environment.

  • Mr Martin Pearson

    Vice-Chairman

    mpearson@portesham.dorset.sch.uk

    I have spent over 30 years working in health and social care, as Director of an NHS Trust, and leading a charity for people with sight loss, so I have plenty of experience of working as part of a team, committed to providing excellent public services. I believe that we should all have access to high quality local services, and it is so important that great education is available at Portesham School to enable children and young people to thrive. I have three children, and two pre-school grandchildren. I moved to Langton Herring in 2016 and am a committed Christian which is why I have joined the Governing Body as a Foundation Governor.

  • Mrs Alison Demir

    Foundation Governor

    ademir@portesham.dorset.sch.uk

    I joined the Governing Body of Portesham CE VA Primary School in November 2011 when they asked if anyone would be willing to take on the role of Foundation Governor. As there are less younger members of church congregations nowadays, I felt it my duty to put my name forward. My son, Harry, had just started in Reception that September and I had just started working at Kingston Maurward College. Although my son has now moved on to Secondary school, I still remain committed to the well being and achievement of all of the children who attend Portesham through outstanding teaching and learning through a full and balanced curriculum.

  • Mr Phil Say

    Governor

    psay@portesham.dorset.sch.uk

    I started as a Governor in November 2017 to help with the financial management of the school using expertise gained from running businesses for the last 30 years. I am a Director of The Weymouth Pavilion and so can offer support to the school with annual pantomime trips and also arranging the school Sports Day on the beach in Weymouth. My son Alex has been at Portesham since 2014 when he started in Busy Bees. The welfare and outstanding education of the children is paramount through my work as a governor.

  • Mr Dan Hallett

    Parent Governor

    c/o clerk@portesham.dorset.sch.uk

    I became a Parent Governor after a school ballot in which I was voted in. Learning the role and knowing the school, I believe that small schools provide the best for our children to grow up in. As a parent to two children in the school, my role is to ensure that feedback and positive challenge is given to ensure a link between the school and the parents is kept.

    I have a background in child development and currently work as a role within the NHS. I support the school because I love the environment and the community and want to support the development of of young people into learning, growing and becoming independent.

  • Rev Margaret Preuss-Higham

    Governor

    mpreuss@portesham.dorset.sch.uk

    I have recently become the ex-officio governor of the school. I have had the pleasure of leading worship/assemblies weekly and the “All things bright and beautiful” church after school club over the past four years. The school is a special place and it is delightful to see the children grow both academically and personally during their time here. As a priest and a governor of a church school, it is important to me that Christian values underpin all that takes place in the school and with my fellow governors and teachers I share the passion that outstanding education is available to all. As a governor, I am committed to the statement “Putting children first”.


  • Mrs Ellie Sandrey

    Parent Governor

    c/o clerk@portesham.dorset.sch.uk

    I have recently joined the governors team as a parent governor as I hope it is an opportunity to support the school and the great work of the staff to ensure the children receive the best possible learning experience.

    My son is in year 2 and thriving in the small school environment. I believe children at small schools have more opportunities for social and emotional growth and support, through their strong relationships with peers and staff. As a result, I feel the staff are better equipped to foster the individual skills and needs of their pupils and deliver appropriate challenges and learning experiences.

    I have completed a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in education and currently work locally in the secondary sector teaching PE and psychology.