Mr Clive Burgess MBE
Chair of Governorscburgess@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
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
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.
Mr Phil Say
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.
Rev Margaret Preuss-Higham
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”.
I was delighted to join the Governing Body this year, and I am committed to supporting Portesham Primary School in achieving, and exceeding, the needs of its pupils, and the wider school community.
My youngest son is currently a member of the Reception Class, his older brother also attended Portesham and has benefited from a fun and enriching learning journey through the school.
I have worked in the education sector for almost twenty years as a Finance & HR Manager in a state primary school, then as a Business Manager as part of an Academy Trust and now as the Head of Operations at a local independent boarding school.
I hope that my previous school experiences in the fields of HR, Finance and Health & Safety will be useful to Portesham Primary, in achieving the school promise of always ‘putting children first’.