Meet the Governors

Kim Huggett – Headteacher

After completing my teacher training degree in Liverpool I moved back home to West Sussex. 

I have been teaching and leading in a variety of schools in Bognor Regis, Chichester , Littlehampton and Worthing before moving to Yapton C. of E. Primary School in January 2019.

At home I am kept busy with a husband, two sons and 3 dogs! We like to be outside and enjoying the fresh air. Most weekends involve dog walking and spectating on a variety of sporting touch lines as a mum of one very sporty son! Two of our dogs are working dogs so they require extra training ready for the winter season when my husband and son take them out to work. I have my own rescue dog who I nursed back to health when she came to live with us at 6 weeks old. Her name is Amber and I keep a photo of her in my office at school. 

Penny Davey - Chair of the Governing Body

I’m a retired teacher, having taught locally in both Secondary and Primary Schools.

I have lived in West Sussex for over forty years, and am fortunate that although my daughters now have their own families, they both still live locally.

I have been a governor at Yapton for nine years and am currently the Chair of Governors. I also serve on the Finance, Premises and Personnel and the Curriculum and Pupil Care Committees.

It is a pleasure and a privilege to be able to support the school in providing the very best for the children in a safe, learning environment.

In my spare time I enjoy making the most of our lovely countryside, either on horseback or walking. I also like to go to the theatre, watch motor sports at Goodwood and visit our local museums. When not out and about I like to read and make Lego models with my grandchildren.

Cass Tait – Co-Vice Chair, Chair of CPC and Parent Governor 

I’m Cass and I’m a parent governor for our school. I currently have 2 children at the school, in years 2 and 6. I enjoy being involved with the school and particularly have an interest in disadvantaged pupil provision, writing and pupil and teacher wellbeing. 

My professional background is in Child Protection and family law and I have enjoyed being able to bring these skills to my governing role. At the moment, I am the chair of the Curriculum and Pupil Care Committee, and I am joint Vice-Chair of the Board of Governors.

Ben Read - Co Vice-Chair of Governors / Chair of FPP Committee

I am a Co-opted Governor here at Yapton and have been a Governor since 2013. I have had and have varied roles within education and business which assists with the governance of the school.

It is important that the school has a holistic approach for its children and it is inclusive to all.   It is always a delight to see the children develop through the school, achieving their potential and being prepared for their transition to secondary Education. 

My son is currently at the school and my other two children have also been pupils.

Micol Signorelli-David – Parent Governor

I have been a parent governor since 2018 and my areas of special monitoring are SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability), Early Years and Phonics.
My three children have been attending Yapton CofE Primary, following our move from London in 2017. I decided to become a parent governor to have a different insight into school life and support all the wonderful children and staff at our local village school, alongside making a positive contribution to such a brilliant school and promote its vital role within our community.
After enjoying working in fundraising, marketing and event management for years, I am now self-employed. When I am not looking after our tortoise, two cats, seven guinea pigs and fish, I love travelling, spending time at the beach, going out with friends, reading, running and kayaking!

Sarah Bayliss - Staff Governor

Born in Worthing, I grew up in Tarring and attended Thomas A Becket School and Davison High School. After completing A levels at Chichester College, I trained to be a teacher at the University College of Ripon and York St John, qualifying in 1997.  Having lived and taught in Leeds, Cambridgeshire and Paderborn in Germany, I returned to West Sussex in the summer of 2012 with my son. I started working at Yapton C. of E. Primary School in November 2012 as a KS1 class teacher, and now work as Key Stage 2 Leader currently teaching in one of our Year 3-4 classes.

When I am not at work, I am often found walking in the beautiful countryside where I live, relaxing in my garden and reading a good book!

I am passionate about teaching and learning and was pleased to be offered the chance, in 2015, to become Staff Governor at Yapton C. of E. Primary School.  I am thoroughly enjoying the opportunity to contribute to the development of our school and work alongside other governors on the Curriculum and Pupil Care Committee.   

Amanda Worne – Co-opted governor

I became a District Councillor for Yapton, Ford and Clymping in May 2019 as I have a great passion for the wellbeing of my community both young and old.

For this reason I decided to become a Governor so I could actively engage with the children in the village and be involved in their education, also hopefully being able to bring the school and local community together.

Our children will be the next generation and what they experience now will affect them in later life. The input and education they receive from the school, where they spend such a major part of their day ,is crucial to their future wellbeing and consequently the wellbeing of our community as a whole and I hope I can support the school in making this journey for them a positive one.

Rob Newey – Foundation Governor

As a foundation governor, my links with the school come via my role at St. Mary’s church, Yapton, as leader of the church music team.

My work for over 40 years as a singer/songwriter, church music consultant and outreach worker has included a great deal of work into UK schools, in more latter years working regularly in Somerset on behalf of a local church with schools in the Cheddar Valley.

Outside of music and church, my interests include photography and Formula 1!  I have also recently taken on the role of editing our church benefice magazine.

Clarissa Wheeler - Co-opted Governor

I am a new Co-opted governor at Yapton and am excited to get involved in supporting the school.

I grew up in Somerset and had a very traditional academic route through education. I studied Photography at university and went on to work for various training providers in quality and management roles, all of which will assist my role of governor.

I have been passionate about education for a long time and feel there’s a place for both academic and vocational learning. I work for a vocational awarding organisation.  We make a difference through providing high standard qualifications and re-investing our profits to help close the achievement gap.

I have two young daughters, one of whom will be starting school this year, and in my spare time (when there is any!) I enjoy sewing, knitting, gardening and spending time with my extended family.

Georgia Harmsworth - Co-Opted Governor

I am a Co-opted Governor at Yapton having moved from London to Barnham 4 years ago. Being an active member of the local community is really important to me and I have a passion for supporting the education of our young children. I have previously been a governor at a primary single academy trust and I am thoroughly looking forward to bringing my experience to Yapton.
 
Professionally I am a Management Consultant and hope that my transferable skills in strategic thinking, change management and communication will be of benefit in the continuing evolution of Yapton school.
 
Outside of work I love my garden, running in our beautiful countryside (a new hobby!) and spending time touring Europe with my husband on our motorbike.

Richard Hanks - Co-Opted Governor

Hello, I am an Assistant Principal at The Littlehampton Academy and I lead on the achievement and progress of Key Stage 4, whole academy attendance and co-curricular provision. I am Physical Education teacher with a passion for education and learning!

I have been at TLA for 17 years since I qualified in 2004, and have held various curriculum and pastoral positions. During my career at TLA, I have seen the academy fall in to special measures and recently rise from that to achieve ‘good’; in all areas, in our most recent inspection in March 2022. I have experienced a number of section 8 and 5 inspections, so I am well versed in the process! I am looking forward to supporting the leadership team, teachers, parents; and most importantly the students, in ensuring they get to go to a ‘good’ school – Every child deserves too!

I have two children that currently attend Yapton school. One in year 6, and one in year 2.  I am a keen sportsman and enjoy refereeing semi-professional men’s rugby on Saturdays. Any spare time at weekends is often spent bike riding, at the beach or enjoying various local activities with my children.