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.

Ben Read - Chair of Governors

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.

Sue Emery – Co-opted Governor

Having just completed a term of office as a Co-Opted governor at a rural village school, I am excited to be able to join the governing body at this important stage in Yapton School’s development. I firmly believe that every child deserves the best primary experience possible!

I retired from teaching six years ago but my passion for education has remained with me. I now work as an exam invigilator at the local academy and Chichester College.

Two of my grandchildren attend Yapton and so my long association with the school continues as does my love of tap and musical theatre dance.

Penny Davey - Local Authority Governor

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.

Having retired from teaching locally, in both secondary and primary schools, I became a governor here at Yapton.  Currently I serve on the Finance, Premises and Personnel Committee, Pay Committee and the Curriculum and Pupil Care Committee.

West Sussex has been my home for over forty years.  I am very lucky to be able to see my daughters, and their families frequently as they both still live locally.

Making the most of our lovely countryside, either on horseback or walking and visits to the theatre and our local museums and attractions are amongst the things I enjoy doing.

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 in one of our Year 5-6 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.

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.

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.

Kelly Taylor – Parent Governor

I became a parent governor in Oct 2022. I have 2 children currently at the school with another joining next year. I have a special interest in the SEN side of schooling, having qualifications in Autism, Children’s mental health and Sensory processing. I’m excited to be a part of the school and watch it grow from strength to strength. 

Rev Richard Hayes – Foundation Governor

I have been Rector of the benefice of Clymping, Yapton and Ford since 2002 and I have been involved in primary schools for 30 years, both as a governor and in leading worship – something I do at Yapton School on a weekly basis.