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Governing Body - King's Academy Ringmer

Governors play a vital role in ensuring the best possible education for every student by creating a robust accountability for our academy leaders, ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction, hold the Principal to account for the educational performance of the academy and its students, the performance management of staff and oversee the financial performance of the academy and making sure its money is well spent.

Contact information: Chair of Governors - Denise Kong - 

Clerk to Governors - Priscilla Paddock -

King's Academy Ringmer is a part of King's Group whose Trustees hold the ultimate responsibility for the governance of each school.

The Department for Education’s governance handbook identifies the essentials of effective governance as follows:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

King's Trustees delegate certain key roles and responsibilities to the school’s Local Governing Body (LGB) and these are set out clearly in the Scheme of delegation, which can be seen on the King's Group website.

Miss Denise Kong - Chair of Governors 

After graduating from Oxford University with a degree in Maths and Computer Science, I came to Sussex to start a family. I worked part time in IT events and journalism, until I was unfortunately widowed. In order to be able to spend more time with my children, I took a job in Admin at Ringmer Youth Centre. Since then I have worked as a youth worker, as a Duke of Edinburgh's Award Leader at Ringmer, and then in Attendance/Behaviour/SEND at The Cavendish School in Eastbourne, before I returned to my original interests in numbers/computing when I became the Data Manager/Timetabler at Cavendish. In 2010 I became a school governor at Laughton Community Primary School, and in 2011 I became the Chair. My various roles in schools have helped me form a holistic view of a school as a governor.

In 2014 I was elected to the East Sussex Governor Representatives' Group and now chair this group, which represents governor interests across East Sussex. In this role, I work with Headteacher representatives from schools across the area as part of the local area Partnership's (EIP's) steering group.

I enjoy meeting lots of different people in my role as a school governor and find it particularly rewarding when people start to work together and exchange ideas about how to make education work really well for our young people.

My email address is or you can contact through the clerk to governors.

Mr Danny Mizon - Vice Chair of Governors 




 Claire Chapman- King's Governor 


'I moved to Ringmer, with my family, in 2012. I enjoy printmaking, drumming and chicken keeping in my spare time. 

When my son started at Ringmer Primary, I was invited to join the governing body and I agreed with some trepidation. Through this initial governor post I gained experience of working with the head and inclusion manager to monitor leadership and special needs in a school. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at the primary school. I have learnt a lot and look forward to being able to bring some of that experience to the King's Academy governing body now.

The other aspect of my life that I will draw on as a governor, is my experience working as an educational psychologist. I have been working in this field now for over 20 years, mostly in Brighton but also in Norfolk. I have had a particular focus supporting students who have social emotional and mental health needs both within a psychology service and a youth offending team. Also recently I have been involved in helping to develop the mental health and wellbeing services within a Brighton secondary school. These experiences lead me to the conclusion that schools work best when they pay attention to the wellbeing of their students as well as their attainments.

I consider it a great privilage to be able to contribute in some small way to supporting all children and young people's access to a quality education.'


Mr Martin Whitlock - Governor 

I moved to Ringmer from Lewes in 1989 with my wife and two children. My family have always had close connections with the college, as my wife Ruth worked as the Learning Resource Manager at the college for 27 years and both my children successfully passed through the college and on to university. I now have a grandson who is a student here.

On retiring from Sussex Police in 2002 having completed 33 years of service, I stayed on working for them, gaining adult education qualifications and teaching IT and first aid, finally retiring in 2015.

I am currently Chairman of Ringmer Parish Council, and a trustee of Ringmer Village Hall. Ringmer has a fantastic community spirit and the college plays a large part in the community.

My hobbies include photography, walking, cycling and bowls.


Mr David Kennaird - Governor 

My name is Dave and I have a son attending the academy at Ringmer. After leaving school I worked for engineering companies in the electro- mechanical Industries. I am a qualified electrician, and continue to train electricians who attend courses at a local college. In my mid twenties I returned to study graduating with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. I subsequently completed a Ph.D in mathematical modelling, and later a PGCE. I have been involved in running a number of companies, my own and others, all in the engineering sector. I work part time at a local University in research and teaching, and part time running my own business. My specialist areas are thermodynamics and renewable energy. I hope that my experience in industry will bring benefit to the academy but ultimately the students who will be entering a world of newly evolving  opportunities. 

Jeff Taylor - Staff Governor  

Jeff Taylor - Leader of Mathematics at King's Academy Ringmer





Chris Quinnell - Staff Governor  

Lead practitioner for Maths at King's Academy Ringmer

Having trained in Swansea ten years ago, I returned to Sussex in 2010 to continue my teaching career at a large comprehensive in West Sussex.  I have largely taught from year 7 up to year 13 in maths, further maths and economics, helping students with everything from Key Stage 2 to 3 transition up to preparing candidates for Oxbridge interviews.

I joined King's Academy Ringmer in January of 2018 and am really pleased with my decision to move here.  The maths department were very proud of last years cohort who helped us achieve some of the best results in East Sussex for GCSE Maths.

It is an exciting opportunity to be part of the Governing Body and to provide our experienced team with a valuable insight into what goes on within the maths department and as a teaching staff across the school.


Emma Petrykow - Parent Governor

I decided to become a parent governor as I have a long association with the Academy as both my brother and I attended the school and my mother was a long standing member of staff for over 25 years until her retirement. I enjoyed my time at the school and successfully passed my GCSE’s which allowed me to continue my education and I went on to study Architecture at University in Canterbury, I am now a RIBA Chartered Architect specialising in residential projects with particular interests in social housing and conservation. 

I now have a daughter in year 9 and my son has just successfully completed his GCSE’s at the school, and when time allows I enjoy volunteering within the Special Educational Needs department.

Mrs Sue Lockyer - Staff Governor 

I began my working career in 1980 as a Police Officer and this culminated in me being part of the Child Protection Team based in Brighton. I am married and I left the Police in 1990 in order to have my children, both of whom attended the academy. 

In March 2003 I began work at the College as a Teaching Assistant for Behaviour Management. I later helped set up the Inclusion Department and became the Inclusion Manager. In 2006 when the school changed to the House System I became a House Leader, the role I still currently hold. I am also the Deputy Lead Designated Safeguarding Officer in the College. I am passionate about supporting all the students with their pastoral care to ensure that they feel safe and happy as I firmly believe that only then can they progress fully with their studies in order to achieve their maximum potential. I am also completed dedicated to working with and supporting my colleagues as I believe it is essential to work as a team at all times with the best interests of the students always in mind and as such, I am very much looking forward to my new position as Staff Governor. 

In my spare time I enjoy reading, listening to music, cinema, musical theatre and walking.

Mrs Priscilla Paddock - Clerk to Governors 

I joined King's Academy Ringmer as their Clerk to Governors in September 2017. I am an Early Years Professional and have previously worked in management roles in a school and for ESCC.

I am passionate about ensuring the best outcomes for children and believe that the governing body is pivotal in providing the school with support and challenge to achieve this.


Mrs Sian Williams - Principal Governor 

I have lived and worked in Sussex for most of my life. I grew up on the Ashdown Forest and know what it means to be a child living and learning in this inspiring county. I have twenty years of educational experience, teaching and leading high achieving schools with academic rigour as well as inner city schools, with their own educational issues.

I was a founding leader of Chichester Free School, when it opened in 2013, as Director of Teaching and Learning. During this time, I was the project educational consultant for the permanent site build and played a pivotal role in the ongoing recruitment and admissions drive, as the school rapidly expanded. I went on to become Head of
Secondary and Deputy Principal. I also took on the role of pastoral care across the
secondary phase and along with my other responsibilities, continued to teach English
and Drama.

I am an enormous advocate of the performing arts and all sport and will be volunteering to go on the school ski trip.

Mrs Di Smith - Link Trustee 

Di is a former secondary headteacher and Government Advisor for workforce reform in schools and is now a Leadership Coach for Children's Services in the South East.