Our Governors

  • Rachel West

    Head Teacher

  • Denise Kong

    Chair of Governors

    I am Chair of Governors at Laughton Community Primary School and at King's Academy Ringmer, and Chair at the East Sussex Association of Governors. I work at the Cavendish School as a Database Manager and am a staff governor there. My original qualifications are in Maths and Computer Science, but since then I also qualified as a Youth Worker and Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Leader for East Sussex County Council. These diverse roles have helped give me a useful background for working in a school and volunteering in school governance.

  • Liz Fradd Gilbert


    I am currently a full time mum but my background is in Law. I have been a governor for about 5 years. I have one child at Laughton CP School and my eldest has just started secondary school after 7 happy years at Laughton.

    I feel passionate about helping the school to continue to develop and improve. I particularly enjoy working with the school to fulfil its vision of "Inspiring Learning for Life", ensuring every pupil has the opportunity to have the best start to their educational journey.

  • Phillip Cornish

    Parent Governor

    I am a teacher at a local secondary school with experience and qualifications in school leadership. My background is in engineering design and I very much enjoy working in education.

    My own children have been fortunate to have had excellent teaching and learning at our school, and in governing I hope to support this work so that all children, including those who may be disadvantaged, might have equally rich educational experiences.

  • Andrew Sidebottom

    Parent Governor

  • Peter Teager

    Co-Opted Governor

    I am a retired solicitor, married to a retired teacher, and have lived in Ripe for 30 years. I have been a Governor for 3 years, and have a particular interest in music and the arts at the school.

  • Rachel Walton

    Co-Opted Governor

    I have been a co-opted governor since June 2015. I have two children at the school and an older child at UCTC. My background is in marketing and communications and my role as a governor currently includes monitoring English, classroom environments and attendance, and forming part of the new Federation working party.

  • Priscilla Paddock

    Clerk to Governors

    I joined Laughton Primary School 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.