Election of Parent Governors

Following the call for nominations for the two parent governor vacancies on the governing body, we received a total of two nominations from, Mrs Kaylie Kist and Mrs Helen Mucci.

As the number of nominations received was equal to the number of vacancies available, no voting is required.  I am therefore delighted to confirm that Mrs Kist and Mrs Mucci are elected unopposed. 

Mrs Kist and Mrs Mucci will serve a term of four years, from 1st February 2017.


Gwyn Williams

Community Governor

I have two children at Rye Community Primary School, one in Year 6 and one in Year 5, both hoping to make the transition to Rye College when they complete their primary education. I work at Rye Academy Trust as Exams and Data Officer for Rye College and Rye Studio School, which allows me to see how our schools function as both a parent, and an employee. I was a student at Thomas Peacocke School before going to university and then working in London before coming back to our lovely town of Rye to live.

Helen Mucci

I take great pride in Rye being my lifelong home town, I come from a family of local farmers and sailors. We chose Rye Primary as the best school for our children primarily for the outstanding efforts already in practice along with the inspiring identity it strives to create. I am someone who likes to achieve results, as recently demonstrated with the willow structure. I am a mum who lives on a budget, thus understanding those that have similar demands and concerns. I believe school should not only be for academic achievement but also a safe and supportive environment for all children to develop confidence and creativity in all aspects of their lives. My hopes in contributing to the governing body are to invest in the school’s future for the benefit of all its children, my own included. With the additional gain of helping nurture the excellence of Rye’s upcoming generation

Jane Howard

Headteacher, Rye Community Primary School

Jane studied Psychology BSc (Hons) at London University and following an initial career working with Homeless Families in Lewisham she found her love of teaching after volunteering at her two young boys’ Nursery. Jane completed her PGCE when her children had started school and began her teaching career in Tower Hamlets in 1991. Jane and her husband Michael then moved their family out of London in 1996 where her love for the Rye area began when teaching at Freda Gardham School. In 2008, Jane was delighted to be able to transfer to the new Rye Community Primary School with many of the children, taking up a post as Assistant Headteacher. She was proud to be appointed Headteacher in November 2014 and has been thrilled to lead the school through steady growth and change; leading the expansion to become a two-form entry school; heading the conversion of Pugwash Nursery to become part of the school, thus providing education for 2 to 11 year olds and becoming an Academy with Rye Academy Trust in March 2015. The opportunity to work with her excellent team in this beautifully designed purpose-built school has given her many fond memories which she is looking to build upon whilst improving the outcomes and aspirations for the children of Rye.

John Hart


John qualified as a chartered accountant (Scottish variety) in 1968. A spell in commerce (finance director of Gollancz the publishers) was followed by some years at the Housing Corporation where John became an expert on the finances of housing associations. This culminated in running his own successful practice - mainly housing association clients. Working with Mencap's housing association, led to the request for John to become finance director of Mencap when Brian Rix was Chairman. John has been a governor at Rye Community Primary School since 2012 and served as Chair of the Finance Committee. John started a weekly Chess Club at the school. Music, and the piano in particular, provide spiritual sustenance.

Kaylie Kist

Martin Dilworth

Community Governor

Having obtained an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering I joined the electricity generation industry in 1986 and have worked there ever since. I have lived in Rye for the last 18 years, moving here to work at Dungeness B Power Station. For the last 10 years I have been working as a project manager at the Dungeness A Decommissioning Site. I am married with a daughter in RCPS year 6. My daughter will be joining her friends at Rye College hence my interest in the development of education excellence in the Rye area. I have been a Governor at RCPS for over 4 years now and have recently moved from being a Parent Governor to a Community Governor. I am delighted with the progress being made at RCPS and look forward to the time when Ofsted award RCPS the accolade ‘Outstanding’.

Niki Stuart


Niki has worked in Education for 25 years. She was a primary school teacher and senior leader of schools in the London Borough of Southwark. She was instrumental in leading a school out of special measures and became its Headteacher. She has been the chair of governors at Rye Primary since it opened in 2008. She has lived permanently in Rye since 2007 and has maintained links with London schools through governance and consultancy. Niki has become increasingly involved in the community since her time in Rye. She is a co-founder and a director of “The Music Well CIC” which provides music therapy and musical activities for children and adults in the area. She is a Trustee of the Rye Arts Festival and has worked hard to strengthen the relationship between the Festival and Rye schools. She has become involved in the Rye Community Transport scheme and volunteers as a driver one day per week.


Declarations of Interest

Meeting Attendance 2015-2016


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