• Meridian
  • Primary School
  • Comberton, Cambridge
  • Learning for life, striving for excellence

The Meridian Primary Governors

Meridian Primary School Governing Body

The governing body has a statutory duty to support the headteacher and the staff as they go about their work. We are all volunteers and have chosen to become governors because we believe the children at Meridian Primary School deserve the best possible education. Our main duty is to hold the headteacher to account for the quality and standards of the job she does in all aspects of the running of the school. Our role is strategic.


The full governing body meets six times a year. Much of our discussion at those meetings is focused on the work of our two main committees. The Finance, Premises and Personnel Committee (FPP) that also meets six times a year and the Standards Committee (SC) that meets four times a term. We also have a Communications Working Party (CWP) with full governors and several ‘associate’ governors who have particular skills and experience in some of our main areas of development. Associate governors are unelected and also volunteers.


We work as a team to understand and influence the way the school operates and the standards that children achieve in all aspects of their lives in the school. Governors often visit the school whilst it is at work. We scrutinise the standards data produced by the school, monitor the quality of teaching through advisors and inspectors and listen to and talk with children, staff and parents. We scrutinise the budget on behalf of Central Government to ensure our funds give the community we serve good value for money. We welcome scrutiny of our own work by staff, parents and agencies such as the South Cambridgeshire Local Authority.


We are led by a Chair and Vice Chair and supported by a Clerk. Parent governors are elected by all the parents and other governors by the governors themselves. We always appreciate offers of help and invite you to get in touch if you would like more information or would like to become a governor.  Contact Peter Newton at:


We are very proud of the staff and the pupils and delighted to show you our latest Ofsted report which you will find on our website under 'Ofsted'.

Current Governors

Peter Newton

Local Authority

Chair of Governors/ SC(Chair)

Carole Etchie



Judith Brown



Anna Edwards



Jo Hamilton


Vice Chair/SC/CWP(Chair)

Maxine Senior


SC/Website Link

Stephen Mallinson



Rachel Mikelson



Yogendra Parmar



Debbie Jack





   Clerk to the Governors:  Nicola Harrington

Associate Governors:

Our Associate Governors have been working mainly through the Communications Working Party.  This group is lead by the Vice Chair of Governors and is helping us to further improve our communications.  More recently we are planning to set up a small group of Associate Governors to begin to explore the development of music and performance across the school.


Our Associate Governors: 

Dan Blackburn 

Laura Jeffrey 

Matt Bigam 

Lara Jones 

Erica Adcock 

David Ashman


Past Governors

The following have now stepped down as governors or reached the end of their term:

  • Roger Thorogood - Co-opted, appointed September 2009, resigned October 2017
  • Sabine Edwards - Parent Governor, appointed November 2013, resigned February 2017
  • Chris Westgarth - Local Authority Governor, appointed September 2013, resigned November 2016
  • Haydn Sofflet - Staff Governor, appointed September 2015, resigned June 2016
  • Angela Mortier - Parent Governor,appointed March 2015, resigned July 2016
  • Zoe McKeown - Co-opted Governor, resigned January 2016
  • Mary Barnard was Acting Head and ex-officio governor in February and March 2016 while Carole Etchie was on maternity leave.

None of these had any relevant business or pecuniary interests or other potential conflicts of interest.

No present Governors have any relevant business peculiar interests or other potential conflicts of interest.

Special Harvest Assembly this Thursday 18th October. Food Donations will go to Charity. Open Morning on 15th November for Prospective Parents for new intake 2019

MeridianPrimary School

  • Harbour Avenue
  • Comberton
  • Cambridge
  • CB23 7DD