HPS Governing Body

Thank you for visiting the Governors’ section of our website.  This section is designed to briefly explain who the HPS Governing Body is and what it does.

Why have Governing Bodies?

Governors help schools provide the best possible education for their pupils by:

  • thinking and working strategically to help to raise standards
  • monitoring and evaluating progress towards the school’s priorities and targets
  • supporting the Headteacher and staff as well as challenging their expectations

Role of Governors

There are three interwoven strands:

  • to take a largely strategic role in the running of the school
  • to act as a critical friend to the school
  • to ensure accountability of the Governing Body to the parents and of the Headteacher to the Governing Body

The responsibilities and powers have to be exercised in partnership with the Headteacher and staff.

The HPS Governing Body works closely with the Headteacher in the management of the school and is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the school. The Governors have a general responsibility for the effective management of the school but do not take decisions about the day to day running of the school. This responsibility lies with the Headteacher.

The Governing Body is here to support the school and is made up of a group of 11 individuals from a variety of backgrounds. Some of the governors are parents and staff and some come from the wider community or the Local Authority. This mix provides a wealth of experience and views. The Full Governing Body meets once every half term.  In addition, our governors also form the following sub committees which again meet every half term, and in some instances many more times:

  • Resources and Finance Committee: responsible for managing the school budget (salaries, fuel costs, rates, repairs and maintenance)
  • Personnel Committee: responsible for staff issues
  • Teaching & Learning Committee: responsible for monitoring the curriculum

The minutes of the Governors’ meetings are available to all parents.

The Governing Body have specific responsibility in a number of areas including:

  • Curriculum and conduct of the school
  • Children with special educational needs
  • Overseeing the school budget
  • Appointment and disciplinary procedures with regard to staff
  • Discipline and attendance of pupils
  • Community use of the school
  • Extended services

Download our Code of Practice:

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Download our Instrument of Governance document:

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Our Governing Body

View declarations of interest   Governors Meeting Attendance

Mrs Jane Gedny
Chair of Governors, Local Authority Governor

My name is Jane Gedny. I am married and have 3 grown up children and 4 grandchildren. Before retiring I was a teacher, deputy head and then an adviser for the Local Authority. I enjoy being a governor and getting involved in Huntingdon Primary School. I am currently Chair of the Governing Body and if you have any questions please get in touch. My e mail is:

Gail Cowmeadow

Co-opted governor

I rejoined the governing body in September 2015 as a co-opted governor. I am a member of the Teaching and Curriculum and the Premises, Health and Safety committees. I live in Little Stukeley which is part of the catchment area for Huntingdon Primary School. My working life was spent in various roles in primary education including periods as headteacher and Ofsted inspector. I aim to use this experience and the skills gained to support the school as a governor. I am committed to helping Huntingdon Primary School to provide the best possible education for all its children.

Mrs Jackie Edwards
Staff Governor
Mr Andrew Jones
Parent Governor
Mrs A West
Alison 2015
Community Governor

I have been involved with primary education in Cambridgeshire for nearly 40 years, firstly as a teacher, then a headteacher and now as a Local Authority Adviser. There have been many changes to our schools in that time but children essentially remain the same and so does my commitment to wanting the very best start in life for each and every one of them. I was delighted to be asked to be a governor for Huntingdon Primary School and play a small part in its journey to becoming an outstanding school.

I have two grown up children, both of whom have chosen to become teachers. In my spare time I enjoy learning more about history, which has always been my favourite subject, making jewellery and knitting.

Mrs D McGough
Community Governor
Mrs Elaine Lynch
Matthew Levitt

If you would like to contact the Governing Body, you can do so via the school office. Please note that many issues should normally be raised with the school staff in the first instance, but if you are not sure how to proceed we will be pleased to advise and look forward to hearing from you.