Governor Vacancies

Congratulations to Mr Simon Mynes and Mrs Audrey Peace who have been appointed as Parent Governors.

The Local Governing Board of Notre Dame Plymouth

The Notre Dame Local Governing Board comprises of 11 members. 6 Foundation Governors, 1 Co-opted Governor, 2 Parent Governors and 2 Staff Governors.

The Local Governing Board meets once per term and convenes working groups to look at projects which need more focus as required.

We are supported as a Local Governing Board by our MAT Central Team at Plymouth CAST who provide advice and support for Governors as well as additional training and updates on legislation, Ofsted and other education areas.

The aim of the Local Governing Board of Notre Dame is to be a critical friend. We support the Senior Leadership Team in the strategic direction of the school and meet regularly with Teachers and Support Staff to offer support and guidance. Governors interact with Students and Staff to obtain a clear picture of the workings within school and help to ensure the progression of the school in accordance with the Mission Statement.

Notre Dame Plymouth is an optimistic school promoting Christian Values,

a school where everyone belongs,

a school which values learning and high aspiration,

a school which rises to challenges and celebrates achievement.

The Local Governing Board strongly believe in the education of every student; Head, Heart and Hands.

Who are the Local Governing Board:

Governors Photo March 2018

Governor Profiles 2019-20

Foundation Governors

Mr Graham Johnson BPharm FInstLM (Chair of Governors)

Graham is a retired Royal Navy Captain and has been a longstanding Foundation Governor at Roman Catholic Secondary Schools in Plymouth. He is currently Chair of Governors at both Notre Dame School and St Boniface’s Catholic College. He is also a Foundation Director of the Plymouth Catholic & Anglican Schools Trust (CAST).

Graham is married with 3 grown-up children and he and his wife are active, registered foster carers and established members of the parish community of St Peter’s church in Crownhill, Plymouth.

Graham is the Lead Governor for SEND, Safeguarding and Re and Catholic Life.

Mrs Katherine White (Headteacher)

Kate has been the Headteacher at Notre Dame since 2012 and is a Foundation Governor. She attends all meetings in her capacity of both Headteacher and Governor.

Mrs Jane Bailey (Vice Chair of Governors)

Jane joined the Governing Body in March 2016 as an Associate Governor and became a Foundation Governor in September 2016. Having been a student here previously, Jane worked at Notre Dame for 32 years, firstly as a Peripatetic Teacher before taking on a perminant contract with the school and had been Head of Music since 2003 until her retirement in July 2016.

Jane is the Lead Governor for Standards.

Dr Eric Tope

Eric is a retired headteacher of a South London Catholic secondary school and visiting fellow at St.Mary’s University, Twickenham. He was educated at Holy Cross primary school and St.Boniface’s College, Plymouth. He has wide experience of working with Catholic parents, governors and Headteacher’s.

Eric lives in Derriford with his wife Maggie, they have four children and nine grandchildren, both in London and Melbourne, Australia. He has worked as a head of Mathematics in comprehensive and grammar schools and liaises with the Mathematics department at Notre Dame. Eric is also a governor at Keyham Barton Catholic primary school.

Mr Stephen Hole

Steve served on the Devon County Council’s Education Committee during the 1980′s. He has been a governor since 1981 in a range of schools and has been a governor of Notre Dame since 1987.
Steve’s professional background is Engineering, Management and Health and Safety. He is a Chartered member of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health.

Steve has always voluntarily given his time  to various organisations and has been part of the Plymouth Charity Trust, which provides Alms house accommodation, since 1981 and he is currently the Chairman. Steve is also the Honorary Agent for the Shipwrecked Mariners Association which is a charity that looks after the surviving crews of merchant vessels and trawlers lost at sea.

To relax Steve has a great circle of friends and family as well as a dog who also wants some of his time!!

Steve is the Lead Governor for Health and Safety.

Mrs Helen Jones

Newly appointed.

Co-opted Governors

Mrs Heather Wood

Newly appointed.

Parent Governors

Mr Simon Mynes

Newly appointed.

Mrs Audrey Peace

Newly appointed.

Staff Governors

Mr Paul Kent

Paul has been employed at Notre Dame as an ICT support technician since 2010.  Before joining Notre Dame he completed a 22 year military career, encompassing a number of roles, serving at various locations.  Paul decided to become a staff governor because he wanted to become actively involved in improving the school and helping with its development.

Paul had the privilege of being elected as a staff governor by fellow members of staff. Paul feels being a staff governor allows him a unique insight into the activities in the school.  Paul firmly believes with staff, parent and community support Notre Dame Plymouth can be an outstanding school.

Paul is the Lead Governor for Premises.

Mrs Charlotte Payne

Charlotte has been at Notre Dame since 2006 as a full time member of the support staff. During her time here she has taken on a non qualified teacher role as pastoral Head of Stang House in addition to her role as Cover Manager. It is a role that Charlotte particularly enjoys, having direct daily contact with students from all the year groups.

Charlotte had wanted to become a governor for some time, and was fortunate to be selected by her colleagues at around the time Notre Dame became an academy. Her role as a school governor is about being part of an integral team which is vital in helping to make a difference to children’s education and the school’s overall success. Charlotte cares greatly about education, and the role that Notre Dame has to play in the provision of it.

2019-20 Meeting Dates

Wednesday 9th October 2019         Full Governors

Wednesday 4th December 2019     Full Governors

Wednesday 29th January 2020      Standards Governors

Wednesday 25th March 2020          Full Governors

Wednesday 20th May 2020             Standards Governors

Wednesday 8th July 2020                Full Governors


Governor Information and 2018-19 Meeting Attendance


Governors who have left the LGB in the past 12 months

Retired Governor Info 2019-20

Summary of 2018-19 Meetings


  • Governors elected Mr Graham Johnson as the Chair for the year and Mrs Jane Bailey as Vice-Chair.
  • Lead Governors were appointed in Safeguarding, SEND, RE & Catholic Life, Health & Safety and Statutory Funding.
  • Governors signed the CAST Code of Conduct to be followed by all Governors within the Trust.
  • Governors received the Headteacher’s report which included details of progress against targets, the School Improvement Priorities and general school business.
  • Governors received an update from the Clerk and returned completed paperwork for the coming year.
  • Governors discussed proposed changes to the CAST Scheme of Delegation and how this might affect the work done by the Governing Board along with their responsibilities.
  • The CAST Complaints policy was noted as updated and in place. Confirmed to be available to parents on the School website.


  • Governors received an update from the committees and confirmed that the Resources and Ethos Committees would no longer meet separately following the introduction of the new CAST Scheme of Delegation which removes much of the responsibilities from the Local Governing Board (LGB). It was determined that the Full LGB would meet 4 times per year to cover these areas and the Standards Working Group would meet at least twice yearly to focus on the educational side of business. The reports from this working group would come back to the LGB at each meeting.
  • Governors received reports and updates from the Standards Working Group.
  • Governors reviewed and approved annual logs regarding Pecuniary Interest, Whistleblowing, Gifts and Hospitality and Freedom of Information requests.
  • Governors received an update from the Link Governor for Premises.
  • Governors received a report on the Single Central Register inspection from the Link Governor.
  • Governors approved the following policies; Records Management, Use of Photos, Use of Laptops by Staff, Managing Staff Attendance (including the procedures)


  • Governors were introduced to and received an update from the new Senior Student Team.
  • Governors reviewed Admissions data following confirmation of the intake for September 2019.
  • Governors received the Headteacher’s report which included data to showing current Progress 8 and Attainment 8 levels, staffing updates and KS5 data.
  • Governors received update from Lead Governors in RE & Catholic Life, SEND, Student Wellbeing, HR and Health & Safety.
  • Governors approved the BTEC Assessment Policy.


  • Governors celebrated the Good judgement received following the Ofsted inspection in June and passed thanks to all the staff and students.
  • Governors received the Headteacher’s report which included updated on Staffing, Progress against Targets in KS3 and KS4, expected outcomes from this year’s GCSE exams, Admissions for September and KS5 information.
  • Governors received a report on the Single Central Register inspection from the Link Governor.
  • Governors received updates from the Chair and the Clerk.
  • Governors received updates from the Standards Link Governors in regards to the EBACC, Open and RS & Music Faculties.
  • Governors received an update from the Premises Link Governor.
  • Governors approved the following policies; Behaviour, Bereavement, Lettings, Looked After Children, Multi-agency.
  • Governors said farewell to Hadyn Loveless who, after 8 years as Parent Governor, was leaving the LGB. New Parent Governors will be sought in September 2019.

Plymouth CAST Board Information

Notre Dame is part of the Plymouth CAST Multi Academy Trust. Information about the Trust can be seen through the link below.

To view Plymouth CAST Financial Statements please follow the link below;

CAST Scheme of Delegation

We welcome interest in joining the Board of Governors at Notre Dame School at anytime. If you would like further information on the roles and responsibilities and how to become a Governor please contact the Clerk to Governors.

Should you wish to contact the Governors please do so through the Clerk, Mrs Helen Laird, by email at or by letter to the school address.

To contact the Chair of Governors please address your correspondence to Mr G Johnson, c/o Notre Dame School, Looseleigh Lane, Derriford, Plymouth, PL6 5HN or send your email via the Clerk,

Please be aware the Clerk to Governors is a part time role so all correspondence will be acknowledged within 7 days (term time only).