The Local Governing Board of Notre Dame Plymouth and St Boniface’s College

The Local Governing Boards of Notre Dame and St Boniface’s College are pleased to be coming together to work as a joint Board in the interests of the students within both schools from September 2020. By January 2021 a final joint Governing Board will be in place providing the very best in Governance for Staff, Students and Parents.


Governor Profiles 2020-21

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

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.

Mrs Helen Jones

Details to follow

Father Jon Bielawski

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Mrs Lesley Clark

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Mr Michael Parle

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Mrs Frances Kelly

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Parent Governors

Mr Simon Mynes

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Mrs Audrey Peace

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Mrs Paula Ashworth

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Mrs Catherine Smith

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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.

Governor Information and 2019-20 Meeting Attendance


Governors who have left the LGB in the past 12 months

Retired Governors

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.

CAST Scheme of Delegation and Financial Reports

CAST Policies

All CAST wide policies can be found here

We welcome interest in joining the Board of Governors at Notre Dame and St Boniface 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).