Governor Vacancy

Notre Dame Plymouth are looking for an enthusiastic individual with experience in the Education sector to join the Local Governing Board.

If you could attend meetings which take place 6 times a year (once per term)at the end of the school day, meet with staff in school to review linked areas and support at whole school events we would love to hear from you.

We are seeking someone who has either worked in Secondary Education or has experience of Governance in this area to join us with immediate effect.

If you are interested in finding out more please contact our Clerk, Helen Laird, at hlaird@ndonline.org to find out more about the role.

The Local Governing Board of Notre Dame Plymouth

The Notre Dame Local Governing Board comprises of 9 members. 6 Foundation Governors, 1 Parent Governor and 2 Staff Governors.

The Local Governing Board meets once per term and convenes working groups to look at things such as Standards, Ethos and Admissions.

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 2018-19

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.

Parent Governors

Mr Hadyn Loveless

Hadyn has been a parent governor for the last 4 years and was recently re-elected for another 4 year term. Having been involved with the Pharmaceutical Industry for over 25 years working for some of the largest companies in the world, Haydn brings a wealth of business experience to his role as Governor. Both his wife and eldest daughter are former pupils of Notre Dame and his youngest daughter is currently studying here.

In Hadyn’s leisure time he likes to keep myself in shape with visits to the Gym, Gardening and watching rugby.

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.

2018-19 Meeting Dates

Wednesday 26th September 2018       Full Governors,

Wednesday 10th October 2018            Standards

Wednesday 14th November 2018       Admissions and Ethos

Wednesday 16th January 2019           Standards Working Group

Wednesday 23rd January 2019          Full Governors’

Wednesday 27th March 2019             Full Governors’

Wednesday 8th May 2019                   Standards Governors

Wednesday 10th July 2019                 Full Governors’

 

Governor Information and 2017-18 Meeting Attendance

 

Governor Information and Attendance 2018-19 v2

Summary of 2017-18 Meetings

Plymouth CAST Board Information

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

CAST Board of Directors and committees

 

CAST Director Meeting Attendance 2017-18

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

http://www.plymouthcast.org.uk/web/plymouth_cast_governance/277428

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 hlaird@ndonline.org 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, hlaird@ndonline.org.

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