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.

Governor Profiles 2023-24

Foundation Governors

Mr Michael Parle (Chair of Governors)

Michael had a career in education, teaching Mathematics and Computing in Liverpool and London, before moving to Plymouth to be Deputy Headteacher at Notre Dame from 1991 to 2003.  Following retirement, he took up the role of Foundation Governor and Chair for Meavy C of E Primary School and then The West Dartmoor Federation.  Michael became a Foundation Governor of St Boniface College in February 2020 and Chair of the Joint Governing Body in January 2021.  He is a parishioner of Holy Cross, Yelverton.
Michael’s interests include walking on Dartmoor and photography.

Michael is the Link Governor for Sixth Form and Staff Wellbeing.

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 permanent contract with the school and had been Head of Music since 2003 until her retirement in July 2016.

Jane is Lead Governor for Safeguarding, Statutory Grants and Link Governor for Teaching and Learning.

Helen Jones

Helen is a former student at Notre Dame and joined the Governing Body in 2019 as a Foundation Governor.  Helen spent most of her working life in the Pensions and Investment sector, initially as a technical assistant and subsequently as a Sales Support Manager before retiring from full time employment in 2016.

Helen is married to a retired teacher and is a practising Catholic. She appreciates all types of music and enjoys performing as a solo vocalist or with groups of people.  Helen had the pleasure of being part of the Notre Dame choir when they performed ‘Seven Last Words’.

As someone who benefited enormously from being a former student, Helen feels it is important for the school to continue to ensure that all students have the opportunity to learn in a place where they feel secure, have a sense of belonging and achieve their full potential whilst promoting Christian attitudes

Helen is the Lead Governor for Health and Safety.

Father Jon Bielawski

Father Jon is the Parish Priest at St Peter’s Catholic Church and has regular involvement with the school, supporting with Chaplancy, Assemblies and Masses and Religious Education.

Father Jon is Lead Governor for RE and Catholic Life

Mrs Lesley Keate

Mrs Catherine Money

Mrs Cecilia Withers

Parent Governors

Mr Nigel Sarsons

Nigel is the Deputy Lead Governor for Safeguarding.

Co-Opted Governors

Mr Darren Jeffrey

Staff Governors

Miss Megan Thorne

Mrs Rachael Hudson

Governor Information and 2022-23 Meeting Attendance

Full NameGovernor TypeAppointing BodyDate of Current AppointmentEnd of Current TermMeeting Attendance 2022-23Business InterestsOther Governorships
Mr Michale AntramEx-OfficioPlymouth CAST01/09/2023n/an/aExecutive HeadteacherNo
Mr Michael ParleFoundationCatholic Diocese of Plymouth18/03/202417/03/20285 of 6 Meetings83%NoneMeavy Parish Hall
Mrs Jane BaileyFoundationCatholic Diocese of Plymouth22/09/202021/09/20246 of 6 Meetings100%NoneNo
Father Jon BielawskiFoundationCatholic Diocese of Plymouth19/06/202118/06/20255 of 6 Meetings83%NoneNo
Mrs Helen JonesFoundationCatholic Diocese of Plymouth06/06/202305/06/20276 of 6 Meetings100% NoneNo
Miss Megan ThorneStaffStaff Body10/05/202109/05/20252 of 2 Meetings100%Member of StaffNo
Mrs Rachael HudsonStaffStaff Body10/05/202109/05/20256 of 6 Meetings100%Member of StaffNo
Mr Nigel SarsonsParentParent Body01/02/202331/01/20274 of 4 meetings100%ParentNo
Mr Darren JeffreyCo-optedGoverning Board29/11/202328/11/2027n/aNoneNo
Mrs Lesley KeateFoundaationCatholic Diocese of Plymouth07/03/202406/03/2028n/aNoneNo
Mrs Catherine MoneyFoundationCatholic Diocese of Plymouth07/03/202406/03/2028n/aNoneNo
Mrs Cecilia WithersFoundationCatholic Diocese of Plymouth18/03/202417/03/2028n/aNoneNo

Governors who have left the Notre Dame or St Boniface’s Govenring Boards in the past 12 months

Full NameGovernor TypeAppointing BodyDate of Current AppointmentResignation/End of Term DateMeeting Attendance 2020-21Business InterestsOther Governorships
Mrs Katherine WhiteFoundationCatholic Diocese of Plymouth01/09/201231/08/20234 of 4 Meetings100%HeadteacherNo
Mrs Frances KellyFoundationCatholic Diocese of Plymouth13/02/202007/02/20246 of 6 Meetings100%NoneNo
Mr Simon GiarchiFoundationCatholic Diocese of Plymouth10/11/202007/02/20246 of 6 Meetings100%Employed by CAFODNo
Mrs Jill JonesCo-optedLocal Governing Board19/05/202130/10/20236 of 6 Meetings100%NoneNo

Meeting Dates for 2022-23

Wednesday 4th October 2023

Wednesday 29th November 2023

Wednesday 7th February 2024

Wednesday 27th March 2024

Wednesday 22nd May 2024

Wednesday 3rd July 2024

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, Leah Paiano, by email at or by letter to the school address.

To contact the Chair of Governors please address your correspondence to Mr M Parle, 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).