St John’s Local Governing Board consists of a combination of parent, staff, foundation and community governors. Foundation governors are appointed by the Bishop and the Diocese, whilst others are elected by parents and the school. Governing Body meetings take place approximately every 6 weeks and the non-confidential section of the minutes can be viewed by parents, upon written request made to the Headteacher.
The Governing Board has the following roles:
- To support and promote the vision, values and principles of Plymouth CAST as a non-statutory body;
- To act as a ‘wisdom group’ for the school, to support and encourage the Catholic life and mission of the school;
- To act as champions and advocates in the local community for their school;
- To support and challenge the Headteacher in fulfilling their responsibilities;
- To have oversight and develop knowledge in key areas, especially RE and Catholic Life, SEND, Safeguarding, Statutory Grant Funding (pupil premium, PE and sports premium), Health and Safety;
- To support and challenge the Headteacher in the implementation of the School Improvement Plan;
- To build bridges between the school and the local community, especially parents and carers and the local parish;
- To support CAST strategic priorities and to contribute expertise and knowledge to the development of building Governor capacity across CAST;
- To be accountable to the Board and, in the case of Foundation Governors, to the Bishop, for their conduct as Governors.