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The Role of the Governing Body

From 1st April 2014 all the Catholic Schools in the Plymouth Diocese became part of the Catholic Multi Academy Trust, known as ‘Plymouth CAST’.

Who are Governors?
School Governors are people from the school’s local community who wish to make a positive contribution to children’s education. They MUST be over eighteen years at the date of their appointment, but there is NO upper age limit. Each term of office lasts for four years.

Governors are the largest volunteer force in the country!
They have a very important part to play in raising school standards through three key roles which are –

1. Setting Strategic Direction 
This is for the short, medium and long term. It involves setting aims and objectives and setting policies and targets for achieving those aims and objectives. There needs to be clarity of vision, ethos and direction.

2. Ensuring Accountability 
Contributing to the school self-evaluation, understanding strengths and weaknesses, reporting to stakeholders i.e. young people, parents and staff

3. Monitoring and Evaluating School Performanc
Measuring and challenging progress and reviewing School Improvement Plans by holding the Headteacher and Leadership Team to account for improving the quality of teaching, achievement and behaviour and safety.


What do Governors do?
Our Governing Body normally meet in full once a term. 

Our Governing Body

  • works as a team and is accountable for the performance of the school to

    parents, carers and the wider community.

  • ensures that all safeguarding requirements are met.
  • plans the school’s future direction and makes decisions on the school's budget

    and staffing requirements.

  • decides how best the school can develop and supports the pupils’ behaviour and

    spiritual, moral and social development.

  • makes sure that the school provides for all its pupils including those with

    special needs.

The Headteacher is responsible for the overall management of the school and for day-to-day management. Each of the governors has a responsibility for a specific aspect of school life and regularly meets with staff and visits classrooms, the staffroom and the dining hall. Governors are at the heart of how a school operates and it is vital that we get things right.

Who are our Governors?
Our Governing Body is made up of 4 Foundation Governors who are appointed by the Diocese; 1 parent governor who was elected by the parents of children at the school; 1 Headteacher, 1 staff representative and 1 community governor.


The Clerk to the Governing Body may be contacted through the Clerk to Governors, Mrs Lindsey Johnson, via the school address or email

Mrs Alaine Cocker - Foundation Governor


Chair of Governors

Term: 01.05.16 - 30.04.20

Responsibility - Early Years

Attendance 2018-19 : 5/5


I have served as a governor at Keyham Barton for the past two years. My two eldest children attended Keyham Barton before moving onto secondary school and my youngest son is currently in year 6 at the school. I am a qualified Teaching Assistant and I am currently employed at Peter Pan Playgroup as a Playgroup Assistant. I have experience as a volunteer with many organisations and I am actively involved in the community with 1st Keyham Scout Group and the Friends of Keyham Barton fundraising group. As a parent and a practising Catholic I believe it is important that our school should look after the social, emotional and spiritual welfare of our children as well as providing the best academic education possible. I have enjoyed my time as a governor and I have learned much over the previous two years. I look forward to continue working with the Governing Body of Keyham Barton to achieve the best educational experience for all our children during their time at the school.

Mrs. Shelley England - Headteacher



Term: 01.01.17 onwards

Attendance 2018-19 : 5/5


I am proud to be the headteacher of Keyham Barton school.  From my first visit, I knew it was the school for me. It has a special heartbeat.  Being from Plymouth, I am very familiar with the needs of our community, families and children.  As a parent of two primary school aged children, I also empathise with our children and our parents and know what a crucial role school can play in the wellbeing of our lives- whether academic, personal, physical or spiritual and the resultant happiness an enjoyable and high quality education can bring.  I also understand the daily pressures raising a family can have!  I am passionate about life and faith; believing every day is a gift to be lived to the full and feel blessed to be able to serve our community, alongside all of our children, parents, governors and parishoners.

Mrs. Vanessa Cload - Foundation Governor




Responsibilities : SEND and Statutory Grants

Term : 22.11.18 - 21.11.22

Attendance 2018-19: 2/3


I have been teaching in Plymouth for 18 years in a primary school and have a wealth of experience to offer the Keyham Barton school community. I have been on the Senior Leadership team of my primary school for many years as the school's SENCo and Foundation Stage lead teacher. I have been the designated teacher for Looked After Children and coordinated many other areas within my school including ICT, History, Gifted and Talented, Medical needs and First aid. Prior to teaching,  I enjoyed a very fulfilling career as a nurse. I love to spend time with my husband and children, travelling, walking, gardening and knitting! I worship at Plymouth Cathedral and am delighted to be involved in supporting the staff and children of Keyham Barton.

Mrs. Brooke Morrison-Hill  - Parent Governor



Term: 01.12.16 - 30.11.20

Responsibility - Safeguarding

Attendance 2018-19: 5/5


I have 2 sons both of whom attend the school. I have worked in the finance industry for the last 17 years and hope that I can transfer some of my skills and experience to help the school to continue to improve. I wanted to join the governing body as I wanted to contribute to ensuring that we can provide a safe and fun environment for all the children who come here to enjoy.

Mrs. Anne-Marie Sowden   -  Community Governor



Term: 01.05.18 - 30.04.22

Responsibility - Health & Safety

Attendance 2018-19: 3/5


My association with Keyham Barton started in the late 90’s when my oldest son started school, followed a few years later by his brother. I believe it remains as special now as it felt then. 


While my sons were at school I was on the FKB committee and for a time was Chair, I was also a parent governor at the school. Although my sons have long since left Keyham Barton it remains a special place in my heart. When I saw that they were looking for governors I did not hesitate to apply. I hope in my current role as Commercial Operations Manager for a local company I will be able to offer knowledge to the school, it has now and will always have my full support.

Mrs Alison Thornton - Foundation Governor


Term:  01.05.16 - 30.04.20

Responsibility - RE/ Catholic Life

Attendance 2018-19: 4/5 


Keyham Barton is a unique and special school with a warm community feel that visitors frequently comment on; I'm a little biased though, I attended school here myself more than 30 years ago and currently have 2 children of my own in year 2 and year 6. A faith education gave me a great start in life. It instilled in me a sense of wellbeing, an ability to reach out to others from a position of trust, the confidence to speak out against injustice and the self-belief that has eventually led to running my own business. This is something that we all want for our children - a great start - and I'm proud to be a part of the amazing team at Keyham who are working so hard alongside families and the parish community to make that happen. On a personal level I love spending time outdoors with my family; foraging, beach combing, sea swimming and looking after our ever increasing menagerie of pets including rats, snakes and chickens <3.

Mrs. Tina Tuohy - Foundation Governor




Term: 29.05.18 - 28.05.22

Attendance 2018-19: 4/5


I came to Plymouth in 1970 and have lived in North Prospect for 40 odd years before moving when my house was demolished due to Regeneration. I have been a parishioner at Holy Redeemer all this time and my children and one grandchild also went to Keyham Barton School.  I used to be a governor at the old North Prospect Primary School before it became the Mayflower Academy and found it very interesting and rewarding. I would have like to have joined Keyham Barton earlier but never managed to be available when one of the posts became free. On this occasion I jumped at the chance and while my children  were at the school I had always enjoyed my visits and in particular the Nativity Plays and School Mass. I am on the Parish Council and a Eucharistic Minister.  I used to teach archaeology at University of Exeter and now although retired I still do some teaching online.  I am keen on gardening, wildlife and dog walking.

Governors who have resigned in the previous 12 months

Iain Yearling            27.09.18

Gemma Burns         22.05.19

How to become a Governor

If you are interested in becoming a governor, please contact the school office in the first instance. 



If you would like to contact the Governing Body please do this via the Clerk to Governors Mrs L Johnson on the email address above or using the form on our 'Contact Details' page.


Governor Minutes summary 2018-19

Governor attendance at meetings

Governor Training 2017-2019

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