St John the Baptist Catholic Multi Academy Trust

The governors of St Mary's RC Primary are justly proud of our school community. It is part of the St John the Baptist Catholic Multi Academy Trust, company number 7913261, set up as a charitable trust limited by guarantee. It has a tiered management and governance structure, with the Members of the Academy Trust Company overseeing the strategic direction of each of its academies. The Members of the Academy Trust Company are the Roman Catholic Bishop of East Anglia, Rt Rev Alan Hopes, the Diocesan Trustees (represented by Mgr Tony Rogers), the Diocesan Schools Manager Mrs Julie O'Connor, Mr Fred Corbett and the Chair of the Multi Academy Trust's Board of Directors, Professor Edward Acton.

SJB CMAT Useful Links

St Mary's Local Governing Body

Below the tier of SJB CMAT Directors is the full Governing Body of the school. As an Academy within the St John the Baptist Catholic Multi-Academy Trust the Local Governing Body take on tasks delegated to them through the CMAT Scheme of Delegation. The Governing Body is responsible for setting the vision of the school, holding the Headteacher to account for educational performance, and ensuring that the academy's money is well spent.The Governing Body take a strategic role, acting as a critical friend to the School. It sets aims and objectives and agrees, monitors and reviews local policies, targets and priorities. It is also responsible for organising admissions.  The Governing Body achieves its role by appointing Governors to working committees that that specialize in specific areas and work with the Headteacher (who is also a member of committees where possible) who in turn report to the Governing Body.

Committees and Working Groups

The work of the Governing body is varied and time consuming. So that Governors can work efficiently, and to make good use of the varied talents available, the bulk of the discussions take place in committee meetings. These have recently been redesigned so as to number just the two as shown below, with other Committees meeting when needed:

  • Resources– to set and monitor the budget and any other financial matters and procedures, buildings condition, health and safety,
  • Teaching and Learning ( including Admissions) – looking at teaching, learning, performance, targets and results as well as Admissions for YR, YN and in year admissions.

These committees report back to both the full Local Governing Body and the CMAT directors.

Governors are dedicated volunteers, who give up their time and expertise for free. Many have had or still have children at the school. Some have contributed time to the Lowestoft Community or the Church. All are working to make sure that St. Mary’s is working hard to fulfil its mission statement to provide quality education enshrined in the tradition of the Catholic faith.

If you wish to communicate with the Governors and/or are interested in becoming a school Governor, please email, or  write a letter clearly marked for their attention and send via the school at Kirkley Cliff, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR33 ODG.

The Governing Body's Register of Interests, and the membership and attendance of the Governing Body and its committees may be accessed via the links below.


St Mary's Roman Catholic Primary School
Kirkley Cliff, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR33 0DG
Tel: 01502 565384

Please contact the school office if you require a paper copy of the information on our website or wish to speak to our SENCo - Mrs Ware.