CAST Multi-Academy Trust
St Boniface House
Telephone: 01364 645450
St. Mary's became part of CAST Multi-Academy trust on 1st April 2014.
Plymouth CAST’s organisation is designed to reflect Catholic social teaching within its policies and structures, not just within its curriculum offer.
The core principles of Catholic social teaching are:
- the dignity of the individual;
- the common good;
- and subsidiarity.
The formation of CAST does not represent a change in direction for the schools. As Catholic schools, our fundamental mission has always derived from the wider mission of the Catholic Church and the particular emphases of the diocesan Bishop. However, it was decided that changing our legal structure from multiple, autonomous Voluntary Aided schools into a single corporate legal entity would enhance our capacity to fulfill our shared mission.
Consistent with the purpose the most important elements within CAST’s structure are the schools themselves. There are 36 schools within CAST, each with a local governing body with a delegated budget and delegated powers to allow it to operate as the local ‘steward’ of overall mission. The Board of Directors does not seek to manage the individual schools but does carry the overall responsibilities and liabilities for the network as a whole. On the surface, the day to day operation of the schools has not changed since becoming part of CAST and parents experience a seamless transition, as do their children.