The Schools of the Mercian Trust work together under an over-arching structure of Governance.

The Board of Trustees sets the strategic direction of the Trust and holds the Executive Team to account. The Trustees have a responsibility to:

  • Ensure compliance with charity and company law
  • Determine, alongside the Executive Team, the strategic priorities of the MAT
  • Determine and review Trust-wide policies
  • Ensure financial probity
  • Determine the funding model across the Trust and set the budgets for individual Academies
  • Review and challenge progress of the trust against its agreed objectives and key performance indicators (KPIs)
  • Appoint staff at Senior Leadership Level

In addition, there is a Local Governing Body (LGB) for each School or Academy within the Mercian Trust. The core responsibility of each Local Governing Body is to:

  • Recommend, monitor and review the School Improvement Plan
  • Recommend targets for performance and hold the school leadership team to account for the delivery of KPIs
  • Ensure that the school budget is on track and money is well spent
  • Recommend, monitor and review the school’s curriculum

We value the independence of each school, but that does not mean that schools will work in isolation from each other. Quite the contrary; we see ourselves as a family of schools with a strong commitment to each other’s success. We are stronger together and our day to day operation reflects this.

More details on our Governance Structures can be found in the documents you will find on this page:

Articles of Association (PDF)

Code of Governance (PDF)

Scheme of Delegation (PDF)

Terms of Reference (PDF)

Mercian Trust Register of interests (PDF)

Aldridge School Register of interests (PDF)

Queen Marys Grammar School Register of interests (PDF)

Queen Marys High School Register of Interests (PDF)

Shire Oak Academy Register of interests (PDF)

Walsall Studio School and The Ladder School Register of interests (PDF)