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"The early years provision is exemplary and as such, children are extremely well prepared for learning in Year 1... Pupils are exceptionally well prepared for life in modern Britain... Adults go about their work with energy and enthusiasm... Leaders’ work to develop pupils’ talents, interests and character is exceptional... Pupils thrive at Somers Park Primary School." Ofsted, July 2022
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Somers Park Primary School

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Somers Park Primary School is part of Mercian Educational Trust. Information about the overarching governance of the Trust can be found here: 


Structure and Governance - Mercian Educational Trust (


The Structure of Governance

Mercian Educational Trust is a company limited by guarantee and is effectively ‘owned’ by the ‘Members’. The Members act much like shareholders in a company holding the Trustees to account and receiving the annual reports.


Formal governance of the Trust is performed by the ‘Trustees’. A full list of Trustees and Members can be found through the link above.


The Trustees delegate executive authority to the executive leadership team which is led by Dafydd Lawday, the CEO of Mercian Educational Trust, and includes the headteachers of the schools within the Trust.


Each school in The Trust has its own Local Governing Board (LGB). The LGB provide support and challenge to school leaders and assurance to the Trustees Board. They ensure that educational standards are continually improving  and compliance to statutory practice. The LGB are accountable to Trustees.


The LGB are committees of the trust board and is constituted in line with the Articles of Association, March 2021.

  1. 3 parent governors

  2. 3 staff governors

  3. 1 headteacher

  4. Co-opted governors (there is no definitive number, but no more than a third of the board should be staff governors)


LGB’s meet six times per year.

School Local Govenors


Mel Morris-Jones (Chair of Governors): Co-opted

Chris Hansen: Headteacher (Ex-officio)


Tim Graham: Co-opted (Malvern Vale parent)

Laura Edkins: Staff 

Jen Price: Staff (Malvern Vale)

Dawn Cuckney: Staff

Hannah Barrett: Parent

John Raine: Co-opted

David Mirrelson: Parent

Alison Paisley: Parent


Chair of Governors address:

Mel Morris-Jones
c/o Somers Park School 
Somers Park Avenue
WR14 1HN


For further information regarding the Governors and their term of office, please see

Local Governing Board's Core Responsibilities


MET has high expectations of governing bodies. They are the strategic leaders of our schools and have a vital role to play in making sure every child gets the best possible education.  This is reflected in the law, which states that the purpose of maintained school governing bodies is to ‘conduct the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement at the school’.


The DfE Governance Handbook for governors in maintained schools, academies and free schools is a key document for governors and highlights their roles and responsibilities. In all types of schools, governing bodies should have a strong focus on three core strategic functions:

• ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction, and

• holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff


These functions are reflected in regulations for maintained schools (September 2013) and in the criteria Ofsted inspectors use to judge the effectiveness of a school’s governing body.


If you are interested in finding out more about school governing bodies, you might like to read:

Somers Park LGB Terms of Office


For up to date information about the local governors' Terms  of Office, please visit Get Information About Schools, which can be found through this link:

Somers Park Primary School - GOV.UK (