Somers Park Primary School is part of Mercian Educational Trust. Information about the overarching governance of the Trust can be found here:
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.
3 parent governors
3 staff governors
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:
c/o Somers Park School
Somers Park Avenue
For further information regarding the Governors and their term of office, please see get-information-schools.service.gov.uk/Establishments/Establishment/Details/137292#school-governance
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: