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. The Local Governors in Mercian Educational Trust are referred to as the Delegated Governance Committee (DGC). The DGC 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 DGC are accountable to Trustees.
School Local Govenors
Peter Bailey (Chair of Governors): Parent
Mel Morris-Jones (Vice-Chair of Governors): Co-opted
Chris Hansen: Headteacher
Juliana Abrantes: Co-opted (Malvern Vale parent)
Laura Edkins: Staff
Jen Price: Staff (Malvern Vale)
Hannah Barrett: Parent
John Raine: Co-opted
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
Delegated Governing Committee'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: