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About Us

The Mercia Learning Trust is a successful partnership of 3 primary and 3 secondary schools located in the south west of Sheffield.  We are proud that our trust is one of the strongest in the country.

We share the same moral purpose.  Working as individual schools, and in partnership, our singular intention is to ensure every pupil, whatever their background, will attend an exceptional school.  We believe pupils should enjoy school, feel safe and fully supported, be inspired to learn, develop character and aspiration, and realise their full potential.  We are so committed to pupil success and well-being that we choose to think of every pupil as if they are our own, and to measure our actions and impact against this. 

The Trust was originally founded around King Ecgbert Secondary School.  However, very quickly a multi-academy partnership formed with two feeder schools (Nether Edge Primary and Totley Primary).  This was followed by further growth with a local secondary (Newfield School) and primary (Valley Park Primary).  In 2018 the Trust opened a brand new secondary school (Mercia School) to meet the need for local population expansion. 

Currently, we educate approximately 3600 students from ages 2-18+, although this will increase to around 5000 as some schools grow in the next few years.

We describe our approach to partnership as aligned autonomy.  We share the same mission and values, have lots of common best practice and benefit from our combined resources and reputation. Nevertheless, we understand that schools are unique and different.

This balance between difference and commonality is what drives improvement and lies at the heart of our trust.

Alongside our pupils, our staff are our greatest asset.  We are committed to recruiting, developing, retaining and caring for our exceptionally talented and committed staff teams.  This commitment is enshrined in the Mercia Pledge which is designed to ensure they get the very best professional experience and support on offer anywhere.  The Mercia Learning Alliance sits at the centre of this strategy, alongside that to recruit new teachers into the profession and support system leadership across the sector. 

In a short period, our Trust has achieved a great deal.  However, we are ambitious and forward-thinking, and fully committed to maintaining and improving student experience and outcomes, and developing our trust.

We believe we are well-placed to engage in careful and sustainable growth in the light of our Trust mission and priorities.

Chris French

CEO