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How We Operate

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We describe how we operate as “Aligned Autonomy”

This means we value difference between schools. However, we also believe partnership brings strength, capacity and opportunity. Increasingly we share lots of common practice and policy, and work in partnership to drive improvement and operate more efficiently.

How do we operate?

Schools operate as individual schools serving their unique communities, and are led by the Headteacher(s), senior teams and Local Governing Bodies. All schools follow the Local Authority admissions policy in full.

Nevertheless, we insist that a number of key functions/approaches are common across the Trust. As the trust continues to mature, the direction of travel is for greater commonality and adoption of best practice, without the loss of individual school identity. 

Mission & Principles

Moral Purpose We share the same moral purpose. We believe an exceptional education can realise the potential of every pupil, whatever their background, and truly transform lives. The statement, "Realising Potential. Transforming Lives.", summarises this commitment. Mission Working as individual schools,


The trust has a detailed Improvement Plan that directly links into each School Improvement Plan. All plans are agreed with the CEO and Board, have trustees and governors assigned to key facets, and are monitored very closely.  The four most important 2021-22 school / trust priorities are to: Promote each schools vi

Annual Conference

At Mercia Learning Trust, we understand the value of gathering all staff from across the Trust together on an annual basis. In 2019, our annual conference was born, hosted at the wonderful Crucible theatre, with Tom Sherrington as keynote speaker. In February 2020, we built on the success of the first conference, this time fe


The original founding school was King Ecgbert 11-18 Secondary School in Dore, Sheffield, which was graded by Ofsted as Outstanding in 2013. Subsequently, a multi-academy partnership formed with Nether Edge and Totley feeder primary schools (both judged to be Outstanding by Ofsted in 2015), Further partnership with Newfield 11-16 Seco

School Admissions

All schools in Mercia Learning Trust use Sheffield City Council to deal with all admissions.  Click here to access the Sheffield City Council school admissions page.

Company Documentation

Governance Governance Calendar Governance Handbook Scheme of Delegation Member Terms of Reference MLT Board Terms of Reference LGB Terms of Reference MLT Articles of Association Click here to find out more about Governance of Mercia Learning Trust. Registers of Business Interests King Ec