Welcome from CEO
Chris French, CEO of Mercia Learning Trust.
Mercia Learning Trust is a successful partnership of currently 3 primary and 3 secondary schools located in the south-west of Sheffield. We are proud that our trust has a strong reputation for school effectiveness and improvement.
We share the same mission and moral purpose 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 (Woodlands 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 4500 pupils 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 a key feature 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. Mercia Learning Alliance supports the recruitment of new teachers into the profession and helps us provide system leadership across the sector.
We are ambitious and forward-thinking, and fully committed to maintaining and improving pupil 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.