School Governors

The Mercian Trust

On 1st January 2018, Aldridge School joined The Mercian Trust.

The Mercian Trust website can be viewed here

The structure of Governance at Aldridge School

In order to assist with the discharge of their responsibilities, the Trustees have established LGBs for its Academies.  The role of the Local Governing Body includes:

  • day-to-day” oversight of running of the academies in terms of learning, standards, safety & wellbeing
  • carrying out the MAT’s vision policies & priorities
  • holding local academy leadership to account for academic performance, quality of care & provision-
  • overseeing & monitoring the effectiveness of learning strategies
  • supporting the Board and its committees in relation to proper use of funds & delivering high-quality educational provision
  • to advise and act as a critical friend to the Head Teacher and to advise the Board about local issues they need to consider that affect the Academy
  • to represent the interests of the Academy community in the running of the Academy and to represent the Academy in its community
  • to provide support to the Head Teacher in undertaking appropriate day to day procedures that are essential to the life of the Academy, such as disciplinary and complaint procedures

The membership of each LGB shall be as set out in the LGB Terms of Reference approved by the Board from time to time. LGBs membership will include:

  • at least two parent members;
  • two staff members;
  • the relevant Principal/Headteacher;
  • up to four persons appointed by the Board of Trustees; and
  • [subject to Board approval,] up to three persons co-opted by members of the LGB.

The LGB meets four times a year.

The LGB forms two ad-hoc committees when required these are

Discipline – overseeing pupil sanctions and exclusions

Pay – overseeing staff appraisal, pay and progression

Trust Board

View the Mercian Trust Trustees here

Local Governing Body

Name RoleAppointed byFromTo
David Jones ChairFoundation/Trust01/09/202231/08/2026
Dawn WalkerFoundation/Trust27/09/202226/09/2026
Harbans KaurStaff GovernorElected by School01/05/202230/04/2026
Heather FordFoundation/Trust27/09/202226/09/2026
Henry SlominskiFoundation/Trust06/03/202305/03/2027
John MurrayFoundation/Trust01/09/202231/08/2026
Melanie DaviesFoundation/Trust06/03/202305/03/2027
Thomas MillerFoundation/Trust01/09/202131/08/2025
Charlotte CordonParent GovernorElected by parents 01/01/202231/12/2026
Kistin Irving Staff GovernorElected by staff01/05/20212/05/2025
Rebecca HawkingsParent GovernorElected by parents 01/01/202231/12/2026
Barry WorthHeadteacherFoundation/Trust01/09/2022

Local Governing Body Meeting Attendance

Name Attendance to full Governing Body Meetings 2022-2023 
 Dawn Walker 3/4
 David Jones  4/4
 Harbans Kaur 4/4
 Heather Ford  4/4
 Henry Slominski  4/4
 John Murray 4/4
 Melanie Davies  4/4
Charlotte Cordon4/4
Rebecca Hawkings3/4
Thomas Miller3/4
Barry Worth4/4
Kirstin Irving3/4

Pecuniary, Business Interests and Other Governance Roles

Name Pecuniary, Business Interests and other Governance roles  
 Dawn Walker Consultancy IT work for the IT department at a School 
 David Jones  None 
 Harbans Kaur  None 
 Heather Ford  None 
 Henry Slominski  None 
 John Murray  Non-Executive Director of PTP Training LTD Elected member of Walsall  Council 
 Melanie Davies  None 
Thomas MillerNone
Rebecca HawkingsNone
Charlotte CordonNone
Kisten Irving None

The governing body can be contacted by email at: or via the school address.