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Manor Hall Academy Trust

Visit the Manor Hall Academy Trust website - www.manorhall.academy

Merryfields School is a member of the Manor Hall Academy Trust.


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Thank you for your interest in the Manor Hall Academy Trust.

The Manor Hall Academy Trust is a growing Multi Academy Trust.  The strength of the Trust and its distinctive feature is that it’s foundations, as a Collaborative Educational Trust, were formed between Special Schools working together with the same values and educational aspirations. Historically, the special school sector has been a strength in Staffordshire. This was in no small part down to how special schools worked together in collaboration. We believe this strength is something we cannot lose and that special schools share common problems and issues which require similar solutions. In the future, the growth of the Manor Hall Trust and its membership can only be to the benefit of the individual schools and most importantly the children and young adults.

We believe we have a responsibility to all pupils not just those in our immediate care. Our growth strategy has recently been reviewed to include the development of new partnerships within the continuum of inclusion (Resource Bases, Alternative Provision and Outreach) to future proof the Trust and extend our skills and expertise to reach other vulnerable learners. In the same way we have just gained sponsorship status to enable the Trust to sponsor and improve schools in need of help and support. We also recognise that historic boundaries are gradually disappearing and we are open to working with schools and Local Authorities across a larger footprint including free school provision to meet emergent need.

 The Trust is inclusive, forward thinking and would welcome mainstream schools becoming members. We know many mainstream schools share our values and would help us develop further as a collaborative group of schools. There would be a great opportunity for a mainstream school to make their mark as a lead school under the jurisdiction of the Trust structures, ethos and function.

All of the founder academies within our Trust were willing partners who have actively chosen to join us. Therefore, there is a high degree of commitment, co-operation and consensus from within the member academies.

As a newly established Multi Academy Trust (September 2015) evolving in capacity, all academy leaders sit on an advisory group of Head teachers, accountable to the Trust Board of Directors.  Therefore, all academies have an influence on Multi Academy Trust developments and a voice in shaping the future.

Academies within the Multi Academy Trust have Local Advisory Boards (previously LGB’s) who retain local accountability for individual academies.  All of our academies have an earned Scheme of Delegation to support autonomy.  All academies have their own distinctive ethos and preserving these unique characteristics is a commitment to every school when they convert to join the Trust. 

To find out more about the Trust, or individual academies, please take a look through the pages of our website; if this germinates any seeds of interest in terms of joining the Trust, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Thank you for your time.

Richard Redgate.

Chief Executive, Manor Hall Academy Trust.


Manor Hall Academy Trust have now joined with Adelaide Trust. Please see the stakeholder engagement document here

Further information on the trust can be sought from the Manor Hall Academy website  www.manorhall.academy