The Mercian Trust

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Our history and our future

The name of our Trust is significant.  It is both rooted in royal history and expresses a geographical identity.  Mercia was an ancient kingdom comprising of many counties throughout central England including what we now recognise as the West Midlands conurbation.  In the 7th Century it was in Mercia that St Chad established learning communities which fostered a sense of common purpose with bonds of kinship. Today, we adopt the same spirit in our approach to relationships within our Trust. 

The Mercian Trust was formed in 2018, originally with five schools in Walsall. In 2019 the Trust opened its first new school, The Ladder School, an alternative provision school located in our St Matthew's Education Campus in Walsall town centre. In 2022 our Trust grew further, welcoming in the three schools of the Q3 Academies Trust in neighbouring Sandwell.

Our Trust is committed to our social mobility mission in the communities we serve in the Black Country. We are actively engaging with schools, federations, and academies trusts in the area who share our values and are interested in joining our mission. 

We are a locally rooted Trust, and are committed to serving our local communities through education.