Welcome to the Advisory Board of Merrydale Junior School

At Discovery School Academy Trust the Board of Trustees (sometimes known as the board of directors or governing body) is ultimately responsible for governance of the schools in the trust and is accountable for their performance. To support effective governance, the Board delegates governance functions to be carried out regionally through a Cluster Governing Body and Central Executive Team, and locally through the school Advisory Board.

The School Advisory Board has a key role in influencing the direction of the school by offering their experience and expertise to strengthen the decision-making process to support the strategic development of the school and ensure it is meeting the needs of the children. The functions of the Advisory Board are set out in the Trust Scheme of Delegation which sets out the requirements of the Trust and details where the Trustees delegate governance functions locally.

The Advisory Board consists of parents, staff and community representatives; the Headteacher is a member of the Advisory Board by virtue of their office. Community Members are appointed by the Advisory Board and are people, who in the opinion of the Advisory Board, have the skills required to contribute to the work of the board; Parent and staff members are elected to the board by the parent and staff body respectively.


School Advisory Board Members: 2018-19

Catriona Mugglestone

Headteacher (ex-officio)

Lesley Butcher

Chair of Advisory Board and Community member

Term of Office: 01.11.16- 31.10.20

Attendance at AB meetings 2018-19: 1/1

Attendance at AB meetings 2017-18: 4/4

No business interests declared 15.11.18

Steve Wilson

Vice-Chair and Community member

Term of Office: 01.11.16- 31.10.20

Attendance at AB meetings 2018-19: 1/1
Attendance at AB meetings 2017-18: 4/4

Business interests declared 15.11.18: trustee of MS Therapy Centre (Chairperson) since 2012; Vice-Chair at Marriott Primary School since 2013, and a member of Leicester City Schools Forum.

Staff Member


Parent Member Vacancy


Dimple Jayeshkumar

Parent member 

Attendance at AB meetings 2018-19: 1/1

Term of Office: 6.7.18 – 5.7.21

No business interests declared 15.11.18

Dawn White

Cluster Leader, Discovery Schools Academies Trust (ex-officio)

Paul Stone

CEO, Discovery Schools Academies Trust

Anna Mousley


Get in Touch


If you have a passion for improving outcomes for children and would like to use your skills and expertise to contribute to the governance of our schools please get in touch by contacting Helen Stockill at hstockill@discoveryschoolstrust.org.uk


Please click here to view/download the Scheme of Delegated Authority


Please click here to view/download the Governance Strategy


Further information can be found on the Discovery Schools Academy Trust Website here

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