School Advisory Board

Board of Governors

Welcome to Merrydale Junior School's Advisory Board


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 through committees, locally through each school Advisory Board and through the central executive team.

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: 2019-20


Name Role
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 2019-20: 2/2
Attendance at AB meetings 2018-19: 4/4
Business interests declared 26.9.19: trustee at the Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre since May 2019
Jill Mellar Staff member
Term of Office: 28.2.19-27.2.21
Attendance at AB meetings 2019-20: 1/2
Attendance at AB meetings 2018-19: 2/2
No business interests declared 26.9.19
Vacancy Parent member
Shafinaz Patel Parent member
Term of Office: 20.06.19- 19.06.21
Attendance at AB meetings 2019-20: 2/2
Attendance at AB meetings 2018-19: 1/1
Business interests declared 26.9.19: employee at Reaching People social enterprise since May 2018, and a parent governor at Merrydale Infants School since November 2018
Ebenezer Babalola Community member
Term of Office: 1.9.19-31.8.22
Attendance at AB meetings 2019-20: 2/2
Attendance at AB meetings 2018-19: n/a
Business interests declared 26.9.19: Lead Pastor and trustee at the Redeemed Christian Church of God since 2011, and owner of PRF Consult Ltd, property investment since 2013
Vacancy Community member
Anna Mousley Clerk

Scheme of Delegation


The latest version of our Scheme of Delegation can be downloaded here


Governance Strategy


The latest version of our Governance Strategy can be downloaded here


Get in Touch


If you would like to contact the Advisory Board at any time, please contact our Clerk.

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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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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

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