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: 2020-21


Name Role
Catriona Mugglestone Headteacher (ex-officio)
Lesley Butcher Chair of Advisory Board and Community member
Term of Office: 01.11.17- 31.10.20
Attendance at AB meetings 2019-20: 5/5
Attendance at AB meetings 2018-19: 4/4
Business interests declared 8.9.20: trustee at Leicestershire 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: 4/5
Attendance at AB meetings 2018-19: 2/2
No business interests declared 7.9.20
Vacancy Parent member
Shafinaz Patel Parent member
Term of Office: 20.06.19- 19.06.21
Attendance at AB meetings 2019-20: 3/5
Attendance at AB meetings 2018-19: 1/1
Business interests declared 12.9.20: senior administrator at Reaching People charity since May 2018
Ebenezer Babalola Community member
Term of Office: 1.9.19-31.8.22
Attendance at AB meetings 2019-20: 4/5
Attendance at AB meetings 2018-19: n/a
No business interests declared 3.9.20
Ola Fatuga Community member
Term of Office: 26.2.20-25.2.21
Attendance at AB meetings 2019-20: 3/3
Attendance at AB meetings 2018-19: n/a
No business interests declared. 3.9.20
Mariam Essof Community member
Term of Office: 26.2.20-25.2.21
Attendance at AB meetings 2019-20: 2/3
Attendance at AB meetings 2018-19: n/a
Business interests declared 28.2.20: lecturer at De Montfort University since December 2013.

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 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 the Head of Governance, Helen Stockill: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

You can contact our Chair of the Advisory Board, Lesley Butcher, directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via the Trust Clerk

Board meeting minutes are available on request. Requests should be directed to the Trust Clerk This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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