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Our CEO KEVIN DAVIS, has been appointed as Deputy Lieutenant of the West Midlands. 🙌


Mr Kevin Davis DL will be supporting the Lord-Lieutenant (His Majesty The King’s personal representative in the West Midlands) – in several ways including accompanying members of the royal family during official visits to the region, representation at citizenship ceremonies, supporting the armed forces of the Crown, encouraging charitable and voluntary work and other local initiatives that benefit the community.. click here for more


The Vine Trust, and its Mercian Trust partner, the Queen Mary's Foundation are pleased to announce that the Regional Schools Commissioner has approved the proposal for a merger between the Q3 Academies Trust and the Mercian Trust.

November 2021

RSC staff have worked with staff from both trusts this term and confirmed that the skills, knowledge and capacity are in place to complete the merger, and that both trusts will be in a stronger position as a result of the merger.

We anticipate that the merger to be called the Mercian Trust, will be formally completed within this current academic year. The merger will not affect school uniforms or school names. We can also confirm that school start and finish times will remain the same.

Mercian and Q3 schools have begun working more closely together this year to provide quality assurance and school to school support, and we are already seeing the positive impact of this.

We truly believe that students and staff will benefit from being part of a larger family of schools, and we are committed to working together to increase opportunities and improve outcomes for students in our area

May 2022 update: Merger complete! click here for update


CEO Award for Diversity & Inclusion Leadership

September 2021

Our CEO Kevin Davis was recognised for his 'Leadership in Diversity & Inclusion' work at the West Midlands' Leadership Awards.  Click here for more info

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L to R, High Sheriff Chris Loughran, CEO Kevin Davis, and Gemma Davis

High Sheriff Award for our 'great and valuable services to the community'

5th March 2019

Our CEO Kevin Davis, joined dignitaries from across the region to celebrate individual for have inspired others.

In the historic setting of St Martin’s in the Bullring, Chris Loughran, High Sheriff of the West Midlands hosted a dinner, to celebrate the contributions, individuals and their respective organisations have made to the region.

In this the 30th Year of the Vine Trust, the award came as a complete surprise to Kevin, who attended on the premise, he was promoting the Trust’s, ‘Ladder for Greater Birmingham Apprenticeship initiative’.



L to R,  Vine CEO Kevin Davis, Birmingham Mail Editor Anna Jeys, High Sheriff Chris Loughran and PTP's Rob Colbourne.

New awards will celebrate Greater Birmingham's Apprentices

BirminghamLive and the Ladder for Greater Birmingham have partnered up to celebrate the rising stars of tomorrow with the launch of a new apprenticeship awards.

The Ladder for Birmingham Apprenticeship Awards 2019 will recognise apprentices, their employers and educational institutions across 12 different categories including crowning our overall Apprentice of the Year.

Save the date 4th July 2019- Edgebaston Cricket Stadium

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Our Ladder Foundation Launched in Parliament 

The Ladder ‘Apprenticeship’ Foundation was launched in the grand settings of the Pitt Committee Room at The Houses of Parliament. The event gathered representatives from  parliament, commerce, regional government, charity and HRH the Duke of York's office.

Building on the foundation of the previous regional newpaper campaigns, the initiative, will focus on social mobility, providing a 'step up' in edducation, employment and life.

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Standard's Ladder for London campaign inspires nationwide apprenticeships scheme


Award-winning Evening Standard campaign Ladder for London, which ­created more than 1,500 apprenticeships, has inspired an initiative that is to go nationwide. 

Ladder for England was launched yesterday in the House of Commons by Robert Halfon MP, chairman of the Education Select Committee.

It will be run by the Ladder Apprenticeship Foundation with the aim of fostering apprenticeship campaigns in regional newspapers to inspire the creation of 10,000 new jobs and address issues of social mobility. 
The nationwide Ladder will be jointly led by Kevin Davis, CEO of The Vine Trust Walsall, and Eddie Stride, CEO of TransformUK.....Click Here for more

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Ladder for Greater Birmingham launched at LEP conference

By Tamlyn Jones 11:15, 28 SEP 2018

A new drive to create at least 1,000 apprenticeships across Birmingham and Solihull has been showcased to more than 300 business and civic leaders.

Ladder for Greater Birmingham was officially unveiled at the 2018 annual conference of economic body Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) ..........Click here for more


Studio School pioneers new T-Levels

Express and May 27 2018

The T-levels, which are technical qualifications at A-level standard, will be taught at Dudley College of Technology, Sandwell Academy, Walsall College and Walsall Studio School.

They are among just 10 further education providers across the Midlands chosen to taken part in the scheme which was part of Prime Minister Theresa May's general election manifesto.

Across the country, 52 schools and colleges have been named as the first T-level providers. The first three subjects will be construction, digital, and education and childcare, which will be taught from September 2020........Click here for more

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New Walsall school to get pupils 'Brexit ready' Dec 2017

That will also coincide with the formal launch of The Mercian Trust which will oversee six schools in the borough – Queen Mary's Grammar School, Queen Mary's High School, Walsall Studio School, Aldridge School, Shire Oak Academy and now The Ladder School. The development comes on the back of .....Click here for more.....

Ladder apprentice campaign rolls out over country Aug 2017
Responding to the challenge, the Express & Star teamed up with training provider Performance Through People (PTP), charity the Vine Trust, the Black ... Mr Davis is also chairman of the vocational Walsall Studio School which, with the Mercian Trust, will be launching the first Ladder School next year .
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