Dudley Academies Trust is the latest multi-academy trust to be created, uniting Castle High School, Hillcrest School and Community College, Holly Hall Academy and High Arcal School under the sponsorship of Dudley College of Technology.
The Dudley Academies Trust will bring together the expertise of the staff from the four schools with that of the college so that together their combined management and resources can:
The Trust has a strong emphasis on providing the very best educational experience for pupils so they can experience both academic and personal success.
With a strong emphasis on English and mathematics skills as the foundation for academic success, exciting new ways of teaching these critical subjects are at the heart of what the Trust is doing.
Based on the tried and trusted Dudley College “4 As programme” which focusses on raising levels of Aspiration, Attitude, Attendance and Achievement, the schools will be looking to replicate some of this approach, which has allowed Dudley College to be rated by Ofsted as an outstanding provider.
Along with a new Trust comes the appointment of a board of trustees with a new Chief Executive Officer.
Chair of the board of trustees is Lowell Williams who brings a wealth of educational experience and whose inspirational leadership of Dudley College has driven its Ofsted grading of outstanding.
Trustees Sir Mark Grundy and Suzanne Edwards will bring extensive experience of educational leadership to the board, whilst fellow trustees David Whatton QPM, Tom Westley and Martin Dudley will bring skills and knowledge from their respective fields in public service and business.
In addition, the college’s Vice Principal Finance and Resources, Andrew Comyn, will join the board and will lead on resource and procurement management.
The new Chief Executive Officer of the Trust, Jo Higgins, comes to the West Midlands after a career in school leadership in West Yorkshire where she has been involved in the development of a Multi-Academy Trust of eleven schools.
Born in West Bromwich, Jo is looking forward to returning to the region and helping to build the success of the Trust with the schools’ Headteachers.
To find out more about Dudley’s newest Multi-Academy Trust visit dudleymat.org.uk
THE VIEW FROM THE PRINCIPAL:
Commenting on the Trust, Lowell Williams, Principal of Dudley College, said: “Bringing together the combined strengths of four secondary schools alongside Dudley College will give us the best chance of providing outstanding technical education to Dudley’s young people.
We know that educational outcomes are not as high as they should be and we will work tirelessly to address this.
“Our plans are aspirational, not only for the development of our teaching and learning strategies and our curriculum, but also for the future transformation of theschools’ estates.
As sponsor, the college will release up to half a million pounds to the Trust to kick start this process.”
Dudley Multi-Academy Trust
Dudley College Of Technology
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