Dudley Academies Trust


Dudley Academies Trust

Dudley Academies Trust is beginning the new academic year with a new identity for the four schools that are members of the Trust.

  • High Arcal Academy is Beacon Hill Academy
  • Holly Hall Academy is Pegasus Academy
  • Hillcrest Academy is The Link Academy
  • Castle Academy is St James Academy

Dudley Academies Trust CEO Jo Higgins said: “The new names were created by learners in our schools as were the Trust’s Values which are an important part of the culture we foster.

“Our values of dreaming big, rewarding effort, leading together, respecting each other and our world and creating learning that inspires reflect the positive philosophy that we nurture amongst all of our learners.

“Last year was also a significant year for the Trust as we published our first ever Strategic Plan. This sets out our ambitions for the next three years and establishes our intention to accelerate the pace of change in our schools, so that students can discover more, do more and achieve more.

“The eight strategic priorities in the plan cover all aspects of each school’s operations including new curriculum developments, and an intensive staff development programme to drive up the quality of teaching and learning. 

The Plan is available for all parents to read at:

“Our school buildings experienced a major refurbishment with a £4.5million investment to improve the fabric of all of the buildings including the installation of new heating and lighting systems to improve the comfort of learners and provide better spaces in which they can learn.

We have also re-shaped our curriculum in Year 7 so that we create an easy transition process for all learners from Year 6.

Learners spend significant blocks of time with one teacher focusing on developing the foundations for highly effective learning in future years.

“There is a particular emphasis on literacy, numeracy and digital literacy in this foundation year.

“This prepares learners to progress to GCSE courses where a wide range of subjects are available with the core subjects: English, Mathematics, Science and PE complemented by three optional subjects and a technical qualification.”

Jo added: “The Trust is also investing in enhancing the quality of the careers advice and guidance all learners receive, as we see this as a critical part of ensuring our young people maximise their potential and have very defined goals that they are aiming for.

“Our responsive curriculum uses excellent opportunities to link directly with employers and in partnership with the Trust’s sponsor: Dudley College of Technology, learners are able to access a range of enhancement experiences that help them to consider their career choices and the routes they can take to achieve their goals.

“If you are looking for a dynamic progressive school in which your child can discover their dreams and work towards achieving them, in a supportive but demanding environment, please take the opportunity to visit one of our Open Events.

“If you think you know what our schools are like – think again. Come and see for yourself the impact of the positive changes we’ve been making.”

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