Dudley Academy Trust is embarking on a new era of its development with an ambitious new Strategic Plan and a new image for its schools. Starting from September 2018 High Arcal Academy will be known as Beacon Hill Academy, Holly Hall Academy is becoming Pegasus Academy, Hillcrest Academy is changing to The Link Academy and Castle Academy is to be named St James Academy. The names have been developed by students and mark a new exiting time for the four schools.
We are pleased to announce that Mr Landers has been appointed Principal of Holly Hall Academy. Mr Landers has been interim Principal since January 2018. One of his key tasks will be implementing the DAT’s new strategic plan, which was released this week. He said: “I am delighted to be taking up the reins at Holly Hall. I truly believe this is an exciting time for the Academy and for the Trust as a whole. I am fully committed to delivering all of the strategic priorities in our new plan, as I believe the young people of Dudley deserve the very best from their education, which I will work tirelessly with my staff to give them.”
Dudley Academies Trust (DAT) has committed to accelerating the pace of progress in its schools with the publication of its blueprint for change: The Dudley Academies Trust Strategic Plan 2018-2021. The Plan sets out an ambitious transformational agenda for the four schools of Castle High School, High Arcal School, Hillcrest School and Community College and Holly Hall Academy.
Following the publication of an Ofsted report which identifies the overall effectiveness of Holly Hall Academy has “inadequate” the newly formed Dudley Academies Trust (DAT) has committed to accelerating the pace of progress in the school and improving the outcomes for learners. The Trust which took over responsibility for the school in September 2017 was recognised by Ofsted as a source of positive change. The official report praises The Trust commenting: “The newly formed trust has swiftly gained an accurate view of the quality of education in the school. They have acted quickly and there are signs of standards improving.” Inspectors observed that the newly formed board of trustees had “taken swift action to improve outcomes for pupils.” In particular they had seen evidence of the trust making sure resources were available such as the provision of additional support for English and mathematics teaching and the delivery of a bespoke training programme for the school’s leaders.
The newly formed Dudley Academies Trust (DAT), which is under the sponsorship of Dudley College of Technology, has made another key appointment with the engagement of Jo Bull, to the role of Headteacher: High Arcal School. Jo, who is currently Interim Headteacher, will take up the post with immediate effect.
Dudley Academies Trust wishes to hear all views on the proposed new mission and vision statements for the Trust. These will provide the underpinning goals of the Trust and set the future strategic direction.
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The newly created Dudley Academies Trust (DAT) which brings together Castle High School, Hillcrest School and Community College, Holly Hall Academy and High Arcal School under the sponsorship of Dudley College of Technology, has confirmed the appointment of its first Board of Trustees. Drawing together expertise from across the educational, business and community sectors the DAT has brought together an eleven strong team to direct the Trust and work with the staff of the four schools to shape future success.
The newly appointed Trustees of the recently formed Dudley Academies Trust have been confirmed.