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Our story so far

It takes time and great effort to create great schools, but we believe that with years of investment, improvement, strong leadership and great teaching, we can achieve excellence for our learners. Here is our story so far:

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  • Upgrade initiative

    The Academy day is extended by one period on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays for all Year 11s.

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  • Introducing Values Driven Expectations

    A new system of rewards and behaviour management brings a different culture to the schools and a boost to teaching and learning in the classrooms.

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  • All change!

    Learners start the term with new uniforms (free blazers and ties), a new school day and new teaching methods centred around Collaborative Learning.

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  • A new identity

    High Arcal Academy becomes Beacon Hill Academy, Holly Hall Academy is now Pegasus Academy, Hillcrest Academy changes to The Link Academy and Castle Academy is re-named St James Academy The names have been developed by students.

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  • Developing our estate

    Work starts on £4.5 million worth of improvements to the fabric of the four academies.

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  • First appointments to the Central Team

    Experienced professionals are recruited to lead on data management, estates, finance, HR, IT, marketing and leadership development.

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  • Andy Landers appointed Principal at Pegasus Academy

    Andy moves over from the SLT at Hillcrest.

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  • Launch of Strategic Plan 2018-20

    The Trust explains what it is going to achieve over the next three years and how it will achieve its ambitious targets.

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  • Introducing the Trust values

    Following a student leadership day, learners come up with the Trust values.

    • Dreaming big
    • Rewarding effort
    • Leading together
    • Respecting each other and our world
    • Learning that inspires.
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  • Jo Higgins appointed Chief Executive

    Jo Higgins joins from Penistone Grammar School with the aim of transforming the performance and estates of the four schools.

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  • Our new mission and vision:

    Working together we will develop inspirational schools which instil ambition and desire in young learners, open their minds, widen their horizons and equip them to succeed in a challenging world.

    Find out more about our Vision & Mission.

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