Welcome from the Chief Executive
Dudley Academies Trust is a relatively new organisation set up to help transform education in Dudley. With the backing of our sponsor, Dudley College of Technology, we have already achieved much.
At the end of our first year of being fully operational, all four of our secondary academies had improved achievement and progress at GCSE. In 2020, all four again recorded significantly improved GCSE grades. In 2023, all four again achieved improved GCSE results.
In 2019, Pegasus Academy moved up a grade following an Ofsted inspection and in 2022, The Link Academy leapt two grades in one go to ‘Good’, an exceptional result only achieved by twelve other schools in the previous ten years.
In February 2020, Blowers Green Primary School, graded 'Excellent' by Ofsted in 2016, joined the Trust as the founding member of our primary phase. The Trust aims to offer a route from Nursery and Reception all the through to the A Levels, T Levels, vocational courses, apprenticeships and degree-level courses offered by our sponsor, Dudley College of Technology.
We are able to achieve these and many other advances because we have a large and experienced Central Team that supports each academy with its leadership, teaching, building programmes, sports and activities, financial management, staff training, IT and – most importantly – the progress and wellbeing of our learners.
We have recruited numerous excellent staff to our academies and made some outstanding appointments to their leadership teams. Our Central Team is successfully supporting the teachers in each academy, sharing best practice and helping them to set higher and higher standards. We have introduced a proven system of rewards and behaviour management that has changed the culture of our classrooms, accompanied by a raft of new approaches to teaching. Over £10 million has already been invested in improving the buildings and facilities within our academies, while new networks and thousands of PCs and laptops ave transformed the IT experience of our learners and staff.
We have even bigger plans for the years to come. We aim to build a centre of educational excellence and best practice that will further, significantly change the prospects for our learners and the outcomes that they can aspire to. Our academies will inspire learners to achieve their best, to ‘Dream Big’ and to know that a variety of positive life choices are within their reach. We are determined to deliver on those objectives.
The DAT Revolution
Our story so far
Creating Inspirational Schools
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Kates Hill Primary joins Dudley Academies Trust
Wednesday 1st June 2022 marks an important occasion for Dudley Academies Trust, as Kates Hill Primary officially transfers into the Trust’s family of schools, under the active sponsorship of Dudley College of Technology.
Exceptional Ofsted inspection result
The Link Academy in Netherton, Dudley, has leapt two grades in a recent Ofsted inspection and is now rated as ‘Good’ across the board. Moving from ‘Special Measures’ to ‘Good’ in one go is an exceptional result only achieved by twelve other schools in the last ten...
Third year of improved GCSE results
Jo Higgins, Chief Executive of Dudley Academies Trust said, “I am delighted with the progress shown in these remarkable results and delighted for our learners.
Sukhjot Dhami appointed as Principal of Beacon Hill Academy
2020 League Tables show academic progress in every academy
All four Trust secondary academies see an improvement in their Progress 8 scores. All four academies see an improvement in their Progress 8 scores for disadvantaged learners. All four academies see an improvement in their Attainment 8 scores. Three academies see an improvement in their percentage...
Ian Moore appointed at St James
New principal appointed from proven management team
GCSE Results improve in all four academies
Improvements shown in attainment and progress
Pegasus Academy goes up a grade
Ofsted inspection says school is improving
Learning with Artificial Intelligence
Century AI software is introduced to accelerate learners’ progress in English, Mathematics and Science.
Emma Edwards-Morgan appointed as Principal at The Link Academy
As an ex-pupil, Emma becomes a news story when she finds some of her schoolgirl artwork still on display.
£500,000 investment in IT
Delivery starts of 1,080 new PCs and 280 laptops. Dudley College donates another 100 PCs. Major improvements are made to cabling and wireless networks.
Pandas encourage attendance
Perfect Attendance – No Days Absent attendance strategy is launched across the Trust.
The Academy day is extended by one period on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays for all Year 11s.
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.
Learners start the term with new uniforms (free blazers and ties), a new school day and new teaching methods centred around Collaborative Learning.
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.
Developing our estate
Work starts on £4.5 million worth of improvements to the fabric of the four academies.
First appointments to the Central Team
Experienced professionals are recruited to lead on data management, estates, finance, HR, IT, marketing and leadership development.
Andy Landers appointed Principal at Pegasus Academy
Andy moves over from the SLT at Hillcrest.
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.
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.
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.
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.
DAT Announces Board of Trustees
The Trustees comprise highly successful leaders from education, business and the public sector.
Launch of Dudley Academies Trust
Four Dudley secondary schools are brought together under the sponsorship of Dudley College of Technology to form a new Multi Academy Trust.