Dudley Academies Trust launches ambitious blueprint for the future
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.
At a press launch at the Black Country Museum under the theme of education in Dudley, past, present and future – staff and students from the four schools, alongside Ian Austin, MP, and Lowell Williams Chief Executive Officer Dudley College of Technology and Chair of the Board of Dudley Academies Trust, shared detailed plans for future investment, including £4.5million to be spent over the summer in refurbishing the four schools.
Jo Higgins, Chief Executive of the Trust, said of the plan: “This is a truly exciting time to be part of Dudley Academies Trust. The Trust has been in existence for just over six months and in that time we have already begun to see a sea change in our schools. We have recently recruited some excellent new staff, who will join us in September and will help to drive up achievements in English and mathematics. Our learners who are at the heart of everything we do, have helped us create new values for our schools and we have reshaped our curriculum too. The publication of our Strategic Plan lays out our intentions 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.”
Commenting on the event Lowell Williams welcomed the Trust’s goals as laid out in the eight strategic priorities of the plan, which describe the way in which the Trust will create an aspirant culture in the schools, develop exemplary behaviour from students, provide outstanding teaching and learning and develop its staff, amongst its key priorities. Remarking on the future of the Trust Lowell said: “We have already come a long way but there is an even longer journey to go if we are to give the young people of Dudley the first class education they deserve. But there is absolutely nothing standing in our way as I am confident we have the skills and expertise to do just that. ”
In thanking everyone for attending the event Ian Austin, MP reaffirmed his pledge to support the Trust because: “I have always said that education and skills should be the number one priority to give youngsters in our town the best start in life. Giving the young people of Dudley the skills they need to build their future careers is not only the right thing for them but also for the region; if Dudley as a place is to grow and prosper.” Reminding everyone that Dudley was at the heart of much of the Industrial Revolution, as showcased across the Black Country Living Museum, the venue of the event, he urged students and staff alike to: “Embrace new technological skills and be at the forefront of the new industrial revolution, to make sure they could follow their most exciting career choices in the future.”
The Dudley Academies Trust Strategic Plan 2018-2021 is available to read at
“I have always said that education and skills should be the number one priority to give youngsters in our town the best start in life. Giving the young people of Dudley the skills they need to build their future careers is not only the right thing for them but also for the region; if Dudley as a place is to grow and prosper.”