The Principals of the six colleges in the Black Country came together today with their local MPs to celebrate the valuable work that is being done in the further education (FE) sector to transform the skills of young people and adults living across the local area. The meeting was the culmination of a range of activities locally and nationally which have been part of the Association of Colleges (AoC) campaign, under the umbrella title of the “Love our Colleges” which has called on government to invest more in colleges and their staff.
Over 200 guests including thirty students their families, friends and staff who have played a part in their success came together on Friday evening to celebrate their outstanding achievements in this year’s Celebrating Success gala event.
Award winners came from across all of the curriculum areas including STEM, Business, IT and Teaching, Service Industries, Technical and Creative and Cross College programmes and represented the full diversity of our student body – each with their own personal narrative as to how they had succeeded on their learning journey.
Staff and students of Dudley Sixth celebrated the achievements of learners in their annual awards ceremony yesterday evening. Thirty two individual winners were nominated for awards, reflecting the breadth of A Level provision at the college. Awards recognised outstanding individual performance and effort by learners during their A level studies.
Dudley College of Technology is celebrating another successful year of helping hundreds of learners to secure successful grades in their GCSE resits (grade 9-4 / as was A* -C), with 49% of learners achieving these grades in mathematics, and 67% in English. This year saw all subjects assessed under the new examination system which sees all results grade on a scale of 9 -1 with grade 4 being equivalent to the grade C which is traditionally seen as a pass.
Dudley Sixth College students have again excelled in their A Level studies, with an overall pass rate of 98%, which is above the national average and shows a consistent picture with last year’s results. Most pleasingly this year also saw a 5% increase on 2017 of the number of entries obtaining high grades (A*-C).
Lowell Williams Chief Executive Officer of Dudley College of Technology and Chair of the Board of Dudley Academies Trust today welcomed Rt Hon Damian Hinds MP – Secretary of State for Education and Andy Street West Midlands Mayor to the college for the launch of the West Midlands skills deal.
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.
Staff and students from Dudley College of Technology’s Peter Jones Enterprise Academy are celebrating a fabulous triple victory having been awarded the titles of: National Entrepreneur of the Year, Inspirational Student of the Year and Enterprise Manager of the Year at the national EntFest - the Peter Jones Foundation’s enterprise festival which the TV Dragon hosted at Buckingham University.
A bid led by Dudley College of Technology to re-develop a plot of land close to Dudley Town centre, by developing an Institute of Technology on the site has received the go ahead from the Department for Education.
Dudley Academies Trust 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.