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Welcome from the Chief Executive

Dudley Academies Trust was set up to ensure a first-rate education for the young people of Dudley and the surrounding areas. We want all of our young people to have a high-quality education that will give them the foundations they need for a fulfilling life and a rewarding future career.

The Trust is not just a group of schools that are stronger together and help each other. We are an active Trust, constantly working to improve our academies and the opportunities for our learners. We have a large and experienced Central Team that can support each academy with leadership, teaching and learning, staff development, and sports and arts activities. The Central Team also takes care of the wide range of general management tasks on behalf of the headteacher, including the maintenance of buildings, financial management, IT, HR and all aspects of governance and compliance. At the heart of all we do are the progress and wellbeing of our children.

We believe that having a large, thriving and mutually supportive group of primary schools within the Trust will be vital to achieving our aim of transforming the prospects of young people in Dudley. I am delighted to welcome Kates Hill Primary School into Dudley Academies Trust, where I am sure that it will flourish. Kates Hill already sets and achieves high standards, and I look forward to assisting with its journey towards excellence.

We are committed to providing the best possible start to our learners’ education. They will then enjoy a seamless transition into secondary academies and have the opportunity to progress on to post-16 provision at our sponsor, Dudley College of Technology, and other Further Education institutes.

Jo Higgins - Chief Executive