Local academy given 'exceptional' marks in Ofsted Inspection

Link Academy gains exceptional marks in Osted Inspection

The Link Academy in Netherton, Dudley, has leapt two grades in a recent Ofsted inspection and is now rated as ‘Good’ across the board.

To move from special measures to a rating of 'good’ in one go is an exceptional result only achieved by twelve other schools in the last ten years. Emma Edwards-Morgan, Principal at The Link Academy, said:

“When I joined the academy as principal three years ago, I said that it was a fantastic opportunity to change lives among the young people of Netherton and the surrounding area. Now I can say that we are truly giving our learners the education and opportunities that they deserve.

“This inspection report is a great reward for our staff, learners and parents and carers. I am so proud of them and look forward to more great progress in the future.

I am determined that we shall continue to improve and we have set our sights on achieving outstanding results for the children in our community.”

The Link Academy, formerly Hillcrest School and Community College, is one of four secondary academies that belong to Dudley Academies Trust, which also runs Blowers Green Primary. Lowell Williams, Chair of the Board of Trustees of Dudley Academies Trust added:

“I am delighted that Ofsted has recognised the very significant positive improvements that have been made; this is a resounding endorsement of the approach Dudley Academies Trust has been taking. I am certain that we will see continuing progress at The Link and across our other academies."


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