A DUDLEY primary school has become the first primary to join the Dudley Academies Trust.

The Blowers Green Road school, which is rated outstanding by Ofsted, has joined the trust which currently runs four secondary school in Dudley.

Jo Higgins, Chief Executive of Dudley Academies Trust, said: "I am delighted to welcome Blowers Green Primary, which is a perfect example of how primary schools should be run. This is a move that speaks volumes about the ambition of the Trust and its sponsor, Dudley College of Technology, to provide an excellent education from nursery school all the way up to university level.

"The Trust was set up to help transform education for the young people of Dudley and the surrounding areas. By welcoming primary schools into the Trust, we can underpin all of our other work. If we give learners the best possible start to their education, they can then go on to gain maximum benefit from our secondary academies and the excellent post-16 opportunities provided by Dudley College of Technology and other leading educational institutions.

"Blowers Green will be the first primary school to join us and we hope that it will be the first of many. In the meantime, I am keen to get to work with the outstanding team of teachers and support staff who have made Blowers Green the success that it is today."

Surinder Sehmbi, headteacher of Blowers Green, said joining the trust would be a 'considerable advantage' for the school.

She said: "This is an exciting stage in the life of the school and I believe that there are considerable advantages for us.

"We will benefit from the professional advice, management expertise and constant support that the Trust is able to offer us. We will be able to concentrate on teaching and learning, while the Trust takes away the burden of managing our buildings, upgrading our IT, applying for grants and attracting and recruiting staff.

"I believe that this is the way forward for our school and for education in our area."

Dudley Academies Trust, which is sponsored by Dudley College of Technology, currently runs Beacon Hill Academy, Pegasus Academy, St James Academy and The Link Academy.