UK’s first education trust
A pioneering project to transform educational
opportunities in the Halesowen area was officially launched in
partnership with the University of Wolverhampton.
The Halesowen Education Trust is the first of its kind in the
The area’s secondary schools, The Earls High, Windsor and
Leasowes, have formed a Trust federation with Halesowen College,
with the support of the University, Dudley Local Authority and
Its role is to provide opportunities for progression for
students from the three schools and the college, with the
University encouraging them to aspire to higher education.
The Trust was launched at The Earls High on December 10 with a
telephone conference with Schools Minister Jim Knight. He talked
about the opportunities the Trust would create and also spoke to
Officials from the Department for Children, Schools and
Families’ City Challenges – a £160 million scheme to boost schools
in the Black Country, London and Greater Manchester - met the heads
of the schools and members of the Trust board, along with local MP
Professor Sir Geoff Hampton, Pro Vice Chancellor for Education
Partnerships at the University and Chief Adviser of the Black
Country Challenge, has chaired the Trust Board and expressed his
delight at the launch.
“This is an innovative and exciting initiative which will
increase the range of opportunities for Halesowen students, who
will benefit from a wider curriculum offering and clear
opportunities for progression, “he said.
“The combination of the three successful schools will give the
widest possible access to specialist facilities with students
moving between different locations in pursuit of their
“Added to this will be the courses offered by the College and
University which will mean that the potential for studying through
to degree level has never been more straight forward."
Board members for the Trust include Sir Geoff Hampton (Chair),
the West Midlands Institute of Directors, Skillforce, Rathbone,
Connexions and the Learning and Skills Council.