I am delighted to report that we have just found out that St. James’ Primary School in Brownhills has ben granted an Academy Order from the Department for Education to join Stephen Sutton Multi-Academy Trust. For around a year now, Lorna Harvey (St. James’ Headteacher) and myself have been talking about St. James’ potential involvement in the Trust and I’ve been enjoying spending time at St. James’. There have also been a variety of ways in which staff, students and governors from St. James’ and Chase Terrace Technology College have been talking and working together. The schools share a very inclusive ethos, a strong community focus, high ambition for their pupils/students and a keen desire to collaborate: key attributes for partner schools in our newly formed Trust. It will take a few months to work through the remainder of the process, but St. James’ could be a SSMAT school by late Autumn.