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Tributes to “unique” education leader

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Tributes have been paid to a trailblazer in education. Keith Hollins, who sadly passed away on Thursday (September 23) after battling with coronavirus, had been a trailblazer in education across Staffordshire and further afield.

Tributes have been paid to a trailblazer in education.

Keith Hollins, who sadly passed away on Thursday (September 23) after battling with coronavirus, had been a trailblazer in education across Staffordshire and further afield.

He had once been the Executive Principal for Cheadle Academy and, more recently, he was the CEO of Staffordshire University Academies Trust which includes schools in the Cheadle and Uttoxeter areas.

In a statement from Staffordshire University Academies Trust, a spokesman said: “It is with deepest regret that Staffordshire University Academies Trust must announce the passing of CEO Keith Hollins, on Thursday (September 23), surrounded by his family.

Since Friday, September 3, Keith was being cared for at Royal Stoke University Hospital, after being admitted with persistent symptoms of coronavirus.

The impact Keith had on so many lives will always remain a part of his legacy and he will be deeply missed.

Our thoughts go out to Keith’s family, his wife Tracy and children Chris and Jenny. The staff at the trust, along with the academy principals will be on hand to offer support to those who need it.”

Keith’s wife, Tracy, said on Thursday: “I am beyond devastated to inform you all that sadly Keith died at 2.45pm this afternoon. Thankfully, Chris, Jenny and I were able to be with him today, forever in our hearts.

He was so proud of SUAT, of all the schools and everything that we achieved together. I hope that his legacy lives on.”

Professor Martin Jones, Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive Designate at Staffordshire University added: “Keith was an inspirational educator and unique leader who will be very much missed by our university community.

He was a trailblazer for school collaboration, and instrumental to the growing success of Staffordshire University Academies Trust.

He became the trust’s first CEO when he was appointed in 2015 and under his leadership SUAT grew to become one of the biggest and most innovative trust’s in the country.

Our thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues at this very sad time.”

Keith Hollins was the headteacher of Westwood College in Leek, which he led to ‘outstanding’ grades from Ofsted in 2007, 2008 and 2010. He was also the Executive Principal of four high schools in North Staffordshire, which included Cheadle Academy, from 2007 to 2014.

He was a National Leader of Education from 2008 to 2015; supporting several schools out of Special Measures during this time. Keith also served on numerous steering groups including Building Schools for the Future, the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust, the Innovation Unit, the National College for Teaching and Leadership and the Local Children’s Trust.

Keith was awarded an honorary doctorate by Staffordshire University for his contribution to the education service in Staffordshire.

Keith’s latest role in education had been that of CEO of the Staffordshire University Academies Trust which includes schools in the Moorlands and in East Staffordshire such as: St Peter’s Academy in Alton, St Edward’s in Cheddleton, St Augustine’s Academy in Draycott-in-the-Clay, Tynsel Parkes Academy in Uttoxeter, Dove Academy in Uttoxeter, and All Saint’s Academy in Denstone.

The Staffordshire University Academies Trust spokesman added: “The trust will be putting together a tribute in Keith’s honour in due course which will document all his incredible achievements over his 40-year career.

Should anyone wish to share tributes or cards, they can be sent to SUAT’s Head Office: Staffordshire University Academies Trust, Kern House, Brooms Road, Stone, Staffordshire, ST15 0TL. These will be passed on to Keith’s family from there.”

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