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Trust invests £70,000 on academy websites

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An educational trust has fulfilled a digital initiative which had been the brainchild of a former trust leader who sadly passed away recently. Former executive principal of Cheadle Academy, and latterly the CEO of Staffordshire University Academies Trust (SUAT), passed away on September 23 after battling with Covid-19.

An educational trust has fulfilled a digital initiative which had been the brainchild of a former trust leader who sadly passed away recently.

Former executive principal of Cheadle Academy, and latterly the CEO of Staffordshire University Academies Trust (SUAT), passed away on September 23 after battling with Covid-19.

Now, SUAT has rolled out 21 new websites for its educational establishments, giving each academy a “fresh, high performing and beautifully designed website” – an initiative which Keith had been working on within his role as CEO.

A spokesman for SUAT said: “The trust, which has grown rapidly in the past five years, had outgrown its existing website structure. We recognised that the websites needed to be more accessible and easier to navigate for pupils and parents.

SUAT worked with a local agency to roll out a new website strategy, to provide each of its academies with an updated, well designed, user friendly and highly functional website.

The £70,000 investment means that each school now has its own website, with its own content and style, but follows the trust’s structure and has a consistent and professional look and feel.”

They added: “All of the new websites now also support teaching and learning. During lockdown, like every school, teachers were overwhelmed with a need to take learning online. The websites are now future-proofed and provide a digital educational facility for each school.

SUAT worked closely with its web agency to develop its own unique template which was first applied to its own website and then rolled out to its primary and secondary schools.

This new website structure is highly secure and has a transparent and useable content management system which allows the schools to manage their own website effectively.”

SUAT Interim CEO and Accounting Officer, Rachel Bailye further explained: “The website project was the brainchild of our late CEO Keith Hollins, so we are pleased and proud to have seen it through for him.

Our new websites are fantastic and we’re all incredibly happy with them. They’re streamlined, visually representative of the trust and brilliantly user friendly.

Each one of our academies has been able to benefit from this investment, as will any that choose to join our trust in the future.

Previously our websites were functional but needed updating and we wanted a more transparent content management system which would allow all of our schools to have more control over their own website. These new websites deliver that whilst looking professional, friendly, smart and a great portal for information about each school.”

Sue Machin, Principal at St Edward’s, Cheddleton said: “We’re pleased to have a fantastic new look website that is so much more user friendly for all.”

The new website has been rolled out to these academies in the Cheadle and Moorlands area: St Edward’s CE Academy, Cheddleton; Horton St Michael’s, Leek; St Peter’s CE Academy, Alton; and St Luke’s CE Academy, Endon.

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