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Central Region Schools Trust was established in September 2012 when Arrow Vale Community High School became a Sponsored Academy. Originally named Redditch RSA Academies Trust, it is now known as Central Region Schools Trust.

The Governors at Arrow Vale chose to become an RSA Academy, recognising the benefits of close affiliation with the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA). This decision led to the school joining the RSA Family of Academies under an umbrella trust, along with The RSA Academy, Tipton, and Whitley Academy. Our Trust was established as a Multi-Academy Trust (MAT), allowing Ipsley CE Middle School to formally join with Arrow Vale as Ipsley CE RSA Academy in January 2013.

Arrow Vale's success led to its recognition by the DfE as a National Support School, and Guy Shears was appointed as a National Leader of Education in 2015. The school became a National Teaching School in September 2015 as part of the RSA Academies Teaching School Alliance.

The MAT expanded in March 2016 when Church Hill Middle School and Abbeywood First School joined, providing a seamless curriculum from ages 9 to 19 in the Redditch Pyramid. The Trust was renamed Central RSA Academies Trust (CRSAAT) in 2017, reflecting its vision.

The RSA Academy, Tipton, joined the Trust in September 2017, establishing a North and South hub. The Trust became the lead organisation for the RSA Academies Teaching School Alliance.

In January 2019, Sutton Park Primary joined the MAT, strengthening primary provision. Additional schools, including Oldbury Park Primary RSA Academy, St. Stephen’s CE RSA Academy, Arrow Valley First School, and Waseley Hills High School, joined us in following years.

The Trust actively seeks schools that share our vision within the West Midlands Conurbation. In September 2021, CRSAAT was rebranded as Central Region Schools Trust, and RSA Academy was renamed Gospel Oak. Subsequently, in January 2022, Holyhead School, a mixed secondary school and sixth form, became a part of our Trust. We then welcomed Lickhill Primary School into our fold in January 2023, followed by Oak Hill First School in January 2024.

Thank you for taking the time to learn about the growth and evolution of Central Region Schools Trust.

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Central Region Schools Trust
B.06 Assay Studios
141 - 143 Newhall Street
Birmingham, B3 1SF

0121 270 3117

Abbeywood First School, Wood Piece Ln, Church Hill Way, Redditch, B98 9LR

01527 962794

Arrow Vale High School, Matchborough Way, Redditch, B98 0GF

01527 526800

Arrow Valley First School CRST, Colts Lane, Redditch, Worcestershire, B98 0LH

01527 528 111

Church Hill Middle School, Wood Piece Lane, Church Hill, Redditch, Worcestershire, B98 9LR

01527 962794

Gospel Oak School, Bilston Road, Tipton, DY4 0BZ

0121 556 1351

Holyhead School, Milestone Lane, Handsworth, Birmingham, B21 0HN

0121 523 1960

Ipsley C of E Middle School, Winyates Way, Winyates, Redditch, Worcestershire, B98 0UB

01527 525725

Lickhill Primary School, Almond Way, Stourport-on-Severn, Worcestershire, DY13 8UA

01299 871803

Oak Hill First School, Wirehill Drive, Lodge Park, Redditch, Worcestershire, B98 7JU

01527 528 523

Oldbury Park Primary School, Oldbury Road, Worcester, WR2 6AA

01905 424 878

St Stephen's CofE First School, Mabey Avenue, Redditch, B98 8HW

01527 63911

Sutton Park Primary School, Greatfield Road, Kidderminster, DY11 6PH

01562 67742

Waseley Hills High School School Road Rubery Birmingham B45 9EL

0121 453 5211