Hagley Park Academy opened as a sponsored academy in September 2011 in the former colliery town of Rugeley. The Creative Education Trust’s skills and employability agenda particularly appealed to Governors and Staffordshire County Council because of the fit with plans to encourage new businesses to establish themselves in the town. Hagley Park shares the Rugeley Sixth Form Academy with neighbouring Fair Oak Academy. The Hagley Park team under Michael Astley is rigorously focused on educational improvement supported by the Trust’s Education Challenge Programme. In the two years it has been part of the Trust, Hagley Park has improved its 5A*-C including English and Maths by 17% to 53% in 2013. We see a bright future for Hagley Park Academy, and this was reflected in its first Ofsted inspection since becoming an academy in which leadership and management were singled out for praise, as well as the expertise and experience brought to bear by the Trust’s staff.