The Link Academy

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The Link Academy
Link Academy Logo.png
Logo of the school
The Link Academy is located in Dudley, West Midlands
The Link Academy is located in Dudley, West Midlands
The Link Academy
Simms Lane

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Coordinates52°29′34″N 2°05′16″W / 52.4929°N 2.0879°W / 52.4929; -2.0879Coordinates: 52°29′34″N 2°05′16″W / 52.4929°N 2.0879°W / 52.4929; -2.0879
Established2018/19 (2018/19)
Local authorityDudley
TrustDudley Academies Trust
Department for Education URN144952 Tables
PrincipalMs Edwards
Age11 to 16
Telephone01384 816500

The Link Academy, formerly known as the Hillcrest School and Community College, is a secondary school located in the Netherton area of Dudley, West Midlands, England.


The school was first opened in 1958 as one of two new secondary schools in Netherton, the other being the Saltwells Secondary School. Both schools replaced a smaller pre-fabricated school in Halesowen Road, known locally as "The Iron School". Saltwells School closed in 1986, with pupils and staff transferred to an expanded Hillcrest, though due to a lack of capacity some pupils had to attend other nearby schools.

The school's current Principal is April Garratt, who took over in Easter 2007. Her predecessor, Dame Maureen Brennan, was appointed a Dame Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in December 2005, in recognition of her services to local education after turning around the formerly struggling school. However, allegations of fraud involving doctoring attendance records emerged after her departure from the school in 2007.[1]

In February 2017, plans were announced for the school to become part of a new academy sponsored by Dudley College, alongside Castle High School, Holly Hall School, and High Arcal School.[2] The academy opened in September 2017, with the school's name officially changing a year later.[3]


  1. ^ "Dame named in fraud probe". Dudley News. Newsquest. 12 December 2007. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  2. ^ "New £60m academy trust to be launched across Dudley". Express & Star. Midland News Association. 6 Feb 2017. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  3. ^ "Four Dudley schools set for a name change in September". Dudley News. Newsquest. 19 July 2018. Retrieved 6 November 2018.