2014 GCSE Examination Results

Another very successful results day for the 2014 Year 11 leavers who received their examination results in the post on Thursday 21st August. The average grade achieved by pupils has improved across English, maths and science with two pupils managing to secure GCSE C grades in their English and maths, a first for the School. Our pupils accessing alternate provisions should also be extremely proud of their achievements with 8 out of 9 pupils securing a Post 16 provision in September 2014; this is the perfect benchmark for their future carers and aspirations. For those who may still be in need of any help and assistance then please contact Jayne Fairley from 2nd September 2014 who will continue to support you in the coming years.

These results are testament to the hard work of everybody within the Elmwood Community and continues our ‘rapid’ improvement demonstrated over the past four years.

Congratulations to everybody you should be extremely proud of your achievements.


Over the past year students and staff have been busy working on our local allotment area, which from the photographs you can see the transformation. The site has been cultivated with clearing, shed painting, sowing and the best part, yielding crops which have then been eaten!  Well done to everyone who has played a part in this project.

allotment-before allotment-after




Our new students joining us in September will be able to join in the fun at our summer scheme which runs for two weeks from week commencing 4th August.  With lots of activities both in and out of School to take part in we hope our new students soon feel part of our community ahead of the start of the new term.



Unfortunately Elmwood School will be closed to all pupils on Thursday 10th July as a result of the industrial action affecting some teaching and non teaching trade unions. The decision to close the School has not been taken lightly but, in this instance where staff have elected to take lawful industrial action, the School has no choice but to take the appropriate steps to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of all pupils.





Following consultation with Governors, parents, staff, pupils and the Local Authority, Elmwood School will be changing the times of the School day from September.  This has been ratified by Rose Collinson, Interim Executive Director who  wrote ‘I thought it was a compelling and evidenced case and support the way ahead. I can see some early nights for children and early walks for dogs on the horizon!’

Below is how the new day will operate.

8.25 – 8.40 8.40 – 9.00 9.00 – 9.30 9.30 – 10.10 10.10 – 10.50 10.50 – 11.00 11.00 – 11.10 11.10 – 11.50 11.50 – 12.00 12.00 – 12.30 12.30 – 12.45 12.45 – 13.30 13.30 – 14.15 14.15 – 14.25
Briefing Activities Breakfast Lesson 1 Lesson 2 GD/RW Break Lesson 3 GD/RW Lunch Social Reading Lesson 4 Lesson 5 GD/RW


DSCF5835Four students in Year 10 accompanied Mr Whittaker, Mr Holmes and Mr Middleton on a residential trip to Shropshire on June 10th.  The students enjoyed preparing and cooking fresh fish and game as well as other activities such as cycling and a night walk.  The expedition was enjoyed by all as you can see from some of the pictures on the photo gallery.


Elmwood School are celebrating again following a two day visit from Derek Bawden of Investors In People when we were awarded GOLD status.  A selection of staff, both new and old, were interviewed during the process which recognised that the School not only cares for its staff and pupils but also the wider community through their Charity Work.


The School recently had a two day inspection by Ofsted on the 18th and 19th March 2014.  Mr Martyn Groucutt was the Lead Inspector who spent time with the leadership team, observing lessons, meeting Governors and speaking with pupils.  We are thrilled to inform you that the school was judged as GOOD which is a brilliant achievement.  Ofsted reinforced this within their report by stating that ‘students achieve well’ ,’teaching is good throughout the school’, ‘Leaders have a clear vision of a successful school’, students and their parents believe that school is a safe place where students are well cared for’.  A big thank you to Parents and Carers who helped contribute during the inspection either via parentmail or with verbal/written comments.  Pupils were  great ambassadors for the School during their discussions with the Inspector and also the students who were selected to read to him.  Our journey to outstanding has now begun as we strive to make Elmwood simply the best!! The report is available to read on the Ofsted section of the website.


Sport Relief logoPupils and staff will be raising funds for Sport Relief on Friday 21st March when  the four house teams of Ennis, Ainslie, Murray and Wiggins will be competing for the title of making the most money!  Pupils are busy seeking sponsors to claim the house prize having competed in three sporting activities – the pressure is on Ennis house the current cup holders.