TEACHING SCHOOL ALLIANCE WITH TWO LOCAL SCHOOLS

We are pleased to announce Elmwood School’s association with two new Teaching School Alliances across the borough of Walsall, these being Lindens Primary School and Evolve Teaching School Alliance – based at Barr Beacon. This is a massive achievement and recognition of the hard work and skilled professionals we have at Elmwood and in turn the skills we can ultimately share with other school settings across the borough (and beyond). Both host schools are outstanding in their own sectors but want an added dimension to strengthen the offer of school to school support; initial teaching training; leadership development; continual professional development; Specialist Leaders of Education and research and they have both certainly got that with Elmwood.

Keep your eyes and ears open as news spreads of the impact we are having with other schools and look out for the updates on the website regarding Teaching Schools Alliances.

In addition to this, being part of an outstanding alliance enables our staff to further develop their knowledge and understanding through high quality training and coaching-which will benefit all the pupils of Elmwood now and in the future.

PENTAX DIGITAL CAMERAWe are also extremely proud to announce the achievements of Mr Martin Hawkes (Specialist Leader in Education – Behaviour & Discipline) and Mr Daniel Whittaker (Specialist Leader in Education – Learning outside of the classroom) for achieving this accolade and we look forward to sharing their skills and knowledge with other professionals in need of that support.

PROGRESS AND ACHIEVEMENT AFTERNOON

All parents and carers have the opportunity to attend School on 14th January 2015 when they will be able to discuss their child’s progress as well as look at their potential for the coming term.  There will also be an opportunity for a satisfaction survey to be completed so that any areas of development as well as positives can be highlighted.

HOME TO SCHOOL TRAVEL CONSULTATION

Parents and Carers are being consulted over budget changes at Walsall Council that will affect Home to School Transport next year.  The consultation period is open until 5th January 2015 and a questionnaire and detailed letter are available on the Parents area of our website. Hard copies of the documents are available from the School Office.

CHILDREN IN NEED

PENTAX DIGITAL CAMERAStaff and pupils enjoyed a belated day of fun in aid of Children in Need on Monday 17th November due to the School being closed for training on Friday 14th.  Children in Nurture enjoyed a host of activities including Pudsey biscuit making and so far £75.00 has been raised for this worthwhile cause.  Photographs are available in the gallery section.

YEAR 6 OPEN EVENING VISIT

Parents and Carers of students currently in Year 6 are welcome to visit the School ahead of their child transferring in September 2015; this will take place on Monday 6th October at 3.30 pm.  During this visit there will be an opportunity to have a tour around the facilities on offer as well as meet with staff.  We look forward to welcoming you to Elmwood.

EXAMINATION SUCCESS

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.

ALLOTMENT SUCCESS

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

 

 

SUMMER SCHEME

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.

INDUSTRIAL ACTION

RE: STRIKE ACTION – THURSDAY 10TH JULY 2014

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.