Our annual sports day event took place on Thursday 16th July 2015. Parents and Carers were warmly welcomed to come along and support their child as well as having the opportunity to take part. Refreshments were on offer- a big thank you to Starbucks in Walsall for supporting this event. The day was a great success with many School records being broken. Many congratulatios to the winning house team Wiggins who scored 272 points with Ennis coming in second with 258. Well done to everyone who took part.
The School recently used the services of Sue Buckle, Therapist of Sentir Bien Aromatherapy, in an effort to support our Year 11′s students during their build up towards their final GCSE examinations. The positive experience was reflected in some of the statements made by students who stated ‘I feel ready for my next exam – I wish it was today’, ‘Can you come every day as this would really help me manage during the day’. We will certainly be looking to use Sue again in the future and will be welcoming her back on the 15th July when she will be supporting parents and carers. Please check out Sue’s Facebook page for more information –
Elmwood School has been highlighted within a local primary school’s recent Ofsted report (May 2015) reinforcing the impact we are having within the Lindens Teaching School Alliance and supporting staff and pupils with behaviour. Due to the impact of Martin Hawkes (SLE – Behaviour and Discipline) the School was able to secure a good judgement for behaviour and safety. The report highlighted the following:
“Behaviour and attitude to learning are good”
“Pupils say they feel safe in the school”
“Acknowledged working with Elmwood Special School as a partner”
“Effective behaviour strategies in dealing with behaviour have helped to improve”
“Pupils enjoy taking responsibilities”
This is a positive example of partnership and collaboration working across phases and raising the profile of the staff at Elmwood School and sharing our “unique” strategies to support the whole child with their behaviour.
A massive thank you to all parents and carers who supported their child at our Progress and Achievement event on 22nd April 2015. We are finding these events extremely beneficial as a means of communicating the next steps to pupils and this is reinforced by the 80%+ of pupils making outstanding progress in English and Maths as well as an opportunity to celebrate other subject areas where they have achieved success. At the Spring Term Progress and Achievement event we managed to see 53.3% of parents/carers, which is an improvement of 1% on the Autumn Term event. Here are the top performing groups:
Year 9a 100%
Year 8b 75%
Year 7b 66%
In addition to this we launched our “Structured Conversations” pilot which is an innovative way of raising parental aspiration for their child and providing parents/carers the voice to problem solve the reasons why their child may not be making at least good progress and what those barriers are/have been to progress.
Let’s end with a bang and celebrate your child’s success TOGETHER at our next Progress and Achievement event taking place on Wednesday 15th July 2015.
Have a look at what parents/carers have said about our school during the Spring Term 2015 in our recent parental questionnaire. Spring Term 2014-2015 Progress and Achievement Event satisfaction survey new.
Elmwood School will be taking part in the launch of Walsall’s Inclusion Strategy by participating in the sharing of good practice. The event is taking place on Friday 17th April and we will be celebrating how we have promoted inclusion in our School and made a difference to pupils. Mr Hubbard and Mr Cross will be representing the School at the EDC in Walsall which will be launched by David Haley, Executive Director of Walsall Children’s Services.
A big thank you to all students, parents/carers and staff who helped to raise £185.00 for Comic Relief. A fantastic day was had in School with competitions, events and a coffee morning all helping to make the day a success. A special well done to Marcus in Year 10 who helped to raise £25.60 with the sale of red noses and to Aldain in Year 11 for trying to keep quiet for the day!
As a result of Walsall Council’s review of Special Schools formal consultation has begun from 23.2.15 for four weeks of the suggested proposals; copies of an extract from the complete proposal have been put on public display around School for any interested party to peruse. Further details of the Notice is also available on the Parents/Carers page of our website. Further details can also be obtained by contacting Carol Douthwaite, Administration Manager at SEN Services on 01922 686377.
A big thank you to everyone who supported our fundraising event on Thursday 12th February. As a result we were able to raise over £200 for School funds and an additional £45 for Newlife Charity. Well done to all students who were involved on stalls and with the refreshments provided, you did brilliantly.
On Tuesday 10th March 2015 from 9.00 am to 3.00 pm, in conjunction with Barr Beacon School, there is an opportunity to experience a taster day for any one looking for a career in teaching in English and Maths. Further details are available on the flyer under the Teaching School Alliance page on our website.
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.
We 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.