Daniel Caines (Youth Sport Trust and Sky Sports Living Ambassador) visited Elmwood on 17th May 2017 to complete a series of workshops spanning three years of involvement with the School. His sessions were to re-visit the “6 Keys to Success” specifically around the Schools drive to support individual resilience and having a “Growth Mindset”. It also acted as a farewell celebration as the partnership between the Youth Sport Trust and Sky Sports has come to an end after fourteeen successful years in breaking down barriers and raising self esteem and self worth.

IMG_1280Daniel has become an integral part of the Elmwood family and we will miss his input in raising aspirations, recently done through the following video link It was especially pleasing for staff and pupils to see Daniel in his first race (age 15yrs old) and how his journey developed  through the “6 Keys to Success” and culminated in his greatest honour………… completing one of the Schools Cross-fit challenges (Brown Belt – Loan Wolf) in a very respectful time of 6 minutes 55 seconds.  This inspired other pupils to overcome their own challenges and achieve them in front of Daniel , what a sense of achievement! Pictures of Daniel’s performance can be found on the photo gallery page of the website.




We will be holding an open day event on Tuesday 26th September 2017 from 3.30 pm to 4.30 pm for any interested parents/carers of pupils currently in Years 5 and 6.  This will be an ideal opportunity to visit and look at our well resourced School, meet with staff and understand our values and ethos.  We would appreciate any visitors contacting the School Office on 01922 721081 to reserve a place and we look forward to welcoming you to our School.


Students in Years 10 and 11 have a busy few weeks ahead of them as they undertake a variety of exams.  This is obviously a very anxious time for everyone involved and as a School we do our utmost to help prepare our young people for this important time of their school life.  We wish our students every success with their upcoming exams and look forward to celebrating their success in due course.  A copy of the examination timetable is available below (the greyed out areas indicate revision sessions).

Exam Timetable 2017





Rushall JMIOur Year 9 cohort began their sports leadership journey during the spring term and have started the Sports Leaders Level 1 Qualification. Within the qualification pupils need to plan, carry out and review a sports session. All pupils led a sports session at a sports events held at Rushall JMI School for a Year 6 class on 31st March 2017. The Elmwood students were great ambassadors for the school and gave the Year 6 pupils a fantastic experience across a range of sports. One pupil said ”it was their favourite day  ever”. The pupils who were involved were Dion, Tyrone, Beth, Habib, Nathan, Levi, Jamie, Callum W, Callum G, Liam C and Aaron R. Well done to all pupils who led a sports session, it was a very proud moment to see our young people contribute to the learning of others.



StudePENTAX DIGITAL CAMERAnts in Year 9 were given the opportunity to visit Kidzania in London, a custom built functional town, on Wednesday 8th February. KidZania gives students the confidence to challenge themselves and inspire them to explore a world of opportunities. Staff at Elmwood can now use the success of this trip to work with each individual young person, using their own personal experience at Kidzania as a springboard to thoughts of further education. Quotes from students included ‘the whole day was wicked and it helped me to see what I want to do when I am older’, ‘I loved training to fly planes and I earned my wings and ‘I loved all of it because it was so much fun’.  A big thank you to the staff (Mr Middleton, Mr Whittaker, Mr Hinsley, Mr Damms, Mrs Cadman and Mrs Causer) who endured a very long day and made the event such a success. More photographs are available on the photographs section.



PENTAX DIGITAL CAMERAOn Monday 16th January eleven pupils in Year 7 accompanied staff to watch’ Aladdin at the Circus’ at Darlaston Town Hall.  Pupils helped to cook then eat a meal in School before heading off to watch the show where they also received a goody bag whilst watching an entertaining show.  A big thank you to Circus Starr and the businesses who support the event in donating tickets to the School. Finally a very big thank you to the four staff who made it all possible namely Mrs Cadman (who also organised the food and goodies), Mr No KSDamms (trip leader), Mr Webb and Ms  Carter – feedback from the young people was of a lovely social event that was thoroughly enjoyed by all.


The booklet containing details of what activities are available for the half term holiday has now been produced by the Short Breaks Team.  Parents and Carers who may be inerested need to apply by Monday 23rd January.  Details of what is on offer are available in the booklet below together with an expressions of interest form.  The new process this year is for applications to be made in writing by email.  Any parent or carer who is unable to do this can complete the form and send to School who will organise for this to be sent to the relevant contact.

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Expressions form Feb 2017




Gold Tree AwardElmwood School have been participating in the Woodland Trust’s Green Tree Award as part of our out and about curriculum led by Mr Dan Whittaker.  The scheme involves tree planting, visiting local woodlands and recyling iniatives.  This all helps to reduce carbon emissions and recycling.  We are very grateful to the Woodland Trust for the number of trees we have received over the years which have helped to improve the School grounds and wider community.  Our gold plaque will be proudly displayed in our reception area.


As part of our collaboration with Barr Beacon School SCITT programme, Elmwood School is able to offer School Experience Days.  Further details can be obtained via the information below as well as on our dedicated website page – School to School support, Teaching Schools Alliance.  Mr Cross, Deputy Head, will gladly offer any advice to interested applicants.

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During out and about lessons students have visited Pentalver Cannock Limited where they have enjoyed the opportunity of seeing how containerisation works within the UK and around the world.  Students were shown inside the different containers (including a cold refrigerated one!), as well as enjoying the experience of sitting inside the cab of a lorry.  The visit ended with all students receiving a free Pentalver lorry model, PENTAX DIGITAL CAMERApen, baseball style hard hat and a personalised Elmwood School hi-vis jacket.  Many thanks to Nick Matthews and his team (Ade and Nick) for making it all possible and to Mr Whittaker, Outdoor Learning Teacher, at Elmwood.   A return visit has been suggested for March 2017 when pupils will be able to access onsite workshops, looking under a vehicle in the pits as well as being shown what an engine  looks like.