We will be warmly welcoming Ofsted on Wednesday 14th November 2018 when they visit Elmwood School as part of their inspection process. Chris Field, will be the Lead Inspector, accompanied by Sarah Ashley. We hope you enjoy your visit and we look forward to showcasing our School.
On Thursday 8th November 2018 Mr P Hinsley and Mr A Bullock enjoyed a day with their family and loved ones at Worcester Cathedral to receive their PGCE and QTS. This was an extremely special day for both concerned but specifically Mr P Hinsley who joined Elmwood School as a Teaching Assistant 5 years ago and hasn’t looked back and continued to work hard to achieve his qualification to teach. Mr A Bullock made such an impact as a trainee teacher back in April-May 2018 that we couldn’t see his passion and talent go elsewhere so we were pleased to include him as part of Elmwood’s every growing team of dedicated staff. We hope you enjoyed the day and we are all extremely proud of your achievements over the last year. Well done from your Elmwood Family.
On Wednesday 7th November 2018 Elmwood School hosted its annual remembrance service. Once again we were honoured to welcome members from the Staffordshire Regiment and some of their wives to the event. Ms Shaw, Food Technology Teacher, coordinated the morning enlisting the help of pupils and other staff members making the occasion one to remember. Following the outdoor service, which was attended by the whole School and visitors, our guests were treated to refreshments and a performance by pupils from the Drama Singing Group who sang ‘Imagine’ and ‘We’ll meet again’ beautifully. Elmwood pupils were a credit to the School with their exemplary behaviour and the respect shown; well done to everyone involved in making the day so special.
A big thank you to everyone who came along and supported the annual Macmillan world’s largest coffee morning on Friday 28th September. Parents/Carers, staff, pupils and governors all helped to raise £145.76 for this worthwhile cause whilst enjoying delicious cakes and refreshments. Well done to all pupils and staff who helped to make the morning a great success. Congratulations to Bev Bailey, Family Welfare Officer and Habib, Year 11 pupil, who were the lucky winners of the cake competitions.
A huge congratulations to all Year 11’s who received their GCSE’s on 23rd August 2018. The work that you have completed during your time with us will have prepared you for the next stage of your educational journey. This is the year of “firsts” :-
· First pupil to achieve 9 GCSE’s at a good pass (or above).
· First time pupils have sat the OCR higher maths paper.
· First time pupils have attempted the GCSE Combined Science in 1 year.
· First time pupils have completed a portfolio in GCSE Environmental Land Based Studies to the best of their ability.
· First time a pupil has been accepted into a local 6th form centre.
How these results don’t define you they do prove to yourself that you do have the ability, desire and determination to overcome barriers to achieve your potential. For many of you, you have achieved above expected progress from your baseline assessment into the school which is testament to you listening and acting on advice from the hard working and dedicated staff at Elmwood.
Celebrate these results with friends and family and don’t forget to thank those who have made this a reality.
Enjoy the rest of the holidays and if you need anything don’t hesitate to get in touch with either Mr Cross or Mrs Bailey.
Our examination overview is within the Attainment and Progress tab.
Our big event took place on Thursday 19th July and was a fantastic success. The PE department organised a programme of events that surpassed all previous years and was hugely supported by parents and carers. With superb weather, strawberries and cream and coffee/hot chocolate supplied by Starbucks in Walsall and finally a free ice cream for everyone courtesy of Bugsy’s Super Whippy, who could ask for more. Pupils were presented with 1st, 2nd and 3rd place medals on our new podium with the house cup being won by team Murray; congratulations to all members on this achievement.
On Wednesday 27th June Elmwood School organised an event based on food from around the World which included the preparation and cooking of USA chocolate brownies, British Eton mess, Italian brushetta, Polish canapes, Indian samosas, Thai chicken skewers plus many more Asian foods.
It gave our Year 10 BTEC pupils the opportunity to prepare and cook onion bhajis with a local restaurant owner and his chefs Jay Shireen and Labz from Royal Shireens in Aldridge. The BTEC students also mentored some of our younger Year 7 pupils passing on valuable skills on how to cook and stay safe.
Special guests were the Mayor and Mayoress of Walsall, the taxi drivers and escorts who bring our pupils into school safely every day and many training providers that have links with our school including our Careers Adviser and recently Co-opted Governor, Rita Martin.
Feedback from guests include comments of “It was amazing”, “Brilliant especially Tyrone and Callum who were very polite”, “It was perfect”, Really good atmosphere, pupils are a credit to the school” and “Amazing set up couldn’t have ask for more”.
A big thank you to Ms Shaw, Food Technology Teacher and everyone else who made the event such a fantastic success.
Staff wellbeing has always been a significant component to our School’s ethos and we have always invested in staff development as the staff are our greatest asset. This year staff wellbeing has been a whole school priority and this year’s staff training has contributed towards the work around the Wellbeing Award for Schools – promoting wellbeing and mental health and acknowledgement within our re-accreditation of Gold status for Investors In People. We also welcomed Tracy Brandwood, new Chair of Governors, to join in the fun and who was able to witness for herself how important staff wellbeing is taken into consideration at Elmwood.
In addition to this we wanted to celebrate the work of some inspirational women and organisations as part of recognition of International Women’s Month (March 2018). So we welcomed Sara Morris (Barlaston Women’s Institute, http://barlastonheronswi.webs.com/ ) and Margaret Thompson (Birmingham Back to Backs, National Trust, https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/birmingham-back-to-backs ) ably assisted by her colleague to deliver some age old techniques and applications using a variety of natural materials to produce some fantastic pieces of work that staff will feel able to support our own pupils during out and about lessons in the coming years (and keep for themselves as mementoes of the fantastic day).
Sara’s enthusiasm and creative flair enabled staff to experience different colours and textures in their very own A4 masterpiece of wet felting (which will be carefully created into wall banners to enhance the School’s environment; so keep your eyes open you never know when or where they will appear!) and Margaret took us through the history and application of rag rugging by making Christmas tree decorations – which will further enhance fund raising at our school fetes.This was delivered authentically both from the materials used and her dress code, staff felt they were in the terraced houses in the heart of Birmingham. Some staff even dressed especially for the occasion.
Our very own Mr Whittaker (SLE for Outdoor Learning) treated us to some nail art, using different coloured threads to create some truly spectacular pieces of work that will create “awe” for the pupils when they see them. The awe and fear for staff was generated by Mr Holmes when he demonstrated and enabled staff to safely and effectively participate in axe throwing, using angel stars and single blade tomahawks – some even progressed to the double bladed axe!
This was all delivered at Blymhill and Weston Village hall https://www.blymhill-westonvillagehall.co.uk/ with a picturesque landscape of local farms and village tranquillity, which really enabled staff to focus on the learning at hand and do so in a truly mindful and “Elmwood way”. The facilities enabled all facilitators to deliver outstanding sessions and the kitchen was well equipped to enable Mr Cross and special invited quest to cook up a storm of pulled pork and slow cooked beef baps with accompaniments and a special salmon, okra and rice dish for Leon and a nice vegan burger for Jenna.
I am sure you can see from the gallery that a lot of fun was had by all and initial feedback is very positive about the experience and all are looking forward to supporting the pupils next year.
Staff and pupils, which included Year 5 and 6 pupils from Phoenix Academy, were treated to a fantastic rendition of this West End show which the cast and crew have worked tirelessly on for many months. Very well done to the pupils involved who were Connor, Krystian, Thomas, Oliver, Rhys L, Adam, Tyrone, Jamie A, Kacey, Callum W, Mikyle and Courtney—their performances were outstanding and testament to the work put in by the drama team who are Mr Webb, Mr Damms, Jenna Wilkins and Kerry Bowen. From the creative programme designed by Dion Griffin in Year 10 to the wonderful outfits and props made by staff and pupils, all helped to make an unmissable show. Parents, Governors and staff have the opportunity to see the second performance on Thursday 24th May with refreshments at 3 pm and curtains up at 3.30 pm— we hope you enjoy the show!
During the Easter vacation Mr Lee Cross, (Deputy Headteacher), decided to surprise Mrs Whittlestone (Science Lead Teacher) by taking the long drive from Shropshire to a farm in Coventry to re-home some ex battery hens to enhance the school environment and meet the requests by school council to reinstate more animals within the school. Mr Cross had some support from his youngest son, Beau, aged 5, to pick the four lucky hens to be a part of the Elmwood School community. All the hens had their own personality that represented the staff and pupils extremely well, but were all looking extremely tired and unkept. This is the start of their journey to becoming healthy, happy hens who will receive lots of room to roam, cuddles from staff and pupils and friendship from Chubs (Elmwood School Rabbit). Mr Cross is looking to bring the hens to school after the May half term providing plenty of time for the staff and pupils to repair and secure the chicken house. Photographs of our new arrivals are available on the photo gallery page of the website. Watch out for additional photos tracking their journey. For more information about re-homing ex battery hens please visit http://www.bhwt.org.uk/.