Open Day 2020 Bookings


Welcome to the bookings page for our Open Day 2020 Events.

Please click on the link below to book a spot for your child on our upcoming COVID-19 secure event.

Each Open Day slot is for 1 parent/carer and 1 Year 6 only (No other parents, siblings or extended family members).  The only exception would be if there are two Year 6 children from the same household (for example twins). Please make sure you are on time for your visit and make your way to reception.

We cannot wait to meet you!

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Invictus Sixth Ellowes Campus Students Celebrate Incredible Results!


Ellowes Hall Sports College Campus

100% of our students passed their courses with 85% achieving A*- C grades. We are proud of all students and their efforts in these difficult times. However we must mention the exceptional results of Bradley Walker who achieved A* in English Language & Distinction, Distinction* in BTEC Sport and Exercise Science. Special mentions also go to Jess Cottam (A*,B,C) Jack Farmer (Distinction, B,B) Ashley Follows (Distinction*, Distinction,B) Georgia Lunt (Distinction*,B) Mia Reynolds (Distinction*, Distinction,C) and Charlotte Smith (Distinction, Merit,B). We wish all of our students the very best in all of their future endeavours.

Mr Horton – Head of Invictus Sixth Ellowes Campus

School Minister Recognises Invictus Schools Contribution


On Monday 6th July we had the absolute pleasure of receiving a letter from Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the School System, Barroness Berridge of the Vale of Catmose!

In the letter the Baroness thanked us for our response to the lockdown following the Covid-19 outbreak. Most satisfying is the specific nature of the recognition; in the letter, which can be found on the link at the bottom of the article, Baroness Berridge commends our online learning platform which has seen hundreds of thousands of student attendance in the past 3 months, you can click here to see our celebratory videos and virtual learning statistics. The Baroness also praised the support we gave to our most vulnerable students, to ensure they have the technology required to access our online platform. There is also a mention for our innovative and comprehensive solution to supporting year 6 children with transition to our schools with our virtual tour and inductions.

The reason we have worked tirelessly during this period is because as Invictus Value One states: Every day, in every way, our students come first, but we do welcome recognition, especially from such a key figure in education.

We certainly feel the praise is well deserved for everyone within the Invictus community, our teachers, support staff, parents, carers and of course students. We are all passionate to continue working collaboratively and effectively in the coming months as we hopefully return to a situation a little more familiar!

Letter to Invictus Education Trust 3 July 2020

Invictus Vision, Mission and Values – Our Culture

Year 10 Message


Attention all year 10 students and families.

 

Thank you for your efforts this week in attending the parent briefings and returning your forms so promptly.

Emails have been sent to all students and parents of returning students to confirm your groupings.

 

For your ease:

 

A1-A4 you are returning on Mondays and Tuesdays.

A1 – Arrive at 0845

A2 – Arrive at 0900

A3 – Arrive at 0915

A4 – Arrive at 0930 on Monday and 1030 on Tuesday

 

B1-B4 you are returning on Wednesday and Thursdays

B1 – Arrive at 0845

B2 – Arrive at 0900

B3 – Arrive at 0915

B4 – Arrive at 0930

 

Any queries or questions regarding the emails received or the return of year 10 please contact cleslie or ljones

Front Page News – Well Done Team Ellowes


The great work by Mr Moore initially, and then with the support of, Mr Elwell and Mrs Southall has today been recognised in the press, manufacturing equipment to assist our care workers and NHS staff in the battle against COVID-19.

See the full story here:

Halesowen News

School Closure – FREE SCHOOL MEALS – COVID 19 Update


Can parents and carers of students that receive Free School Meals  email their  child’s came, bank details (Sort Code & Account No.) to finance@ellowes.dudley.sch.uk 

On Monday 30th March we will do a Bank Transfer to you of £24.00 per student for 2 weeks Free School Meal allocation.  This will then be done every 2 weeks until government issue further information regarding Free School Meals.

Distance Learning Pack


Please click below for your distance learning pack:

Distance Learning Guide – Ellowes

As we remain closed at the start of the Summer Term we are again offering students the opportunity to attend virtual lessons with their subject teachers to support their learning at this difficult time.

Our teachers have planned to deliver at least one virtual lesson a week and for core subjects there are more.

To access the times at which these lesson are delivered, access your year group and band below.

Further additional tasks will be set using the ELLO facility for your child to complete in their own time whilst we remain closed.

For those with computer access issues please contact school reception email on reception@ellowes.dudley.sch.uk where further support can be given.

Virtual Timetables

Year 10 (Group B) Virtual Learning Timetable (002)

Year 10 (Group A) Virtual Learning Timetable (002)

Year 9ev Virtual Learning Timetable (002)

Year 8 Virtual Learning Timetable (002)

Year 9a Virtual Learning Timetable (002)

Year 7 Virtual Learning Timetable (002)

Gym @ Ellowes Hall Sports College


We are looking to launch an innovative project that would see our fitness suite restored to its former glory and become available for our students and community.

We are hoping among our community there may be personal trainers, fitness coaches or instructors that would be interested in the proposal found in the link below.

We would ask that you share this post with your friends and help us find people that are willing to work with the school to improve the provision for our students and community!

Personal Trainer Partnership Proposal

All information and instruction can be found in the above document, the closing date for application is Thursday 2nd April.

Department for Education – Coronavirus Advice for Parents/Carers


Advice for parents/guardians

You should not be unduly worried about the possibility of your children catching the Coronavirus.

There is no reason why your children should not continue to attend their early years, school or further education setting as normal.

We recognise that some families or children may be planning to travel to China during the forthcoming half term period. If so, please refer to the FCO’s latest travel advice via the link above.

What action you can take

A UK wide campaign has been launched to provide clear advice on how to slow the spread of Coronavirus.

Please help to support the campaign which promotes basic hygiene practices, such as regularly washing hands and always sneezing into a tissue, to stem the spread of viruses.

Latest information and advice can also be found at:

Click Here

New Year 11 Revision Timetable


Dear Year 11 Students/Parents/Carers,

 

We have made some small changes to the revision timetable, these changes take effect from Monday 27th January:

 

Week 1 W/C 27.1.20
Monday

A & V English

E Maths

Tuesday

A & V Maths

E English

Wednesday

Humanities

Thursday

GCSE Open (Not Drama, Music, Dance, Food)

Friday

GCSE open

(Creative Arts, Food and Art)

Week 2 W/C 3.2.2020
Monday

A & V English

E Maths

Tuesday

A & V Maths

E English

Wednesday

Science

Thursday

Languages

Friday

GCSE open

(Creative Arts, Food and Art)

Ellowes Hall Sports College Achieves Gold Standard Award for Careers Work


Ellowes Hall Sports College, has been recognised for its outstanding careers work. The school has been awarded the national Quality in Careers Standard by Prospects at Gold Standard.  The national Quality in Careers Standard is awarded to schools and education providers who can demonstrate the importance they place on careers and how they support students to make decisions about their life after school.

Ellowes Hall Sports College is continually working to improve the chances and opportunities of all the students. Recognising the importance of preparing students for their future careers the school began working towards the national Quality in Careers Standard.

More than 1,100 schools and colleges are already voluntarily working towards or have achieved the national standard for careers. There is a statutory duty to ‘secure independent careers guidance’ for all students from year 8 onwards and the Government also recommends that all schools should be required to work towards the national Quality in Careers Standard. At present, there are only 20 institutions that hold the Prospects Gold Award and only one other in Dudley.

Achieving the national Quality in Careers Standard shows the Head Teacher, governors and leadership team at Ellowes Hall Sports College embrace, promote and endorse quality careers education and recognise the part it plays in the overall success of the school and its students. The school offers a range of activities to introduce students to the work of work and help them make decisions about life after school.

To find out more contact Mrs Amy Toro-Pearce, Head of Careers, Ellowes Hall Sports College.

 

 

Year 11 Revision Timetable


Dear Students, Parents & Carers,

Ellowes Hall Sports College will be restarting their revision sessions for year 11 after school this next coming week. Please see the timetable below which explains which subjects will be offering revision on which nights. We work on a two week timetable to allow for coverage of all sessions. Students will be booked on via ELLO and you will be able to track their attendance to these via this facility.

We look forward to seeing the students in these sessions and preparing for their final GCSE’s that will take place in the Summer Term

 

Week 1 W/C 13.1.2020
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
English Humanities Art/Comp Science/Food/Psychology
Week 2 W/C 20.1.2020
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
Languages Maths Science Business/Enterprise/BTEC PE

 

Please note subjects such as Music, Dance and Drama will be offering students the chance of revision after school on Friday afternoons.

 

All sessions are 40 minutes in length.

 

Apply for Invictus Sixth!


The deadline for applications is FRIDAY 20th DECEMBER!

If you are looking for a Post 16 option that offers a track record of excellent results, a wide range of enrichment activities, unique opportunities & elite experiences, unrivaled academic & pastoral guidance, sports academies and the resources of SIX school campuses APPLY NOW.

Literally click on ‘APPLY NOW’ to apply via our online application portal!

For more information on courses and curriculum click here to see our 2020 Prospectus and Course Guide

Students Impress at Mock Trial!


Wolverhampton Magistrates Court

This will be our 4th visit as a school to Wolverhampton Magistrates Court, year on year we teach the pupils about the criminal justice system and real-life cases, that tie in with our curriculum.

 

This year we took 13 year 9 pupils to Wolverhampton Magistrates Court to experience what it would be like to enter a courtroom and first-hand witness how the court deal with offenders.  We witnessed how the court can be supportive and help individuals back into the community.  Some reoffenders were brought before the court and were handed harsher sentences.  We listened to the magistrates as they deliberated and justified their reason for their choices.  The pupils found this a useful conversation as some of them later were talking to me about the choices the magistrates made.  Some pupils thought the sentences were too soft, for example a person had been banned from driving and 2 days later he was caught speeding.  This conversation raised eyebrows with the boys as they thought he should have had a harsher sentence.

 

It was a valuable experience, and it was pleasing to hear the pupils talking about the visit and how they could relate to it, some were saying how they found it daunting and would not want to be in court.   It was unfortunate to hear one pupil say he’s been here before with his dad, it made me think about our pupils and what they are exposed to.  On a positive, it opened their minds about policing and the law and hopefully they can appreciate the systems we have.

 

We have built a positive relationship with the Wolverhampton Magistrates Court and on each visit, we have been praised for the inquisitive nature of pupils and how well they represent the school.

 

Mock-Trials

Last year we received information about Mock Trails.  This is the opportunity to introduce our pupils to the criminal justice system through an immersive, active learning experience.  We practiced with a fictitious case study to begin with. This year we’re gearing up for the real thing, in March we’re attending Wolverhampton Magistrates Court to challenge other schools.

We have dedicated pupils who have joined the team and have been rehearsing their roles in preparation for the real event.

 

Mr  A Jeer

DUDLEY ROTARY CHEF COMPETITION 2019 – KS3 WINNER


This year four students from Ellowes Hall entered the local stage of the Dudley Rotary chef and. Students had to cook a hot main and a dessert to serve 2 people for under £15.

 

All the students did amazingly well and demonstrated high ability technical skills like making pasta and bread along with filleting fish. All students received a certificate and a cookbook and the winner also received a gift voucher.

Rebecca was awarded as the KS3 winner, following in the footsteps of her sister Lydia who is competing in the local stage of the Springboard Chef Competition next week.

Quotes from the judges-

“Rebecca stole the show with an update of a French classic chicken supreme in a tarragon sauce”

“Hattie cooked the pasta main, and did a lovely apple rosette as a pudding, but the table layout she put on was just superb, I would love to see her back next year, as she just missed out, but her thought and ‘follow through’ were spot on”

Ellowes Hall Sports College OFTSED Inspection


Dear Ellowes Hall Sports College,

I write to you to inform you of the outcome of the recent OFSTED inspection at Ellowes Hall Sports College.

This letter is for Ellowes Hall Sports College and all school stakeholders:

  • Students
  • Parents
  • Carers
  • Teachers
  • Support Staff
  • Trust Staff
  • School Partners
  • Community
  • Department for Education

The above list is in no particular order, apart from the students, our first and most important value is ‘Everyday, in every way, our students come first’. It is with them in the forefront of my mind that this letter is written, but the message is for the thousands of people connected to our school in many ways.

OFSTED inspected the school recently, the first time they have inspected us since 2012. Under the new OFSTED guidance, we received the judgement of ‘Requires Improvement’.

There are several factors that we should consider before we begin our journey back to outstanding, but the important message for you all is:

We are not happy with this outcome, whatever the measure we aim to be the best and before we blame circumstance and external factors, we will first look internally and question ourselves and our processes before we create a plan to deliver outstanding outcomes for the most important people, our students.

OFSTED are often criticised for the scrutiny and pressure that schools find themselves under to ‘tick boxes’ but we understand the difficulty in measuring a school’s performance with a huge variety of factors to consider, it is a very difficult task, and ultimately OFSTED want the same thing as we do, the best for our children. The biggest difficulty lies in the diversity of the nation and we firmly believe in first doing what is best for OUR community.

Although on this occasion we have fallen short of the benchmarks set by OFSTED we do truly believe that we are a great school, we believe this because we have great students who are taught by great staff and over the coming months we will need to demonstrate great resilience as we begin our journey back to outstanding.

On behalf of the Trust I would like to thank Alan Jasper for the critical role that he has played in making Ellowes Hall Sports College one of the best in the borough for over a decade. Year after year we have been oversubscribed, including this year. Year after year we have delivered great outcomes for our students. Year after year we have delivered unique opportunities and elite experiences for our students and year after year we have found ways of investing in our schools’ facilities to ensure we have an excellent environment for our students.  Alan leaves the school in a much better place than he found it 20 years ago, we thank him for his service and wish him all the best in the future.

Alan’s decision does open the door to an exciting new era at Ellowes Hall Sports College. The recruitment process to replace Alan is already complete. There was no shortage of candidates desperate to lead our great school and the Board and I have had the difficult but rewarding task of appointing the right person to lead Ellowes Hall Sports College.

We welcome on board our new headteacher Mrs Carla Leslie. Mrs Leslie is aware of the brief for her new role, improve the effectiveness of leadership at Ellowes Hall Sports College and ensure the education on offer is good or better. Mrs Leslie cannot wait to get started.

My final sentiment is this, I would call for all parents and carers that have entrusted us with their child’s learning and development to remain calm and continue to support and trust us. We have consistently delivered outcomes in line with and above national average and our data supports this.

The measure we hold in the highest regard is the progress of our students, and we are not happy with the Progress 8 score we received in 2019 and plans are in place to address this, but to offer balance, our Attainment 8 was above national average.

There will be no panic on our part, just a thorough review of our processes and a demand for ourselves to deliver more for our students through strong and effective leadership.

I would also like a to add a message for the staff at Ellowes Hall Sports College. We are all disappointed with the outcome of the inspection, we should acknowledge that there were many positive areas that inspectors commented on, in the new criteria our personal development and Sixth Form were rated as ‘Good’. More importantly are the quotes regarding our students ‘relationships between students and staff is purposeful and relaxed, and students enjoy coming to school’. This is a great foundation for us to build on, you will be supported by the school’s and Trust’s leaders and together we will create an outstanding environment for our students.

Every day, in every way our students come first.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding our OFSTED report please send them to ellowes@invictus.education your comments will be discussed with Mrs Leslie and the leadership team and responded to at the earliest convenience. The full OFSTED report is available on the OFSTED page of our website.

Please click here for a copy of the covering letter from current headteacher Mr Jasper

Yours sincerely,

Tony Bowles

CEO – Invictus Education Trust

Click here for a digital copy of this letter

Miss Saigon – Students Dazzle Audiences….AGAIN!


Students at Ellowes Hall Sports College put on another fantastic show with their production of Miss Saigon.  The show is based on Giacomo Puccini’s opera Madame Butterfly and tells the tragic tale of a doomed romance.  Nearly 100 students were involved through either performing on stage or behind the scenes (stage management, lighting, sound engineering, etc.) in seven performances over two weeks.  The students have worked hard since rehearsals began back in May and their dazzling performances have made parents and staff very proud.  From the Chinese Dragon to the illusion of a helicopter landing on stage the school has once more provided students with an amazing platform in which they could showcase their talents.  It is the sixteenth large scale production in a row and the bar that was set very high has remained so with many messages of congratulations still flooding in from the local community.

Student Band’s AMAZING Debut Show!


As a school, it is our duty to encourage excellence and and talent present in all of our students. Today we would like to share how proud we are of a group of our Year 11 students and a brave Year 9 student who performed at the River Rooms in Stourbridge. Showcasing their musical talents, the show was held just before the half-term break and was a total success! The group easily won over the crowd and should be full of pride and carry their confidence over to their next show. The group ‘Daylight’ consists of members Ella Darrant, Sophie Meakin, Lewis Drew, Jack Doupe, Stan Stoke and Martha Darby, shown performing in the pictures below.

 

 

 

On behalf of the group, Ellowes Hall Sports College would like to thank staff and all those who supported them to prepare such an amazing performance. Being excused from lessons a few minutes earlier had allowed them that extra bit of time to rehearse and perfect their act and has provided the group the flexibility and support to pursue their talents and passions alongside their schoolwork. We would also like to say from the whole school, WELL DONE! You were amazing and we can not wait until your next performance.

If you are looking at supporting them at their next show, we are currently looking at booking a Christmas show for 18th December… More details to come soon so do check back and follow our social media pages!

Train To Teach with Us!


Are you searching for a route into teaching? Or do you know of someone who is?

Whether it is Primary or Secondary education you are interested in.

Join us at Woodrush Community Hub on Wednesday 6th November at 6:00-7:30pm!

Discover your teaching potential and receive expert advice by attending this event. This open evening covers topics from how to apply to the interview process; advice available on a 1-1 individual basis.

For more information regarding this event, please contact teachingschool@woodrush.org

Click Here to view the flyer for the open evening.

Be Aware That You Must Book To Attend This Event.

Ellowes Hall Cricketer Destined for Greatness!


Last week we posted about Ellowes Hall Year 11 student, Hannah Baker, and her growing achievements and honours as a cricketer after she was selected to attend the ECB’s specialist spin bowling.

Today, we would just like to take the time to celebrate the success and achievement of a student who is showing great talent in her athletic life and continues to seek and seize opportunities.

Hannah has played for multiple teams, carrying her winning drive and determination along with her; Beacon Cricket Club, Quatt Ladies, Worcester County Cricket Club U15’s, U17s and Worcester Ladies are all clubs who have had the honour of being represented by Hannah as a Leg-spin bowler and Top-order batsman. During her time at Worcester Ladies, Hannah played against Heather Knight OBE (Captain of the Women’s England Cricket Team), Anya Shrubsole, Sohia Dunkley and Jenny Gunn. An amazing start to a promising cricket career!

Hannah has earned herself a place at the West Midlands Regional Development Centre for a second year running, being invited to play cricket at the RDC Festival at Shrewsbury School of which only approximately 120 young ladies nationwide are invited. She was also invited to play two T20 games for the England Academy in Surrey against the ICC Development Squad.

Showcasing Hannah’s achievement even further, she was selected amongst 24 other girls nationally for observations in Loughborough by the England Academy Coach after completing her successful season.

On behalf of Ellowes Hall and the INVICTUS Education Trust, we would like to wish Hannah Baker success for her future academic and athletic career which we are certain she will achieve. However, watch this space as we are sure there is more to come!

 Here are some kind words featured in the local press:

“It is great to see someone locally playing at such a high level.” – Tom Hill, Board Cricket Development Director .(Worcester News, 2018).

“This is a brilliant opportunity for her to further her game and progress through our system and hopefully one day into our senior’s women’s team” – Sam Wyles, Women’s Rapids Senior Coach. (Worcestershire Cricket, 2018).

For the full stories follow the links below:

http://www.worcestershirecricket.co.uk/news/hannah-baker-takes-first-step-onto-england-pathway-21405/

https://www.worcesternews.co.uk/sport/17305188.cricket-worcestershires-hannah-baker-retains-centre-place/

https://www.ecb.co.uk/news/1330296/country-s-top-cricketers-shine-at-the-school-games

 

Ellowes Hall Open Evening 2019 – Outstanding Attendence for an Outstanding School


Thursday 3 October saw Ellowes Hall Sports College host Open Evening 2019. This years event saw a record attendance with hundreds upon hundreds of prospective students visiting our OUTSTANDING (OFTSED) School

The packed out auditorium were wowed by a number of performances, along with addresses from proud headteacher, Mr Jasper, and Invictus CEO, Mr Bowles followed by some truly inspiring stories from a range of our students.

Our prefects and student leaders acted as perfect hosts and tour guides as they led groups of prospective students around the school to check out the wonderful facilities, and see the fantastic activities that teachers and staff had organised in all subject areas.

This year departments pulled out all the stops. From (controlled!!!) explosions and chemical reactions in science, to crime scenes, an MFL cafe, impromptu musical performances, cadet base camp, PE demonstrations from our Alpha’s and athletes, robot wars, art displays, food tasters and plenty of problem solving in the maths department. The list is truly endless!

Mr Jasper and his team would like to thank everyone that attended, our students for serving the school with such distinction, and of course to the staff who go above and beyond to create such a special event.

A gallery of the evening is available on our school Facebook Page.

Remember, CHOOSE ELLOWES!

 

Incredible A Level Results at Invictus 6th Ellowes Campus


Invictus 6th Ellowes Campus

Another very successful year for Invictus Sixth Ellowes Campus students, with a 96% overall pass rate! 24% of students gained an A*/A (or equivalent), with 46% gaining A*-B, 74% A*-C. Congratulations go all our students on another excellent set of results but especially to Jacob Hyde (A* and 3Bs); Reece Richards (3 BTEC Distinctions); Emrah Ayes (2 BTEC Distinctions and a B); Alex Milner (2 BTEC Distinctions and a C); Lucy Adams (grades A, B, C); Jordan Parkes (grades A, B, C) and Chloe Mills (grades B, B, C).

Director of Invictus 6th, Jane Kendrick added: ‘I am incredibly proud of the tremendous achievements of Invictus Sixth Form students this summer. Building on huge success from last year, 27% of all results achieved in 2019 are at A* or A grade with more than 70% of results at grade C or above.

The hard work and dedication of our wonderful students and committed teachers has resulted in our students gaining places on highly competitive courses at some of the most prestigious universities in the country such as Oxford, Birmingham and Warwick. As they embark on the next chapter of their education, we wish them well and look forward to hearing about their future successes and career plans.

For Year 11 students about to start their final year of GCSEs and who wish to join our success, please call 01384 686558 or email jkendrick@invictus.education for more information. Our Sixth Form open evening will be held at the Copthorne Hotel, Waterfront, Dudley on Wednesday 13th November between 6.00 to 9.00pm. All students and parents/carers are welcome to attend.

An Outstanding School!


Ellowes Hall Sports College has officially been judged an Outstanding school by Ofsted

Ellowes Hall Sports College is thrilled to announce that it has has been described as Outstanding in all areas by a team of Ofsted inspectors who visited the school in mid-November. Inspectors found the overall quality of teaching to be Outstanding with strengths including teachers’ planning, subject knowledge and high expectations. They also concluded that students’ excellent behaviour and positive attitudes helped them learn well. The Headteacher and other senior leaders were found to have an ambitious vision for the school and had secured and maintained high levels of achievement and personal development. The range of subjects on offer was found to be a strong feature of the school and played a major part in helping students to achieve outstanding outcomes.