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

Front Page News – Well Done Team Leasowes!


The great work by our staff has today been recognised in the press, not only have they supplied life saving equipment to the heroes that need it, they have also inspired other schools in our Trust to help also!

See the full story here:

Halesowen News

 

Leasowes Student Makes National Finals!


High flying Year 7 student, Izzy, is heading for the top!

Izzy attends Sandwell Flyers Gymnastics Academy and has done since she was four. She participates in two gymnastics disciplines, tumbling and trampolining and trains for roughly 16 hours per week at several clubs and training centres, which shows incredible dedication and hard work!

Izzy is currently English Tumbling Champion, Regional Trampolining Champion and Regional Synchro Trampolining Champion for the 13-14 year old age group despite being only 12!!! She also trialled successfully earlier this year and gained a spot in the West Midlands Elite Tumbling Team for the competition season 2019-2020.

 

 

She trained really hard for her most recent competitions this month which went very well. She won her events, qualifying in 1st place meaning she will now compete in the National finals in both trampolining and tumbling which will take place at the Arena Birmingham in June!

Good luck Izzy, we will all be supporting you!

Check out these clips of Izzy in action!

Leasowes Students Impress @ Art in Motion Dance Academy


For the past two weeks students from Leasowes High School and Pedmore High School have attended ‘Art In Motion Dance Academy’ in Cradley Heath (who’s Principal Director is none other than Strictly Come Dancing’s Amy Dowden!!) to learn to the art of Latin Dance.

Students have been taught by expert Latin teachers and across all 5 Latin dances, cha-cha-cha, paso doble, rumba, jive, and samba. Each of the sessions last 4 hours! They were very intensive sessions, spent learning a formation piece to a compilation of Queen songs.

Although faced with many dance challenges, the students thoroughly enjoyed their experience and some wish to continue further with their Latin dance journey.

A huge thank you to all staff at Art In Motion Dance Academy for hosting us at your studio and for giving our students another elite experience.

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:

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Former Deputy Head Boy to Attend University of Oxford


We have great news, former deputy head boy Aaron James, who left Leasowes High School in 2018, has recently been accepted to all FIVE of his university choices. The even better news is that one of choices and Aaron’s preferred destination is none other than Christ Church College,  University of Oxford, where Aaron will be reading for a degree in French and Spanish.

Christ Church College’s ‘Modest’ Dining Hall.

Aaron left Leasowes with an incredible set of GCSE results, four Grade 9s and four Grade 8s (Grade 8 is an A* equivalent and Grade 9 is only achieved by the top 2% of students in the country). Even more remarkably, Aaron achieved a Grade 9 in Spanish having only picked up the subject in year 9 after his Modern Foreign Language (MFL) teacher, Mrs Liz Hoare, identified Aaron’s flair for languages.

Following his great news Aaron came into school to speak to Mrs Hoare about the application process and his journey since leaving us two years ago, Aaron stated, “The application process was grueling to say the least! It included six interview stages, two grammar and translation exams, three pieces of written work on top of the usual application documents such as personal statements and UCAS form. Going into the interviews, I was aware of the stiff competition for places I would face so I had to prepare with lots of pre-reading and research.”

No one at Leasowes is surprised by Aaron’s success and achievements. During his time here, Aaron was chief language ambassador which meant that he regularly represented the MFL department at school functions and events. Aaron also benefitted from Leasowes’ Anglo-French links with a number of schools in Paris and Brittany, in year 9 he also enjoyed a trip to Paris where he took in the sites and culture of the magnificent French capital.

Aaron returns to share the news with his former French teacher.

Mrs Hoare commented, “I am immensely proud of Aaron’s achievements, no one deserves this more than he does. He is the most gifted linguist I have ever taught in my 18 years of teaching and is a role model to all students. His work ethic and thirst for learning is second to none, although this is a fantastic milestone for Aaron I also know it is only the beginning of his story and can’t wait to see what follows. Félicitations et bonne chance Aaron!”

As part of Aaron’s enrichment programme from King Edwards VI College, Stourbridge, he returned to school to support the MFL department as a Learning Support Assistant in 2019, he was a welcome addition to the team who are hoping he will return again in the future to inspire more students!

Aaron had the following advice for current Leasowes students who are about to make their option choices, “Do languages! They are the most rewarding subjects on offer, lots of opportunities to travel, lots of beautiful literature and it opens the world up, you never know where the future will take you! One of the most satisfying feelings is when native French or Spanish speakers understand what you are saying. Ultimately, whatever you choose make sure you love it, it makes it so much easier to learn”

Well done Aaron, we are all very proud of you!

 

Parental Reports | Wednesday 18th December 2019


On Wednesday 18th December 2019 Parental Reports have been handed to students in all year groups, these reports are also available to parents/carers via the Aspire Learning Platform.

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

Careers in Firm Focus at Leasowes


Our Year 11 students were treated to another unique experience today thanks to a collaborative initiative between the school and Dudley Connexions ‘Education Business Partnership’.   (Twitter Click Here)

The event formed part of our careers programme and saw all year 11 students, including students from Greenhill Leasowes Aternative Provision, complete applications, attend interviews and receive feedback on the interviews from local employers and mentors.

A huge thank you must go to must go to Mrs Atherton, Mrs Harper and Ms Thomas who organised the day and to Lorna Evans and Wendy Lowe who run the Education Business Partnership at Dudley Connexions.

The mock interviews gave our students an incredible insight to what the interview process for them will be like, a chance to try interview techniques in a controlled environment whilst receiving meaningful feedback from the kind of people they will need to impress in the future.

Our students shone throughout, Lorna and Wendy offering high praise for professionalism and manner.

Our students also valued the event, Louise T of 11KI added: “The mock interview seemed very real. The interviewers were very kind and seemed to care a lot about how I am doing at school and what I want to do in future. The interview was short, but it helped me understand what interviews in the future will be like”

We would like to thank Wendy and Lorna for visiting us today, an experience we highly recommend!

Train to Teach with Us! Join us at Woodrush Community Hub on Friday 29th November at 10:15am-11:30am.


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 Friday 29th November at 10:15am-11:30am.

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.

Leasowes Sports Centre | New longer opening hours


Leasowes Sports Centre | Leasowes High School, Kent Road, Halesowen.

Phone: 01384 686 608 | Email: leasowessportscentre@leasowes.dudley.sch.uk

http://www.leasowessportscentre.co.uk

Gym, New Outdoor 3G Football Pitch, Roller Disco, Jordan School of Dance, ZUMBA, Rugby Tots, Air Dynamix Trampolining, Gary Hickman’s Kickboxing and Lady kickboxing, Badminton, Indoor Football.

Our sports facilities exist both for the benefit of the school and the community. Whether you are a club with hundreds of members seeking space to train, a 5-a-side team looking for a pitch, or just fancy a game of Badminton we are able to cater to all needs. Call centre manager Kane Taylor and staff for details.

New longer opening hours:

Monday – Friday: 4:30pm – 10:30pm

Saturday: 8:30am – 7:00pm

Sunday: 8:30am – 7:00pm

NEW: Max Power Judo | Call or email Kane for details | leasowessportscentre@leasowes.dudley.sch.uk | 01384 686 608

NEW: Walking Football | Call or email Kane for details on | leasowessportscentre@leasowes.dudley.sch.uk | 01384 686 608

Invictus Schools @ RAF Cosford Glider Challenge 2019


22 OCTOBER 2019

On Tuesday 22 October 3 of our schools competed in RAF Cosford’s Glider Challenge 2019!

The event was a huge success, all participating students from Kinver High, Leasowes High School and Wombourne High School behaved and performed impeccably!

Kinver won the trophy for best pitch and presentation and Leasowes were crown 2019 champions!

Invictus Director of D&T, Stuart Chatterton, had entered Leasowes in the event previously winning the event twice before. Mr Chatterton was very impressed with the standard of STEM talent across the Trust and wanted to thank D&T staff for supporting the event and helping our students enjoy another unique opportunity and elite experience.

Everyday, in every way our students come first.

There is a full gallery from the day available on the Invictus Facebook Page and a highlights reel on our YouTube channel

ENJOY!

 

Greenhill ALC Young People, Families and Community Centre. Community Survey


Dear Community Member

Greenhill Alternative Learning Campus are looking to apply for funding to create a Young People, Families and Community Centre on their site. To assist us in their funding application could you please complete these questions as honestly as possible. Your responses will not only assist us in applying for funding but also help us to decide what to apply for.

Take Survey

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.

Leasowes High School – A Good School!


On 24th and 25th September, Leasowes High School had a visit from Ofsted under a Section 8 inspection.  I am really pleased to inform the school community that we are still a ‘Good’ school.  You can read some of the finer details in the letter/report from Ofsted, but some of my highlights include:

“…staff really care about pupils and how they do.”

“…pupils…like coming to school.  They feel that it is a safe place to be and that bullying is not tolerated.”

“Younger pupils say that they already feel safe and that older pupils go out of their way to be kind to them.”

I am extremely proud of all involved in the inspection, in particular the staff, students and parents and want to thank each of them for their commitment and dedication and I believe this inspection report sums the school up perfectly in its journey to becoming an outstanding educational establishment.

Kind regards,

Mr M Mynott

Full Report Available Here

Woodrush Teaching School Alliance


Train to teach

https://www.woodrush.org/page/?title=About+School+Direct&pid=187

School Direct can be seen as more hands on, getting the chance to learn ‘on the job’. However you shouldn’t worry about being thrown in at the deep end. You will be part of a team from the very start, receiving intensive support from experienced teachers and mentors. That means you will not be teaching classes unsupported until the school thinks you are ready. Another great thing about School Direct is that unlike the University led-routes you will know the group of schools that you will be placed at and in some cases exactly which school. This gives you the opportunity if you so wish to go into the school/department before your course starts to meet the team, observe some lessons and help you settle in quickly, removing any nerves you may have. However it is not an expectation that you complete this if you have commitments. Follow the link for more information.

Leasowes Students @ BMW Championships


On Thursday 19th September over 25 lucky students enjoyed an elite experience at one of the countries most prestigious golf courses.

The students had front row seats to see some of the world’s best golfers competing at the premier European Tour event.

Students represented Invictus from Crestwood, Kinver, Leasowes, Pedmore and Wombourne, they behaved impeccably and took the opportunity to get autographs, signed gloves and balls AND selfies with some of the best players on the planet.

A highlight of the day (aside from the GREAT weather) was the 10 minute chat our students had with Sky Sports presenter Nick Doherty who had just finished a live interview with Solheim Cup winner Georgia Hall. Nick spoke to our students at length about their day and their passion for golf and sport!

A full gallery of the magnificent day is available on the Invictus Sport Facebook Page

Great Night at Leasowes High School Open Evening


The Invictus Education Trust Open Evening season kicked off last night with a tremendous event at Leasowes High School. Hundreds of Year 6 students and their families joined us for a night of tasters and exhibitions, displaying the finest that Leasowes and Invictus has to offer. Our current student leaders were outstanding as always, acting as perfect hosts and tour guides to ensure everyone had a great evening.

Headteacher, Mr Mynott and his team would like to thank all that attended, students that volunteered and school staff that go above and beyond to create such a fantastic event.

We do it all again on Thursday evening! If you missed out on Tuesday or would like to come and see us again please do, Thursday 19th September, 6.30pm-8.30pm.

 

There is a small gallery from the evening available on our Facebook Page

Leasowes High School Students Receive 2019 GCSE Results!


Leasowes High School GCSE Results 2019

Leasowes High School, Halesowen, a member of Invictus Education Trust, are pleased with their GCSE results this year.  In particular they have seen an increase in the achievement of the top grades including the prestigious grade 9’s, and some excellent results in Science, both at combined and individual.  We would congratulate each student on their successes, and thank the committed staff and parents in supporting them with their achievement.

There have been some excellent individual results with students.  These include Aysha Shaik (four grade 9s and four grade 8s), Yaseen Kaid (four grade 9s, two grade 8s and two grade 7s), Kourtney Squires Purnell (one grade 9, five grade 8s and two grade 7s), James Moore (one grade 9, four grade 8s and two grade 7s), Alisha Chumber (two grade 9s, two grade 8s and two grade 7s) and Lara Albutt (two grade 9s, two grade 8s and a grade 7).

Mr Tony Bowles, Invictus Education Trust CEO, added: ‘Another fantastic set of results across the Trust which further confirms our collaborative approach is providing excellent outcomes for the most important people, our students!

Congratulations to each and every one of our students receiving their GCSE results today. There are some incredible performances across our Trust, in terms of both attainment and progress. An area of our results that would like to bring to your attention is the amount of grade 9’s our students have achieved. It is easy to see a grade 9 as an A* equivalent, but it is more than that. Students receiving a grade 9 in any given subject can classify themselves as ‘in the top 2% in the country’! This is a truly remarkable achievement and one of many areas of our results I take great pride in.

Our students always have and always will come first, but I would like to personally thank the staff across our Trust, who go above and beyond on a daily, sometimes hourly, basis to provide outstanding environments for our students to excel in.

I look forward to welcoming many of our students back in September as part of the Invictus Sixth Form’

For anyone that would like to learn more about our Trust please come to visit us at one or more of our open evenings. All details are available on our website www.invictus.education or call to arrange a visit on 01384 686586

Full gallery available on the Invictus Facebook Page

Incredible A Level Results at Invictus 6th Leasowes Campus


Invictus 6th Leasowes Campus

Another incredible year for our students, with 14% achieving an A or A*, 48% achieving A*- C and 4 of our subjects achieving a 100% pass rate! All students entered into our French A Level received an A*/A! Tres Bien!!!! We are proud of all of our students on their fantastic results and in gaining places of their choice at their respective universities or further education establishments. We must mention the exceptional results of Nicole Ferro who achieved grades A, A, B.

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.

The results days for Summer 2019 will be:


The results days for Summer 2019 will be:

GCE A Level and AS results – Thursday 15th August 2019 between 9.30 am and 10.30 am at the Main School Reception

GCSE Results – Thursday 22nd August 2019 from 10.30 am until 12 noon in the Main School Reception

If you wish any other person (including family members) to collect your results on your behalf, then you must send in a signed letter of authorisation from yourself with the collector (they must also bring in photo identification such as a passport or drivers license).

No results will be given out by telephone under any circumstances.

Candidates who are unable collect their results on the day can receive them through the post by providing Mr Hodcroft with £1 via the Main School Reception before Friday July 19th 2019. Results will then be forwarded First Class and posted on the afternoon of 15th August 2019 for GCE A Level and AS Level; and on 22nd 2019 August for GCSE, BTEC and Cambridge Nationals (Creative iMedia and Child Development).

Any other queries should be made to Mr Hodcroft.

On Friday August 23rd 2019 Mr Hodcroft will be available in Main School Reception between 09.30 and 11.00 to discuss any issues. Results can also be collected at this time.

No results will be available after 11.00am on Friday August 23rd 2019 until 9.00am on Wednesday September 4th 2019.

Uniform Shop – Order Quick


Uniform Shop

  Order online now

Place your order by the 11th August to receive your school uniform ready for the start of the Autumn term. During the summer we receive a very high volume of orders so please allow longer for delivery. Please note that this is a brand new online shop so you will need to create a new account with us.

Uniform – Order Quick

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Exam Results Days 2019


The results days for Summer 2019 will be:

GCE A Level and AS results – Thursday 15th August 2019 between 9.30 am and 10.30 am at the Main School Reception

GCSE Results – Thursday 22nd August 2019 from 10.30 am until 12 noon in the Main School Reception

If you wish any other person (including family members) to collect your results on your behalf, then you must send in a signed letter of authorisation from yourself with the collector (they must also bring in photo identification such as a passport or drivers license).

No results will be given out by telephone under any circumstances.

Candidates who are unable collect their results on the day can receive them through the post by providing Mr Hodcroft with £1 via the Main School Reception before Friday July 19th 2019. Results will then be forwarded First Class and posted on the afternoon of 15th August 2019 for GCE A Level and AS Level; and on 22nd 2019 August for GCSE, BTEC and Cambridge Nationals (Creative iMedia and Child Development).

Any other queries should be made to Mr Hodcroft.

On Friday August 23rd 2019 Mr Hodcroft will be available in Main School Reception between 09.30 and 11.00 to discuss any issues. Results can also be collected at this time.

No results will be available after 11.00am on Friday August 23rd 2019 until 9.00am on Wednesday September 4th 2019.

In the Spotlight: Bethanie 8N1


Bethanie was in a dance competition this Saturday and has come 1st for her section and 4th overall out of 90 dancers same age group. She has won the scholarship and will be going to Florida within the two years.

Knife Crime Awareness


Dear Parents/Carers

I have attached a joint letter from the school and West Midlands Police over the growing concern we have nationally and locally around knife crime. Next week the police will be working with various partner agencies in Op Sceptre to focus on knife crime. Schools within Dudley are supporting this and working together to ensure our children are safe and continue to understand the impact of this crime.

Yesterday, we remembered one of our own students who 6 years ago was fatally stabbed. The memory of that day and following days is easily the worst that I have experienced and would not want to repeat this again for the school or the families concerned. This is why we are uniting with the police for this focus.

School Police Partnership Letter March 2019

Yours sincerely,
Mr M Mynott
Headteacher

In the Spotlight: Frankie 9S2


Frankie played in the UK U15’s Regional Rugby Finals at Chester RFC yesterday where she scored a winning try with 3 minutes of the game left to go which secured the team the Winners of the Regional Cup. They will now go on to play in the National Finals on Sunday 7th April. Go Frankie Go!

An amazing achievement of which we are all extremely proud of. This is in addition to the recent news that she has been selected to play for the North Midlands U15’s County Rugby Team, of which at their first Festival last Sunday 24th her County Team won 9 out of 9 matches. An unprecedented result. Well done Frankie A*