Billesley Artsmark Platinum Award

We are extremely proud of achieving our Artsmark Platinum Award. We have worked hard to develop a rich, broad and balanced curriculum enriched by the quality of Arts provision.  This was achieved through working with high-quality Arts professionals and organisations both locally and nationally. They constantly challenge our thinking and help us to provide outstanding opportunities for all of our pupils. We would like to thank them for their continued support. At Billesley primary school we are committed to delivering the highest quality arts and cultural education for our pupils and look forward to continuing to grow our provision whilst support other local and national schools.


George Betts Primary

The Music Mark 2019/20

We have been presented with 'The Music Mark 2019/20' for our commitment to providing high quality music education for all children!

Congratulations for achieving @musicmarkuk membership and being one of our ‘musical schools’!  Sandwell Music Education Hub


Kings Rise has achieved the Artsmark Silver Award for bringing learning to life through arts and culture

Their statement of commitment, Case Study and Impact was assessed and the following comments were made by the Arts Council, England:

Great progress has been made in terms of arts opportunities and learning provision. For example, stronger relationships across the MAT, Arts Connect through projects such as ‘Infuse-Dance’ digital art project and the annual academy arts festival. These partnerships have enabled Kings Rise to produce high quality learning opportunities and showcase children’s work on a much larger scale than would be possible if working in isolation. Additionally strengthened existing partnerships with ‘Speight of the Art’, Good Hope Hospital and ‘Wild in Art’ by participating in existing and new ventures.   


Greenside Film Factory is very proud to have achieved the ArtsMark Platinum Award (September 2019)

Their statement of commitment, Case Study and Impact was assessed and the following comments were made by the Arts Council, England:

Greenside Primary School has a rich arts based pedagogy delivered through your Breaking Boundaries model and the use of Film as the hook for your curriculum. The timetable is shaped to allow for cross year group Crews to focus on a creative project on Thursdays. Fridays are devoted to arts based coursed delivered by arts specialists. Partnerships with arts organisations including Into Film, Good Chance Theatre and the Schools Shakespeare Festival enable rich arts experiences for your pupils. You are supporting schools in your MAT with their arts curriculums. You have clearly demonstrated that senior leaders advocate for the impact of arts and culture through speaking at Federation events and at national conferences; and that children have continuous access to a wider range of challenging arts and cultural experiences that are stretching their knowledge, skills and understanding. 

Greenside look forward to another year of developing their Arts work with TEFAT and the London community.

Greenside Primary School ArtsMark Platinum Award (September 2019)


Ofsted praises Elliot Foundation as inspirational

The Elliot Foundation is pleased as Punch with its Ofsted Summary Evaluation released this week.  Eleven of our schools were inspected earlier this year and HMIs spent a further week assessing the Trust itself in June. Overall they have found that we have, "helped to promote significant and rapid improvement... in most of our schools" and that central to this success is our, "reflective, open minded approach".

Inspectors welcomed our, "wholeheartedly inclusive and deliberately non-hierarchical" set-up; recognising that many of our schools, "had a history of not doing well" and that despite these challenges we, "have an impressive record of developing leadership... so that improvements are made sustainable." 

You can read the full report here.


Annual Report 2019

Dear Parents and Carers,
We’d like to welcome you to the Elliot Foundation’s Annual Report. We’ve had a great year! We’ve been inspired and motivated by our teachers and each other; we love being challenged, to fulfil our dreams.

We think that it is special to work together to improve our learning and make the world a better place. Throughout the year we have been given many fun, educational opportunities including: music events and the performing arts, sporting events, and residential trips. This enriches our education and supports us to make connections with our wider community.

As parents and carers, you want your children to be safe, happy, learning and prepared for the future. Don’t worry… we’re in the right place; our teachers definitely care about us! The Elliot Foundation only achieves when we achieve. This year, we have become stronger in mind, more independent, proud to be us and proud to be part of the MAT and we know that the Elliot Foundation is proud of us too!

This introduction was written by children from Kings Rise, Cavalry and Greenside Primary Schools

To read the full report click here

Hillingdon Children Present on Google stage at BETT

On Friday 26th January, the Digital Leaders of Hillingdon Primary School visited the British Educational Training and Technology Show (BETT) at the Excel Centre in East London. The show is an opportunity for technological businesses to share new ideas and information with educators. After an excellent presentation at the Elliot Foundation Digital Leader Event at Brunel University, Hillingdon’s Digital Leaders were excited to have been invited by Google to deliver a presentation at their Google Training Centre at BETT.


David Shepherd Wildlife's Global Canvas

Very proud of George Betts children who have just won 1st prize for their work on bees at  David Shepherd Wildlife's Global Canvas  

David Shepherd Wildlife's Global Canvas


In the weeks building up to the event, the eight Digital Leaders met with Mr Jacobs, Head of Computing at Hillingdon Primary School, to decide on exactly what they wanted to say. All children agreed they loved using Google both in the classroom and at home, and hoped for a future where such cloud technologies were a core part of everyday schooling. Together they decided to call their presentation: A Vision of the Future; Imagined by Children.

The children began writing, editing and redrafting what they wanted to say, and started  practicing how they wanted to say it. By performing their presentation at school assemblies, they gained confidence in talking to an audience, and by the morning of the 26th, they were ready.

The Digital Leaders met at Hillingdon train station and travelled up with staff from their school. The BETT show runs from Wednesday to Saturday, but Friday is known to be the busiest day. By the time the children went on at 11am a large crowd had gathered. In the audience were school leaders, business managers, Google employees, computing teachers and other members of the general public.

London Digital Leader Event

On Tuesday December 5th 2017, the Elliot Foundation held its first ever London Digital Leader event at Brunel University.

Digital Leaders are a special group of children within a school tasked with driving forward the use of technology. It’s an exciting time for education, with schools now using cloud technologies to provide a platform for collaboration between schools, and allow a link between the learning children complete at school and the learning they engage with at home. Now that information is freely available via the internet, we hope that by giving children more control over their learning will benefit their future.

The Elliot Foundation work with Google For Education. This provides each child with their own email account, and with this account comes a range of free apps such as Google Docs, Google Sites and Google Classroom. To help drive this forward, Digital Leaders have begun to be appointed in London-based schools, first at The Hyde in Hendon, and now at Hillingdon Primary School.


The application process to become a Digital Leader is an excellent opportunity for children to develop real-life skills, as candidates first apply by completing an application form and, if selected for the next round, proceed with a formal interview. Whether candidates succeed or fail, they receive crucial experience which will benefit them when applying for roles in their adult lives.

To celebrate the growth of Digital Leaders in the Elliot Foundation, many of our London-based schools attended Brunel University in Uxbridge to enjoy an exciting day of activities. Six schools were present on the day: The Hyde, Parkfield Primary School, Claremont Primary School, John Locke Academy, Pinkwell Primary School and Hillingdon Primary School.

The day was opened by Mark House, Senior Product Manager at RM, who gave a keynote speech about the exciting possibilities now present to children at they move forward into the digital age. This was followed by a tour of the campus led by a range of Computer Science students, ranging from first year students developing their first real-world programs, to third year students working with artificial intelligence to develop drones that can enter fires to assess safety for firefighters.

Children enjoyed the opportunity to talk with such students and hear their thoughts on attending university and how technology is changing our future. They visited the on-campus student accommodation and the wide range of facilities available to students, such as the indoor 100m running track, frequented by Usain Bolt when training in London, and the Computer Labs which had been modelled on modern-day technology companies to promote collaboration between students and teacher.

After this, children from each school were invited to present their ideas and learning in a university lecture hall. It was exciting to see how each school had made use of Google to further their learning; The Hyde shared an interactive adventure story using Google Slides, John Locke showed how Google Sites can be used to present learning on foundation subjects, Pinkwell used the same app to create a Computing website to showcase each year group’s learning and Hillingdon Primary School presented an Online Portfolio for each child which showcased not only the learning in school, but also further learning and hobbies outside of school. For these children, the learning doesn’t stop when they leave the classroom.

After this Brunel University provided each child with a lunch voucher worth £6. The children were tasked to visit the university cafeteria and apply their mental maths skills to select a lunch that fell within the £6 limit. After lunch the Digital Leaders took part in a robotics workshop led by university students. Working with Ozobots, the children were challenged to think outside the box to solve a series of coding challenges in the fastest time possible.

The Elliot Foundation would like to thank Brunel University for being such hospitable hosts. We would also like to extend our thanks to Lesley Mortimer, Brunel’s Widening Participation Officer, and to Mr Jacobs, Head of Computing at Hillingdon Primary School, for their work in organising the event. We now look forward to further Digital Leader events later this academic year!

Enquiry form

Please complete the enquiry form below if you would like any further information or have any questions you would like us to answer.

Your Name
Email Address
Telephone (optional)
Organisation (optional)
Your Enquiry