The Rime of The Ancient Mariner

"A few Y6 students listened with me to a wonderful new radio version of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner spoken aloud by famous people who had some connection with the poem – however small. 

We were inspired, once more, by the power and control of the language, by the strong environmental theme that resonates loudly in our current climate crisis and by how beautiful the words and rhyme sounded when performed.

What better way to share and inspire our TEFAT community than to curate and create our own version!

Our Principals and Central Team signed up to perform quicker than we could have imagined and soon we had assigned our adults a few lines each (mirroring the BBC version!) to record. Simultaneously we commissioned students across the Trust to capture the scenes through Art using any mediums they wished. These amazingly poignant pieces were created during Lockdown.

We wanted to capture the diversity of voices and artistic imagination across our Regions and celebrate our connections. We discovered, hitherto, undiscovered talents and we had lots of fun!

Above all we tried to create a piece of multi-media Art to share with students, staff, families and our communities that they can enjoy for many years to come and will, we believe, remind everyone of peace, poetry and above all hope. "

Karen Bastick-Styles, Executive Head Teacher at Greenside Primary School


Annual report to parents and carers 2020

Overall, this was another good year for the schools in the Elliot Foundation. The Trust was inspected as a whole by Ofsted and the report was a resounding endorsement of our vision and ambition for all children. Below are some key excerpts:

“Fourteen schools have improved their, ‘overall effectiveness’ judgements by at least one grade and five by two grades or more” 

“Leaders’ high expectations have helped promote significant and rapid improvement in most of the trust’s schools” 

“Wholeheartedly inclusive and deliberately non-hierarchical... Determined to improve the well-being and achievement of vulnerable pupils” 

“Open, responsive and sometimes inspirational... A culture of ‘reflection rather than recrimination’ when things go wrong” 


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


The Elliot Foundation Winter Campaign - Community Box Appeal

The Elliot Foundation has launched a campaign to support its local communities this winter. By delivering “Community Boxes’” of essential foods, personal hygiene products and educational activities to vulnerable families, it seeks to ensure as many as possible are given a helping hand in what is likely to be a difficult winter.

Over the last 9 months 14% of UK families with children have experienced food insecurity. Recently, England footballer Marcus Rashford shed light on the importance of this issue with his Child Food Poverty Task Force successfully challenging government to extend free school meals to 1.4 million UK children throughout the school holidays.We have noted that whilst 52.9% of parents felt anxious or extremely anxious about their child returning to school, at the same time more than a third disclosed that their personal and financial circumstances had been adversely affected by Covid-19. Taking together the financial strain and concern over physical and mental wellbeing, the need to ensure that no family is left behind has never been higher. 

The ‘Community box’ programme sees our schools become distribution centres for weekly boxes made up of surplus food sourced from charities like FareShare and City Harvest together with donations from local businesses. School staff volunteer with the packing and delivering of boxes to scores of families in need. As of November, the scheme has provided over 314 families with essential support. Our aim is to reach all families in need of assistance within our schools in the following weeks. 

The Community Box programme is currently running in 7 Elliot Foundation schools. It was developed in partnership with Rackets Cubed, a sports educational charity who have also developed hubs in Roehampton, Hull, Leeds and Manchester.

A weekly community box provides a family with basic goods such as cereals, vegetables, protein sources, cleaning products, personal hygiene items, together with educational activities and some creative activities, such as tennis balls or art materials. Parents can sign up with their schools and collect their box every Friday. Each community box can make the difference between a family falling behind on weekly essentials.