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Jan 24 | Professional football players join Shireland Hall girls' football team

Shireland Hall girl's football squad had two new additions at training this week: Darnell Furlong and Nathaniel Chalobah from West Bromwich Albion! The two professional players took part in a Q+A session, signed autographs and also joined in playing football with the girls.

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Jan 24 | International visitors arrive at Greenside

Greenside Primary hosted two large international groups - 22 educators from Apple Hong Kong on one day, and 22 educators from the Middle East and Poland on another. Among these educators were those working for ministries of education in Saudi Arabia and the UAE, and those working in the EdTech sector and Apple in their respective countries. Greenside was subsequently featured at the BETT conference in London as a case study in sustainability. 

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Jan 24 | Our schools receive letters from Minister for Schools

Damien Hinds, the Minister of Schools, wrote to 2 of our schools this week. Shirestone received a letter as 100% of pupils met the expected standard in the 2023 Phonics Screening Check, putting them in the top 1% of primary schools in England. Meanwhile, George Betts received a letter for being in the top 200 schools for the multiplication tables check. 

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Jan 24 | Shirestone receives an Outstanding Ofsted judgement

Shirestone staff are thrilled to receive another outstanding Ofsted judgement. 

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Nov 23 | Mayor of West Midlands visits Shirestone Academy

Andy Street, mayor of the West Midlands, visited Shirestone Academy this month. Andy spoke to the children about dreams and aspirations. 

He joins an esteemed list of visitors to our schools that includes future queens and prime ministers, oscar-nominated actors, artists, authors, and poet laureates.

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Sep 23 | Green curriculum launches

September saw the launch of the TEFAT Green Curriculum. All the schools in the Trust are working collectively to put teaching and learning about the environment and sustainability at the heart of the curriculum. 

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Aug 23 | Welcome Hollywood!

We're very pleased to welcome a new school to the family. Hollywood Primary School in the West Midlands joins us this September and becomes our 33rd primary school! 

Find out more about Hollywood here.

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Jul 23 | Elliot Foundation KS2 SATs results improve by 1%

Elliot Foundation now meets the national average for Reading, Writing, and Maths (RWM), with 59% of our pupils exceeding DfE targets. Our highest achieving school had 84% of pupils exceed the target for RWM. In 2022, we achieved 58% RWM. 

Jul 23 | At Royal Opera House, 2000 of our pupils sing the Magic Flute

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Jul 23 | Hillingdon re-awarded a School Games Platinum Award

The School Games Mark is a government led awards scheme launched in 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community. 

Hillingdon Primary School were happy to be awarded a Platinum award from School Games for the second year running.

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Jun 23 | Greenside Primary re-awarded Artsmark Platinum Award

Arts Council England have awarded Greenside Primary an Artsmark Platinum Award for the second time running. All Elliot Foundation schools have achieved, or are working towards, an Artsmark Award in commitment to our emphasis on providing a broad curriculum. 

Across the Trust, 6 schools have Artsmark Platinum awards, 11 schools have Artsmark Gold Awards, and 9 schools have achieved Artsmark Silver.

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Apr 23 | Olympic gold-medallists teach swimming at Shireland Hall

Shireland Hall pupils received swimming lessons from Olympic gold-medallists & pro swimmers.

Ensuring children can swim enables a safer, healthier society. However, in the Black Country, fewer than half of primary school leavers can swim 25m. This is partially due to effects of COVID19. Unsurprisingly, the pop up pool scheme has made some waves in the media:


As the athletes pointed out, high swimming participation is also crucial to bring about the next generation of athletes that will represent us on the international stage. We're grateful to all the organisers and to Ellie Simmonds, Adam Peaty, Matt Richards, Michael Gunning, and Anna Hopkin who gave our pupils a once-in-a-lifetime swimming lesson. 

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Mar 23 | Annual Report Release

We are pleased to release our Annual Report 2023 which provides an overview of news and events from the past year. Find about world-record-breaking sports lessons, arts projects with nationally renown institutions, our community projects, and much more.

Click here to access.

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Feb 23 | Reflections on a multi-school arts network

Our reflections on the strengths and challenges of running a multi-school arts network have been published by A New Direction. While the article focus is on our West Midlands schools, our arts network expands to all schools across West Midlands, London, and East Anglia.

Read it here: https://hi.switchy.io/artsnetwork

The death of HM Queen Elizabeth II

The Elliot Foundation mourns the death of HM Queen Elizabeth II. A life spent in the service of others is a life to be honoured.

Grief, although it can be expressed collectively, is experienced personally. It is not our place or indeed anyone else's to tell you how to grieve. We will all feel differently about the death of HM Queen Elizabeth II. How you feel is how you feel.

During the 10 day period of national mourning our schools will remain open as normal. If a bank holiday is declared for the state funeral then schools will close on that day.

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