Ellowes Hall Sports College has plenty of successes to celebrate.
Headteacher Alan Jasper said: “We will never compromise on these high standards – and we will commit ourselves to helping our children to be the best they can be.
“Ofsted, at its most recent inspection in November 2012, decided that in all areas the school is ‘outstanding’.
“However,Iwould like to stress that, while we are pleased with what we have done, we have not exhausted our ambition – we can, and will, do even better.
“Our Sports College Status has brought with it substantial achievements – obviously sporting but also across other subjects and within the local community in areas such as our outstanding productions, community events such as the Senior Citizens Christmas Party, and our International School Award–the first to be awarded to a Dudley school.
“We are, furthermore, one of the first schools nationally to be granted our own Army Cadet Detachment. Ellowes Hall is one of the few state secondary schools to have its own sailing club; based at Himley Lake, with two boats of its own.
“We are also an accredited Duke of Edinburgh Award Centre and offer it as part of extensive Enrichment Programme.
“In November, the Sports College put on one of their annual, now legendary,
“We were the first school in Dudley to receive the Leading Parent Partnership Award.”
West End style musical productions. This year more than one hundred students and staff will be involved in the production of Miss Saigon and once again we hope to play to sell-out audiences.
“We were also the first school in Dudley to receive the Leading Parent Partnership Award, and furthermore, to be re-accredited with it a further three consecutive times.
“We take seriously the idea of ‘in loco parentis’, the idea that while students are with us we are their parents and, like all parents, we want the absolute best for them.
“We will also actively help parents help their children whenever they can.
“This is a school with a good deal of pride in itself – we are proud of our young people and we are proud of the caring education they receive.
“I would particularly urge you to visit the school and assess for yourself what the place ‘feels’ like.