Invictus Education Trust has successfully completed its third full year – the first year with four academies (Ellowes Hall Sports College and Crestwood School in Dudley with Ounsdale High School and Kinver High School in South Staffordshire) and last year with the addition of a fifth Academy – Leasowes High School in Halesowen.
Next term, Pedmore High School in Dudley will join – making it six schools in the Trust.
A spokesman said: “We know that by working together as six schools we can raise standards to heights we could never achieve alone.
“We have set ourselves the target of having our students compete academically with the very best – be they from state or independent schools.
“Our students benefit from excellent collaboration across our curriculums. Invictus subject directors ensure good practice is shared across all six schools, for all 5,000 Invictus students.”
As well as the subject directors, the Trust has also appointed a Director of Performing Arts and Director of Sport, ensuring students have access to truly elite experiences.
The Invictus Sport ethos is ‘Unconquerable in Sport’, competition between schools is tenacious, fierce, but fair.
Students have enjoyed access to sailing, scuba diving, golf, skeet shooting and tennis, this year even attending ‘The Championships’ at Wimbledon.
These elite opportunities compliment a full programme of the more traditional sports.
The Invictus Performing Arts regularly come together to perform across a number of platforms.
The Invictus Choir has performed in some of the country’s most illustrious venues, including Birmingham Symphony Hall and the BBC’s Prom Season at the Royal Albert Hall.
In March this year students performed at the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre to showcase ‘Invictus Festival of Performing Arts’ performing in front of over 1,200 people.
These experiences will never be forgotten
WHAT'S THE MEANING?
The word "Invictus" is defined as indomitable or unconquerable.
Together with the final two lines of the William Ernest Henley Poem (of the same title) - "I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul", this goes a long way to sum up what the organisation wants for its students.
It is the from this poem that Invictus draw their values: Resilence, Independence and Confidence, there values, coupled with academic success, ensure students truly are maters of their fate.