Leasowes High School
|Motto||Aspire and Achieve|
|Type||Comprehensive Foundation school|
|Headteacher||Mr Matthew Mynott (Interim)|
|DfE URN||103861 Tables|
|Houses||Cheshire, Kennedy, Nuffield, Shaftsbury|
Leasowes High School (previously community college) is a secondary school in Halesowen, West Midlands, England. It was opened in 1972 to replace the nearby Hill & Cakemore Secondary School, and during the 1990s awarded Community College status.
It regularly performs well in the Dudley Borough's GCSE league tables; and there is a high application rate amongst primary school leavers, meaning that some local children have to attend schools further afield, such as Earls High School and Windsor High School.
In 2008 Leasowes Community College was awarded "Outstanding Winner 2008" at the 21st Century Learning Alliance Awards.
Specialist school status
In September 2004 Leasowes Community College was awarded specialist school status, giving them the title of Business and Enterprise College. This has allowed the college to expanded by the addition of a new £2.5 million building to provide modern and well equipped ICT leaning and teaching equipment to accommodate its status.
Halesowen Education Trust
Halesowen Education Trust is the first of its kind in the UK.
Launched in late 2007, the area’s secondary schools, Earls High School, Windsor High School and Leasowes Community College, have formed a Trust federation with Halesowen College, with the support of the Wolverhampton University, Dudley Local Authority and business partners.
Its role is to provide opportunities for progression for pupils from the three schools and the college, with the university encouraging them to aspire to higher education.
The Trust was launched at Earls High School on 10 December 2007 with a telephone conference with Schools Minister Jim Knight. He talked about the opportunities the Trust would create and also spoke to pupils.
Officials from the Department for Children, Schools and Families’ City Challenges – a £160 million scheme to boost schools in the Black Country, London and Greater Manchester - met the heads of the schools and members of the Trust board, along with local MP Sylvia Heal.
Leasowes has a close working relationship with Trilby Multimedia. In October 2004 Leasowes worked closely with Trilby to create the Mediaonics Fantasia. For two weeks the Ruskin Centre, Stourbridge, hosted staff and pupils from Halesowen Education Trust and Industry Partners to create the Garden Of Imaginary Delights, a Mediaonics Fantasia installation on a large scale with influences from Hawkstone Park and Follies.
The school was opened in September 1972 as a 13-18 mixed secondary school, as Halesowen borough council had abandoned the traditional 5-7 infant, 7-11 junior and 11-16/18 secondary schools in favour of a three-tier system of 5-9 first, 9-13 middle and 13-18 secondary schools. Leasowes High School effectively replaced Hill & Cakemore Secondary Modern Schools on Long Lane, with the old school becoming Greenhill Middle School.
Halesowen was absorbed by Dudley (which had adopted 5-8 first and 8-12 middle schools in 1972) in April 1974, but the system in Halesowen continued until September 1982, when the traditional age ranges were reinstated, although the remaining parts of Dudley did not revert to this system for another eight years. Leasowes became an 11-16 comprehensive as a result of this reorganisation, resulting in the closure of Greenhill Middle School. The three oldest year groups at Greenhill moved up to Leasowes, while the youngest year group were transferred to Olive Hill Primary School. Sixth form education in Halesowen was then centralised to an expanded Halesowen College.
The Greenhill Middle School site remained in use until 1987, as an annexe to Leasowes until new buildings on the Kent Road site were opened to accommodate the sufficient pupil numbers. It was demolished soon after.
It was announced in 2016 that the school would be joining the Invictus Education Trust in light of the governments plans for all schools to become academies.
Christina Edkins tragedy
The school suffered a tragedy on 7 March 2013 when 16-year-old pupil Christina Edkins was stabbed to death on a bus travelling along nearby Hagley Road on her journey to school. The tragedy has been the focus of local and national media attention. Thousands attended her funeral.
- 21st Century Learning Awards Archived 2008-12-25 at the Wayback Machine.
- "UK's first education trust launched". Wolverhampton University. December 2007.
- "Christina Edkins stab death: Tributes to Birmingham schoolgirl". BBC News. 7 March 2013. Retrieved 10 November 2013.