The Crestwood School
|The Crestwood School|
|Motto||Service Not Self|
|Department for Education URN||141325 Tables|
|Age||11 to 18|
|Houses||Invincible, Discovery, Endeavour, Victory and Warrior|
|Colour(s)||Orange, Blue, Green, Red and Yellow|
|Former name||Brierley Hill Grammar School|
|Previous Headmaster||Mrs Maxine Suthons|
- 1 History
- 2 Invictus Education Trust
- 3 Summary and Campus 21
- 4 Extra-curricular
- 5 Special Educational Needs
- 6 The House System
- 7 Alumni
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
The school was started during the 1930s as Brierley Hill Intermediate School in Mill St., Brierley Hill. It became Brierley Hill Technical School before becoming a Grammar School in the 1950s with students from the Urban District and other parts of South Staffordshire Education Authority area and Brierley Hill Parliamentary district. The Grammar School relocated to new purpose-built premises in Bromley Lane, the current building, in 1959.
It went comprehensive and was renamed The Crestwood School in 1975 and has since expanded to serve the eastern area of Kingswinford, which mainly developed after the Second World War. It stands on the border of Kingswinford and the [Pensnett] and Brierley Hill townships.
The school had a sixth form until July 1991 and as of September 2015 reinstated its sixth form under the Invictus Education Trust.
Easier access for students
In August 2006, the school completed work to insert a lift and adjoining corridors between the two main education "blocks" - A block and B block. A consequence of this is that students are now able to cross between the two blocks without having to go in a "up-and-down" fashion.
Proposal to merge into an academy
In December 2007, plans were unveiled to merge Crestwood with nearby Pensnett High School to form an academy, but these plans were dismissed 15 months later, and followed by the shut-down of Pensnett High School a few years later.
In 2012, Head Teacher Mrs Maxine Suthons retired and Mr T Bowles (former Deputy Head) took over to continue the progress of the School. During this period, there was an introduction CCTV Cameras in and around the school to improve security and the refurbishment of the school's science laboratories was completed.
On the 1 March 2015 the school converted to academy status.
In 2015 The Crestwood School re-joined/founded their new Sixth form and has an academy, called the "Invictus Education Trust", set up with schools which are respectfully: Leasowes High School, Ounsdale High School, Ellowes Sports College  and Kinver High School.
The "Invictus Education Trust" is the academy to which The Crestwood School, Leasowes High School, Ounsdale High School, Ellowes Sports College  and Kinver High School  are all part of. The Sixth form is governed by Mr A S Griffiths. The Invictus Trust was created in March 2015 by the founding schools: Crestwood School, Ounsdale High School, Ellowes Sports College and Kinver High School with Leasowes joining in Autumn 2016. The word Invictus by defenition means ‘indomitable or unconquerable’. After creating the Education Trust, they then brought about the genesis of the 'Invictus Sixth Form' in which all of these schools involved are part of.
Summary and Campus 21
The Crestwood School is one of the more successful secondary schools in the area and is part of a project that involves both a standard Primary School and a Special Educational Needs (SEN) school, which work closesly with each other. The area known as Campus 21 has benefitted from investment including the building of The Brier School (SEN 5-19) and a new sports hall. The Drama department is one of the most successful subjects in the school and each year they perform for the National Youth Theatre.
Two systems used within the school include the Buddy system, whereby Year 10 students work with new Year 7 students in a bid to help them settle in after their school change. There is also a group of ambassadors, where Year 11 students assist teachers in the monitoring of students.
Extra qualifications and courses include "Critical Thinking" AS level, for more gifted students, hosted by King Edward VI College, and vocational opportunities at local colleges. Other activities include debates, swimming galas and historic visits.
For option choices students have the choice of: P.E, Food technology, Product design, Geography, History, R.E, I.C.T, Drama, Art or Music as their main GCSE Course, or they have the choice to go to a local college and study different courses including: Animal management, Hair And Beauty, Construction, Business Studies, Child Care and many other courses.
Special Educational Needs
Crestwood has a very active SEN policy, with a higher than average proportion of SEN students than most other schools, this has been bolstered recently by the introduction of a scheme whereby Crestwood becomes the major centre for deaf or hard of hearing students throughout the Dudley Metropolitan Borough.
The House System
The House System is now fully implemented having been introduced to students in a series of assemblies in July 2009. Each house consists of at least one class from each year group. After students and staff had voted which list of names they liked best as a title for each house the system with the greatest number of votes was Famous Ship Names.
There is a member of staff who has pastoral responsibilities for each House. This management structure replaced the Head of Year system where a member of staff dealt with issues that arose from students who belonged to a particular year group.
This new method of grouping students in this vertically integrated way will have a number of benefits for students and it is envisaged that it will result in the smoother running of Crestwood.
Each house is now identified by a different colour. This colour is integrated into the school badge that is worn on a blazer. The school is very grateful to Totally Uniformed who have helped us to finance this change. The result is that current students have been given a new house badge to replace the old one that they had.
The first time the house system was incorporated into the life of Crestwood was for Sports Day on Tuesday 14 July 2009
The school badge had been changed due to The House system being introduced, with the rim of the badge being the colour of the house they are in. The colours and names for each house are:
- Invincible - Orange
- Discovery - Blue
- Endeavour - Green
- Victory - Red
- Warrior - Yellow
Crestwood is considered to be the most improved school in Dudley so far.
Brierley Hill Grammar School
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