After long and careful consideration by senior leaders and members of the board of The GORSE Academies Trust a decision was taken in 2013 to close our sixth forms and to seek to open our own Post 16 college under the free schools programme. This was a particularly challenging decision; ultimately, however, we prioritised the interests of our students and recognised that in terms of financial viability and academic performance a large sixth form college with a pure focus on A level performance would serve our own community and the wider Leeds city community best.
engaging in rigorous academic study which is of the highest standardElliott Hudson College is unashamedly ambitious. It takes students from The GORSE Academies Trust and our partner schools Swallow Hill Community College, Cockburn High School and The South Leeds Academy, as well as a large number of students from across the Leeds city region and supports them in engaging in rigorous academic study which is of the highest standard. We enjoy a formal partnership with the University of Leeds which includes access for all our students to their world class learning facilities and libraries 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 364 days of the year.
our full PAN is 520 and for September 2017 we have already received hundreds of applicationsThe college is now in its second year and opened with a cohort of 405 students; our full PAN is 520 and for September 2017 we have already received hundreds of applications. We are currently situated in two buildings which are both close to the White Rose Centre but in September 2017 the college will move into its new state of the art facilities which are also within the commercial sector of the White Rose Office Park. All facilities are world class and are one of the reasons why so many young people are applying for a place with us.
At the end of its first year Elliott Hudson College secured exceptionally impressive examination results at AS Level and GCSE. The college also has a unique approach to the Extended Project Qualification which continues to be another area of great strength. In all areas of the Level 3 performance tracker the college’s outcomes are classified as being significantly better than would be expected.
The college is named after two students of The Morley Academy, Hannah Hudson and Natasha Elliott. Hannah was killed in a road traffic accident in 2009 and Natasha in a railway accident in 2010. Both were wonderful young people who would have gone on to very high levels of performance academically.
Elliott Hudson College is led by David Holtham who has extensive experience of leading high performing, large sixth forms. We are confident that under his leadership the college will secure an Outstanding judgment in its third year; our first formal monitoring visit led by an experienced Headteacher gave a very clear view that this is likely to be the case.