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 within the Cockburn Multi-Academy Trust, 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. We also work closely with the university regarding an exciting partnership with the university’s medical school as well as our nationally renowned rowing programme.
The college is now in its fourth year and opened with a cohort of 405 students; our full PAN is 520 and for September 2019 we received in excess of 2,000 applications. During our first two years we were situated in two buildings which are both close to the White Rose Centre but in September 2017 the college moved into our 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.
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 was inspected for the first time in March 2018 and judged to be Outstanding overall and in all areas of its work. Inspectors noted the conspicuous excellence of its work with students from less advantaged backgrounds.