Our Deepest Condolonces

It has been such a heartbreaking day, we echo the sentiments of our CEO, Mr Bowles, in his statement below – Mrs Sutton:
“This morning we received the desperately sad news that five young people were travelling in a vehicle that collided with a tree in Kingswinford.
Two teenage girls and a man in his 20s (the driver of the vehicle) lost their lives at the scene. For us this tragedy has been made all the more painful after we received the news that 4 of the 5 people involved were former Invictus students. It is with a heavy heart that we are to announce that the two teenage girls were former students of Crestwood School and Wombourne High School.
We would like to extend our most sincere condolences to the families, our thoughts and prayers are with you and we are so sorry for your loss, two wonderful young ladies who we were immensely proud of.
Two other former students were also involved in the collision and are currently in critical condition in hospital, again our thoughts and prayers are with their families, everyone at Crestwood, Wombourne High School and Invictus Education Trust are hoping and praying for a swift and full recovery.”
Tony Bowles
Chief Executive Officer
Invictus Education Trust

Open Evening Success – Applications Now Open!

Our opening night was a huge success! 3 events down and 12 to go!
More importantly, admissions are now open! We have been oversubscribed for a number of years, but as Mrs Sutton mentioned tonight, we have opened up and extra  spaces to allow more of you to join.
Complete the admissions form for the Local Authority you live in on one of the links below and make sure you put Crestwood as FIRST CHOICE!

Book Open 2020 Bookings

Welcome to the bookings page for our Open Day 2020 Events.

Please click on the link below to book a spot for your child on our upcoming COVID-19 secure event.

Our Open Evening events are completely full, if you would like to see our school, please email snaujeer@crestwood-s.dudley.sch.uk to book an individual tour and chat with a member of the school’s leadership team

Click here for a link to our booking system.

Click here for our COVID-19 protocols. 

Click here for our Open Evening Presentation

Crestwood Students Celebrate GCSE Results!

Crestwood School GCSE Results- Headteacher, Caroline Sutton

Crestwood are delighted to celebrate the success of this year’s Year 11 GCSE and BTEC results. All students performed in line or better than their teachers’ expectations in spite of adverse press over recent weeks. We are pleased to announce that over 75% of our students achieved a grade 4 or better in five or more subjects, and over 50% achieving a grade 5 or better across five or more subjects.

More students than ever attained the top grades in English, Maths and Science. Special congratulations go to Sinead Leckey who attained nine grade 9s, Charlie Hampson who attained eight grade 9s  , Connor Higgs who attained  five grade 9s and four grade 8s and Kaitlin Higgs who attained four grade 9s and six grade 8s.

Riley Barrett, Kiran Shafiq, Saad Adil and Aletia Slessor made the most progress in the year group.

We are so pleased and proud that all of the efforts and hard work put in by our students have been recognised and have led to these fantastic results.

Invictus Sixth Crestwood Campus Students Celebrate Incredible Results!

We are incredibly proud of all of our students who have contributed to the best A level  and BTEC results that the school has achieved in recent years.

Particular congratulations go to Chad Baker who with A*, A, B is going to Birmingham University to study Engineering, William Fletcher, with an A and a double distinction, is going to Swansea University to read History and Megan Davies with A*, A, B, C  who is going to read Psychology at Birmingham University.

92% of our students passed their A levels at grade A* – C

100% of our students passed at both A level and BTEC level 3

Mr Dowd – Head of Invictus Sixth Crestwood Campus


School Minister Recognises Invictus Schools Contribution

On Monday 6th July we had the absolute pleasure of receiving a letter from Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the School System, Barroness Berridge of the Vale of Catmose!

In the letter the Baroness thanked us for our response to the lockdown following the Covid-19 outbreak. Most satisfying is the specific nature of the recognition; in the letter, which can be found on the link at the bottom of the article, Baroness Berridge commends our online learning platform which has seen hundreds of thousands of student attendance in the past 3 months, you can click here to see our celebratory videos and virtual learning statistics. The Baroness also praised the support we gave to our most vulnerable students, to ensure they have the technology required to access our online platform. There is also a mention for our innovative and comprehensive solution to supporting year 6 children with transition to our schools with our virtual tour and inductions.

The reason we have worked tirelessly during this period is because as Invictus Value One states: Every day, in every way, our students come first, but we do welcome recognition, especially from such a key figure in education.

We certainly feel the praise is well deserved for everyone within the Invictus community, our teachers, support staff, parents, carers and of course students. We are all passionate to continue working collaboratively and effectively in the coming months as we hopefully return to a situation a little more familiar!

Letter to Invictus Education Trust 3 July 2020

Invictus Vision, Mission and Values – Our Culture

2020/2021 Head Girl and Boy Announced!

I am delighted to present to you our Head Boy, Head Girl and Deputies for the next academic year. I am extremely proud of the 34 students who have been chosen to be Prefects this year and particularly of those who applied for the most senior positions. The calibre of students, their maturity and confidence have been a pleasure to witness during their interviews. I am sure you will join me in congratulating all of our prefects but in particular Charlie – Head Boy, Maya – Head Girl, Harrison – Deputy Head Boy and Ellie-Mae – Deputy Head Girl. I look forward to having a less socially distanced photo shoot with all Prefects once restrictions have been lifted. Well done everyone!!

Mrs Caroline Sutton


Virtual Sports Day 2020 – How to Enter!

The purpose of this video is to show you how to enter, there are 2 of the events demonstrated, you will need to use the document that is available on the link below to find out the rules for each event!

Click here for event instructions!

Email sevans@crestwood-s.dudley.sch.uk to enter!

The instructional section in the video for www.wetransfer.com is in case your file is too big to send by email, if you can attach your video to an email and send to Mr Evans it is fine to do so.

The deadline for all video clips/entries is FRIDAY 26TH JUNE AT 12PM, emails received after this time will not be included…


Miss Read’s Guide to VE Day!

Hi, Miss Read here. Hope everyone is safe and well.

Throughout history we have had some incredible successes and special events that we still remember, commemorate and celebrate today and one of these important events is happening THIS FRIDAY 8th May – Victory in Europe (VE) Day.

VE Day marked the end of fighting in Europe during the Second World War – which had lasted nearly 6 years. On 7th May 1945, Winston Churchill made an announcement on the radio that Germany had officially surrendered and he announced that as of the next day, the 8th May, this would be a national (bank) holiday in Britain. People held parties, danced and sang in the streets. Huge crowds gathered in London, both on Whitehall to hear Churchill speak and outside Buckingham Palace where King George VI and the Royal Family appeared on the balcony.

Last year I marked the event with a homemade scone, a cream tea, creating bunting and seeing friends. This year is no different! There will still be special events taking place across the weekend when everyone will remember those who lost their lives in the war. I plan on (attempting!!) to make Egg Fricassee. At the minute I struggle to fry an egg! I am also going to create some window displays of poppies and soldiers.

I have put together some information on the history of WW2 and VE Day and also some ideas of what you, your family and people at home can be doing/creating/watching/writing/baking/growing to commemorate this event.



Staff have also shared their ideas of VE Day activities and what they’ll be doing on Friday!

Miss Ellis has been following the official 75th anniversary “what to watch” guide to countdown to the 75th anniversary!


Mrs Cook and Mrs Brooks will be creating some bunting using these templates from the BBC website:


Mrs Sidaway is rolling up her artist sleeves and thinking about songs she can write or perform, potential poems, drawings or other work of art.

Mrs Harper has created a VE Day neckerchief for Paddy and Toby the dogs!

Mrs Bourne and her street will be observing the 2min silence from her driveway with other neighbours in her street on their driveways, and playing the VE Day playlist with a picnic!

Mrs Hughes has researched some popular recipes created from rationed food during the war: Dripping sandwiches, Corned beef hash, liver casserole!!! (yum!).

There are so many things for you to try at home! Why not have a go and send us your creations and ideas?? We would love to create something from them! Staff will also be sharing their finished products.

Enjoy VE Day and take care.


Crestwood School Choir – NHS Tribute

I would like to present to you; the parents, the carers, the guardians, our local and wider community, the front line key workers and most importantly our fantastic NHS, Crestwood School’s Performing Arts Department giving their message of thanks.

Mr Sweeney

Distance Learning Pack -COVID 19

Please click on the link below for your distance learning pack:

Distance Learning Guide – Crestwood

iPad Remote Desktop Instructions (1)

(1) Computer Remote Desktop Instructions

Click here for our COVID 19 Policy

Staff guide to using virtual lessons V1.0


If students are using an iPad to access their Virtual Lessons this must be done via Home Access (Remote Desktop).

If Virtual Lessons are run directly on their iPad via the Safari internet browser App, microphone audio will not be heard (If installed, it has also been discovered that Google Chrome on the iPads does not support the Virtual Lesson website itself and will insist you revert to Safari, which, as this email informs you does not support microphone audio anyway).

Instead, the student will first have to open Home Access, and from within this environment they will be able to hear the Virtual Lesson using Google Chrome.

If you have students in your lessons mentioning no audio and they are using an iPad, please can you check that they are accessing the Virtual Lesson through Home Access?

World Book Day 2020

This year we had the pleasure of hosting Matt Windle, ‘The Poet with Punch’, Birmingham’s current Poet Laureate who was able to come in to work with our year 7 and year 10 students.

By day, Matt works both nationally and internationally in schools, prisons, Pupil Referral Units, care homes, businesses and various other establishments with the intention of inspiring people of all ages through poetry and creative writing.

We were luck enough to have Matt with us on his busiest day of the year WORLD BOOK DAY!

In the morning, Matt presented to all year 7 students and our neighbouring primary school Bromley Hills’ year 5 students. Talking about his love for poetry, and how no matter what your passion in life is, you should pursue it. Our year 10 students worked with Matt for the rest of the day working on upcoming GCSE Poetry Anthology, creating their own pieces inspired by the poem ‘Valentine’ by Carol Ann Duffy.

We also held a number of competitions throughout the day! AIR won the House writing competition, you can see the start of the story here, air won with the most creative end!

Steve, Year 10, won our individual creative writing competition and Isabelle, Year 7 won the fan art competition and Mason, Year 8 won our poetry compeition! All winning house points and stationary packs!

On top of this staff and Year 7 students went above and beyond with their costumes to help us raise the profile of World Book Day, you can see from the images below!

Thanks to everyone that contributed, our job is to ensure the enthusiasm for books remains all year round, make sue you visit Mrs Lopez in The Hub to pick up your next book!

Coronavirus Advice

Please click below for further advice form the Public Health Department regarding the coronavirus:

Click Here

Department for Education – Coronavirus Advice for Parents/Carers

Advice for parents/guardians

You should not be unduly worried about the possibility of your children catching the Coronavirus.

There is no reason why your children should not continue to attend their early years, school or further education setting as normal.

We recognise that some families or children may be planning to travel to China during the forthcoming half term period. If so, please refer to the FCO’s latest travel advice via the link above.

What action you can take

A UK wide campaign has been launched to provide clear advice on how to slow the spread of Coronavirus.

Please help to support the campaign which promotes basic hygiene practices, such as regularly washing hands and always sneezing into a tissue, to stem the spread of viruses.

Latest information and advice can also be found at:

Click Here

Save the Date: Prom 2020

This years Prom will be held at the Village Hotel on Friday 26th June. We have released the date as we are aware students/parents/carers would like to make bookings as early as possible.

There will be a set of criteria that must be met regarding attendance and behaviour, this criteria will be launched with the students in the coming days.

There will also be more detail to follow, the intention of this post is to give everyone notice of the date.

Arrivals at the venue normally happen from 6.45pm onward.

Former Head Boy to Attend Oxford University

We have great news! Former head boy, Jack Parsons, has received a conditional offer to study at Oxford University. Jack will be studying a degree in mechanical engineering at the most prestigious university in the country, ranked No.1 in the world by Times Higher Education.

This is an outrageously incredible achievement by Jack and something that we at Crestwood are extremely proud of. Jack left us in 2018 with a brilliant set of GCSE results, ranking in the top 3 top achievers in his year group.

Jack achieved six Grade 9s and four Grade 8s (Grade 8 is an A Star equivalent and a Grade 9 is only achieved by the top 2% of students in the country!), we were always aware we had a special young man on our hands.

Jack visited Oxford University through Crestwood’s ‘More Able’ program whilst in year 10, and it seems he took a liking to the place! Jack also successfully applied for an Arkwright Engineering Scholarship whilst at Crestwood thanks to his talent and hardwork.

Assistant headteacher and Jack’s former D & T teacher, Mr Smith added: “I am absolutely over the moon that Jack has achieved so much, however, I cannot say that I am surprised. I saw first hand the amount of hours, commitment and dedication Jack put in to all of his studies here at Crestwood. This proves that the right attitude coupled with hard work means that anything is possible. We hope that Jack is catalyst for all of our students to go on to dream big and aim for the best university in the world”

Apply for Invictus Sixth!

The deadline for applications is FRIDAY 20th DECEMBER!

If you are looking for a Post 16 option that offers a track record of excellent results, a wide range of enrichment activities, unique opportunities & elite experiences, unrivaled academic & pastoral guidance, sports academies and the resources of SIX school campuses APPLY NOW.

Literally click on ‘APPLY NOW’ to apply via our online application portal!

For more information on courses and curriculum click here to see our 2020 Prospectus and Course Guide

We Raised £428 for Birmingham Children’s Hospital

During the month of December we have raised a whopping £428 for our charity, one that is very close to our hearts, the Birmingham Children’s Hospital. We would like to thank everyone involved in the fundraising events (Christmas Jumper, Collections, Bake Sales) and of course to those that donated!

Merry Christmas!

Rotary Young Chef 2019-2020 Champion!

Faizan, Isabel and Madison took part in the first heat of Rotary Young Chef 2019-20 at Dormston on Tuesday. 

All three students were awesome, working under strict guidelines to produce a two course meal within 90 minutes. A professional Chef and senior members of The Rotary formed the judging panel who I have to say had a very difficult job because the dishes produced across both KS3 and KS4 were restaurant standard.

It was a very close call between Faizan and Madison according to the panel but Faizan was the one chosen to go forward to the next heat (District Final) to be held in February at Stafford. Then onto Regional Finals culminating in the National Final held in London. 

All three received a certificate and a Nadia Hussain Cookbook.

Well done guys!

Meet Our Art Ambassadors

Congratulations to our new Art Ambassadors!

Our new Art Ambassadors have been selected from year 7,8 and 9, because they demonstrate a passion for Art and Design in and out of lessons; support other students’ learning and have a very good skills base.  Students had to apply for the role and ensure the application criteria was met and signed by the Head of Art and Design before they were selected.

Our Art Ambassadors will support the staff and students within the Art and Design Department in a number of roles, to ensure the importance of the subject is clearly seen and maintained throughout The Crestwood School.

The staff in Art and Design are looking forward to working with these brilliant and enthusiastic students. 

12 Days of Christmas

12 Days of Christmas…

Crestwood School were invited to create 3 pieces of artwork for the windows at Himley Hall,  based on three of the 12 days of Christmas.

Year 9 students Eleanor Parsons, Alicia Wentworth and Year 7 student Matthew Wilkes volunteered to enter their ideas.

The work will be transferred to a window display over the Christmas period, with a private viewing held in early December.

We want to congratulate each student for their contribution and look forward to seeing the final outcome.

Crestwood Art and Design Department

Scuba Diving Sensation

Year 11 prefect and model student Scarlett Morris has been making waves (excuse the pun!) at a local scuba diving club.

Invictus Director of Sport and Scarlett’s PE Teacher, Miss Hatton is keen to recognise Scarlett’s skill and dedication to her passion:

“Scarlett Morris 11AJ is a keen swimmer but also a fantastic scuba diver. I have known Scarlett for many years and she is a lovely student who is always willing to please and go the extra mile!”

“Scarlett trains twice weekly for her sport, with her local club.  She is a great ambassador but also supports her peers and other club members!”

“We at Crestwood are extremely proud of Scarlett keep up the good work!” 

Scarlett also added:

“I first got involved with my diving club when I was looking for a hobby, I loved swimming since I was young and wanted to see what else I could do, I started when I was snorkelling when I was 10 knew straight away that I wanted to learn to dive once I was 12. One of the main reasons I love diving is that I get to experience things that not many people do, I love being able to go on trips and swim inside wrecks of boats and aeroplanes as well as seeing all of the underwater life and being part of my diving club allows me to do this”

“Dudley Dolphin has help me do things that I never thought I could, and being part a community full of interesting and friendly people has allowed me to learn and experience amazing things.”

“Diving is not just hobby to me it is a way of life and I am so happy I was able to discover it with help from everyone in my diving club. As they have all helped to enjoy every aspect of diving and allowing me to build my confidence not only with diving but also everyday life and in school”

If you are interested in diving you can come and have a try dive. Please contact Miss Hatton or Scarlett for more information or visit their website. We have two try dives coming up, if you are interested please see Miss Hatton or your PE teacher. 


Kakatsitsi Visit Crestwood!

On Friday 25 October Crestwood students were treated to performances and tutorials by Kakatsitsi, a group of traditional drummers, dancers and singers from the Ga tribe of Southern Ghana.

During assembly Year 7 students were ‘WOWED’ with several upbeat renditions of traditional rhythms and chants from the group.

During periods 1, 2 and 3 our students got to try the instruments for themselves, receiving an excellent tutorial before playing along with the Kakatsitsi.

Mr Sweeney, Head of Performing Arts, organised the event and would like to thank the members of the group that joined us and the students that were SO enthusiastic and willing to learn!

Another unique opportunity for our students!

Train to Teach with Us!

Are you searching for a route into teaching? Or do you know of someone who is?

Whether it is Primary or Secondary education you are interested in.

Join us at Woodrush Community Hub on Wednesday 6th November at 6:00-7:30pm!

Discover your teaching potential and receive expert advice by attending this event. This open evening covers topics from how to apply to the interview process; advice available on a 1-1 individual basis.

For more information regarding this event, please contact teachingschool@woodrush.org

Click Here to view the flyer for the open evening.

Be Aware That You Must Book To Attend This Event.

We are the CHAMPIONS!!!!

The next stop on the Invictus Games calendar was Crestwood School who hosted ‘Invictus Games VIII’. As is customary the games kicked off with a rousing performance from the Crestwood Performing Arts department.

Mrs Sutton then formally welcomed the guests for the day before inviting Mr Evans, Head of Crestwood PE, to explain to our athletes what was in store!

There is no need for a long explanation, if you have a look at the YouTube clip posted below you will see what our competitors were up against, a series of exercises and activities devised to push our students to their limits. Inspiration for the event was taken from the 70s/80s show ‘Superstars’ (not the rubbish reincarnation from a few years ago!)

We are proud to announce that our students absolutely embraced the challenge and fully justified their teacher’s faith in selecting them for such a grueling test.

Each school sent 2 boys and 2 girls per year group, so being selected was an achievement in itself!

As always, competition was fierce but fair with the Invictus Values embodied throughout the day. Our values are firmly at the heart of everything we do. Today all students truly championed value 2 and value 4, ‘Anything Is Possible’ & ‘Seek and Seize Opportunities’. It is worth adding that the events were extremely physically challenging and there were so many occasions where it would have been easy for our students to quit, instead they gritted their teeth and worked even harder! A proud day for everyone connected to Invictus schools.

Our staff, particularly the Crestwood PE Team, who organised the day to perfection, and the PE teams from around the Trust who have spent weeks preparing their athletes and supporting on the day have also demonstrated that ‘Everyday, in Every way our Students Come First’ & that we always ‘Think Collaboratively’ our first and last values.

As always there must be a winner (other than sport, which is always the winner!), the nature of the event meant it was an incredibly tough task to even collate the scores. Each event saw an individual award for 1st, 2nd and 3rd, an elite performance award for the boy and girl with the most points across the day, an endeavor award for commitment and dedication across the events and of course the big prize, overall school winner!

A very close event (they always are!) saw Leasowes finish in 3rd place, Wombourne High picked up the silver medals in 2nd place…..and the winner of the first Invictus Games of the year……. Crestwood!

A full gallery of the day is available on the Invictus Sport Facebook Page

Crestwood’s Star Golfer’s Winning Streak!

Year 8 student Ben Bolton this week discovered he will be representing Great Britain at the junior world championships in Jakarta again – following his 3rd place finish at last years event. Today we are revelling at Ben’s INCREDIBLE achievements as he kindles a promising and celebrated career as a junior golfer.

Beginning his golfing tuition at aged 4; Ben very quickly expressed a talent for the game, so much so that at aged 6 he became the youngest ever member to join Enville Golf Club due to his ability and good attitude. Within the year Mr. Bolton began to play competitively, winning his first tournament at the age of 8 to qualify for Wee Wonders Tournament at St. Andrews which he went on to place 1st.

Still aged 8, Ben played in the European Championships held at Longniddry, Scotland, being placed 35th out 40 which remains an amazing achievement for a golfer his age. Ben soon began to bring in the wins for his club as he began representing the Junior Team at Enville, winning by 45pts at the Captains Day event at Enville in 2016. The European Championships were again graced by Ben’s talents when he placed 22nd out of 50 worldwide competitors, his wonderful mindset and strong abilities propelling his acclaim through the junior golfing circuit.

Finishing 7th in the British Junior Championship in 2017 and 2018 at Celtic Manor, Wales again shows the improvement and growth that Ben has been through as a young sportsman where he boasted a single figure handicap at the age of 10! Our student now has the British Junior Golf Tour Summer Cup, Woodhall Spa Junior Open and Jakarta World Champion Qualifier wins under his belt. At aged 11, Ben has played against Under-16, 18 and 21 teams (Ben being the youngest on the field!) and finished 18th, 35th and 57th respectively out of 100 players.

Ben honestly is an amazing and promising student in his academics and his golfing, we are proud of his achievements, an impressive young man whom we are confident will continue to dazzle the golfing world in the future. Having starting the year with a handicap of 8.9 he has reduced it down to 3.9, which to those who aren’t fluent with golfing terminology, is an ABSOLUTELY REMARKABLE achievement for any golfer regardless of age.

Well done Ben! Good luck at the IMG World Championship Qualifiers and the Spain Qualifier later this month. We are delighted to have you as a student and eager to see where your exceptional talents and game-winning attitude will take you.

Check below for an exhaustive list of Ben’s golfing achievements:


  • 1st place in his first junior competition at Enville as youngest on the field.  
  • 1st place at Enville’s Captains Day, being the junior winner by 45pts.
  • 18th in his first Enville major competition playing against 73 adults
  • 1st in the Wee Wonders Qualifiers.
  • 1st in the Wee Wonders British Tournament.
  • 35th in the Uskids European Championship out of 50 worldwide competitors.
  • 3rd at the 3 Hammers Par 3 Championships.

Started the year with a handicap of 46, reduced to 27


  • Began to play from the white tees for the first time (the starting position of professional adult golfers).
  • 22nd in the Uskids European Championship out of 71 worldwide competitors.
  • 7th in the Uskids British Championship out of 30 worldwide competitors.
  • 4th in Stourbridge Junior Open.
  • 3rd in 3 Hammers par 3 Championship.

Started the year with a handicap of 27, reduced to 14.4


  • 2nd at the Robert Rock Junior Golf Tour in Sutton Coldfield, with a gross score of 76.
  • 13th at the Uskids European Championship out of 71 worldwide competitors.
  • 1st at the British Junior Golf Tour in Nailcote; a Par 3 qualifier shooting a superb 60, 11 shots clear of 2nd place.
  • 7th Uskids British Championship out of 30 competitors worldwide.
  • 4th Stourbridge Junior Open.
  • 1st at the Neil Elwell charity game for Fight Leukaemia at Chesterton Valley against 60 competitors.
  • 1st at the British Junior Golf Tour Woodhall Spa.
  • 1st at the 2 Day Season Final Junior Open.
  • 1st at the Jakarta World Junior Championship Qualifier.
  • Ben has been told he is now qualified to represent his age category on the British team in Jakarta next June!


  • 2nd at the British Junior Golf Tour Edgbaston.
  • 7th at the IMG World Qualifier at Maylands.
  • 3rd Jakarta World Junior Championship in Indonesia.
  • 18th out of 35 Nick Faldo Junior Golf Tournament in the U16 group being the youngest on the field.
  • 2nd at the British Junior Golf Tour in Nailcote.
  • 1st at the British Junior Golf Tour Summer Camp Tournament finishing 10 shots ahead of field at -5 and a total of 17 birdies over a 3-round tournament.
  • 1st at the Enville Golf Club Junior Open, best gross score.
  • 1st at the Enville Golf Club Major Guard Trophy with 42pts.
  • 1st at the Enville Golf Club Major Highgate Cup Trophy with a gross score of 72, first level par off the white tees.
  • 5th in the European Junior Golf Tour at Telford Golf Club.
  • 4th British Junior Golf Tour at Foxhills in Surrey.

Looking forward to play in the IMG World Qualifier at South Herts Golf Club and the EJGT Spain Qualifier Ingestre Park.

Started the year with a handicap of 8.9, reducing to 3.9

[Updated] Crest Central Menu!

Find attached the new and improved lunch-time menu and price list for our very own Crest Central! This updated menu will provide students with healthy, well-balanced meals to fuel them through their day; offering lots of variety in doing so.

Click Here to view our updated menu and meal schedule.

Click Here for our updated food and drink price list.

Click Here and learn about our forthcoming Crest Central promotions.

Click Here and prepare for our brilliant seasonal specials.

and finally,

Click Here to view our weekly kitchen specials.

We do hope that you’re as excited about this kitchen update as we are! For meals as delicious as they are nutritious, find us at Crest Central at lunch and break times.

‘Switch Up’ The Education on Knife Crime

At the Crestwood School we take our commitment to the Invictus Education Trust values to heart. Today, we have truly embodied Value Four- To Seek and Seize Opportunities by resourcefully booking a topical and inspiring show for our Year 8 students. The thought-provoking Switch Up tackles the current and complex issues behind knife crime, gang violence and self-identity.

The Saltmine Theatre Company has brilliantly provided our students with a relatable performance followed by a down-to-earth and open, interactive workshop to tackle the emergent issues presented. As a school, we believe that it is our responsibility to provide our pupils with effective education surrounding all aspects of their lives. We understand that knife crime and gang violence are growing concerns in the UK, though we are certain none of our students are involved, we believe that this is an important area to be educated.

Our Year 8 students will have certainly taken a lot from the performance alone and furthered their understanding and comprehension of these current social issues during the workshop segment. Here are some quotes from some of our students:

“The knife crime performance was good because it spreads awareness and made me realise how important it is.”

“I liked the performance about knife crime because I didn’t think much of it at first but now I’m more aware.”

“The performance was very good and the acting was amazing. The interactive presentation was very interesting because I learnt a lot and they got us involved.”

“It taught us that carrying a knife is not cool”

“They taught us that knives won’t keep us safe and you shouldn’t carry knives.”

We sincerely hope that none of our students get involved with the issues discussed today. We are certain that our students now understand the societal pressures and serious consequences of gang culture and knife crime and the importance of a strong self-identity.

On behalf of the Crestwood School and the Invictus Education Trust, we extend our greatest gratitude and appreciation to the Saltmine Theatre Company for their amazing session this morning! The cast members were engaging and the performance moving, we are thankful to have hosted the session and delighted by its positive impact.

Please take the time to view our Facebook page where we have uploaded photos from today’s session!

Also, take a look at the Saltmine Theatre Company social media to understand their mission and witness their talent!

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Click Here to view the trailer for Switch Up.

Alumni Coffee Morning a Huge Success

Our inaugural ‘Alumni Coffee Morning’ took place on Wednesday 25 September; it was a huge success and an incredible experience for all involved.

Over 20 former students that attended the school in the 1960’s and 1970’s (then Brierley Hill Grammar School) came to visit us for the morning, to share their experiences from their school days with us, and see for themselves how the school has changed over the past 30, 40 in some cases almost 50 years!

The feedback from our alumni was overwhelming and we have shared some of the wonderful comments below. From our perspective it was so interesting to listen to the amazing careers our former students have forged, we have spoken with teachers, opera singers, international sports coaches, actors, business owners, chartered accountants, dentists plus many more diverse professionals. Two of our former students travelled from Buckinghamshire just to visit us today, we are so proud and privileged.

There is a small gallery from the morning available on our Facebook Page and below you can read some of the feedback left by our visitors:

‘Great to see the school doing so well, a very informative tour by the students’ (M Cox 1964-1971)

‘Excellent experience to see the incredible changes that have occurred over the years!’ (A Graham)

‘Thank you for the wonderful trip down memory lane. Many changes, but still the same core values. I am proud to be an ‘old’ student and wish the school all the best for the future’ (S Wood 1967-1974)

‘The atmosphere seems much more relaxed than in our day! Thanks to Jake and Lucianne for our tour!’ (S Gardner 1967-1973)

‘Overall impression is that the students have many more opportunities today. Amazing facilities here. Thanks to Jake & Lucianne!’ (J Udall 167-1974)

‘Excellent teacher/pupil participation! Blessing & Savannah were a delight, great to see how the school has progressed for all positive reasons, thank you!’ (C Shakespeare)

‘This has been an amazing experience – worth the drive up!’ (from Buckinghamshire!!!) (J Shaw 1962-1967)

‘Very impressed with the young ladies that showed us around. Only science & PE recognisable from my day. Facilities are great and investment has been made in the right areas’ (R Knowles 1974-1980)

‘Many thanks for the chance to revisit our old school! It brings back so many happy memories. Many aspects of the building are still the same but can obviously see the improvements.I am really impressed with all the changes & students and pupils were so welcoming. I am glad to see the uniform is still the same – long may it reign!!’ (A Packwood 1967-1971)

‘So glad I came. What a wonderful ethos throughout the school. It was lovely to meet the pupils – their pride is in great evidence as is the staff’s pride in them. Many thanks!’ (H Rea)

We have collected lots of ‘Bromlians’, the old school magazine, and we will be taking photographs of the stories and pictures to share in the near future along with other amazing paraphernalia our guests brought in for us to see!

We may even be tempted to relaunch the Bromlian for our students!

Record Attendance at Crestwood Open Evening

Wednesday 18th September saw Crestwood School host Open Evening 2019. This years event saw a record attendance with hundreds upon hundreds of prospective students visiting the school with their families.

All attendees were wowed by a number of performances from our students and various exhibitions and demonstrations around the school.

Headteacher, Mrs Sutton, and her team would like to thank all of those that attended, our amazing students that were the perfect hosts and tour guides and of course the superb staff who go above and beyond to create such a wonderful event.

A gallery of the evening is available on our school Facebook Page.


Early Finish Wednesday 18th September

Dear parents/carers, we will be finishing at 2.35pm on Wednesday 18th September due to Open Evening. If you need your child to remain in school until 3.30pm then they are to go to the hall after registration where they will be supervised until the end of the normal school day.

Thank you for your continued support.

Crestwood Students Receive 2019 GCSE Results!

Crestwood School GCSE Results 2019

Crestwood School would like to congratulate all students on an excellent set of results. There are many incredible individual performances.

In terms of attainment there were outstandingperformances from:

Helen Zheng eight top grades (seven or higher!) including two grade 9s! Our Head Girl Hannah Moore also received eight top grades, Cole Roberts and Nyah Mallen with seven top grades each and Daniel Moriarty with six top grades which included three 9s!

At Crestwood we place a huge emphasis on progress, which is the measure of what a student was expected to achieve when they joined us in Year 7 vs what they achieved in Year 11.

Again, we have so many positive performances in terms of progress:

Daniel Moriarty tops our progress chart scoring 2.93, meaning Dan scored almost 3 grades higher across ALL his subjects! Elif Elma and Simrah Basharat achieved progress scores of 2.22 and 1.86 respectively. Molly Mai Summers (1.71) and Harry Barnes (1.66) complete the top 5 students making the most progress at Crestwood.

Across the board our students received 76 top grades (7 or higher) a stunning figure amongst a relatively small cohort. Over two thirds of our students received a pass or better in English.

Mr Tony Bowles, Invictus Education Trust CEO, added: ‘Another fantastic set of results across the Trust which further confirms our collaborative approach is providing excellent outcomes for the most important people, our students!

Congratulations to each and every one of our students receiving their GCSE results today. There are some incredible performances across our Trust, in terms of both attainment and progress. An area of our results that would like to bring to your attention is the amount of grade 9’s our students have achieved. It is easy to see a grade 9 as an A* equivalent, but it is more than that. Students receiving a grade 9 in any given subject can classify themselves as ‘in the top 2% in the country’! This is a truly remarkable achievement and one of many areas of our results I take great pride in.

Our students always have and always will come first, but I would like to personally thank the staff across our Trust, who go above and beyond on a daily, sometimes hourly, basis to provide outstanding environments for our students to excel in.

I look forward to welcoming many of our students back in September as part of the Invictus Sixth Form’

For anyone that would like to learn more about our Trust please come to visit us at one or more of our open evenings. All details are available on our website www.invictus.education or call to arrange a visit on 01384 686586

Please visit the Invictus Facebook page for a full gallery of the day!

New School Day

Please click for the breakdown of the new school day, starting from September 2019. These changes have been confirmed by our governing body.


Incredible A Level Results at Invictus 6th Crestwood Campus

Invictus 6th Crestwood Campus

Crestwood is delighted with our A level and AS success this year!

23% of students attained an A/ A* equivalent

75% of students attained an A* – C or equivalent

Our BTEC pass rate was 100%

Our top performing students were Sarah Caswell and  Chloe Downing who have  both been accepted to do a BSc in Psychology at Birmingham City University.

All students who were offered a university place have either accepted or deferred them to Sept 2020. Several students have been accepted onto higher level apprenticeships in accountancy, ICT and science. Well done Year 13 ! We are really proud of you! Good luck for the future!

Director of Invictus 6th, Jane Kendrick added: ‘I am incredibly proud of the tremendous achievements of Invictus Sixth Form students this summer. Building on huge success from last year, 27% of all results achieved in 2019 are at A* or A grade with more than 70% of results at grade C or above.

The hard work and dedication of our wonderful students and committed teachers has resulted in our students gaining places on highly competitive courses at some of the most prestigious universities in the country such as Oxford, Birmingham and Warwick. As they embark on the next chapter of their education, we wish them well and look forward to hearing about their future successes and career plans.

For Year 11 students about to start their final year of GCSEs and who wish to join our success, please call 01384 686558 or email jkendrick@invictus.education for more information. Our Sixth Form open evening will be held at the Copthorne Hotel, Waterfront, Dudley on Wednesday 13th November between 6.00 to 9.00pm. All students and parents/carers are welcome to attend.

Expansion Plans: APPROVED!

We are proud to announce that planning permission has been granted for our extension work! We have been selected for investment from our local authority thanks to our GOOD OFSTED grading AND our popularity with our parents and community! Thank you parents for being so nice to us!!!!

The construction of our new block will begin in September, we will keep you up to date every step of the way!

Click here for the official decision sheet

Year 8 Presentation Morning

On Thursday 11th July Deputy Headteacher, Mr Boerm, hosted our Year 8 presentation morning.

Awards are given for excellent performance across all subjects, for students with 100% attendance , Form Tutor Awards for those who have represented their forms with distinction, a Head of Year Award nominated by Head of Year 8, Mr Chatterley and a Student of the Year Award selected by our Headteacher, Mrs Sutton.

Students with milestone House Points are also recognised along with other outstanding achievement awards.

The presentation morning had a celebratory feel. Parents and carers were invited into to school to share the special moment with their children. Each and everyone of our students, parents and community should be extremely proud of what has been a fantastic year!

A full list of students and awards are shown below, and a gallery from the event can be found on our Facebook Page

Subject Progress & Achievement Awards

  Boys Achievement Girls Achievement Boys Progress Girls Progress
English Bilal Tahir Isabelle Barrington Earp Ashley Oliver Jashante Hutchinson
Maths Bilal Tahir Eleanor Parsons Ben Nee Madison Laurent
Science  Bilal Tahir Ella-Louise Rathbone Callum Deakin Katie Rollason 
RE Faizan Yasin Maddison Perry Shabaz Hussain Armania Davies
Geography Aysar Karim Isabl Barrington Earp Blake Hadley Jade Powers
History Liam Martin Olivia Brain Tom Boyle Lily Icke
Art Bilal Tahir Madison Perry Liam Hickey Faye Burroughs
Drama Oliver Smith Ella-Louise Rathbone Corey Bayes-Hancox Faye Burroughs
Music Thomas Boyle Charlotte Mcaviney Thomas Sheriff Ella Louise Rathbone
PE Regan Toy Madison Mason Ben Nee Katie Rollason
French Reece Washington Nicola Melnika  George Taylor Olivia Felton 
German Bilal Tahir Madison Perry Oliver Smith Katie Lee
Dance Freddie Fletcher Tayah  Morgan Brown George Taylor Faye Burroughs
D and T Corey Bayes-Hancox Isabel Barrington Earp Jak Smith Eleanor Parsons
Computing Reece Washington Armarnia Davies Liam Martin Jade Powers

Outstanding Sporting Achievement

Jersey Lopez

Attendance Awards

Bako, Michaiah8AW
Barrington-Earp, Isabel8LD
Lopez, Jersey8EM
Bennett, Owen8EM
Bishop, Sarah8LD
Brain, Olivia8EM
Coomby, Ashanti8HM
Davies, Brodie8JK
Davies, Millie8HF
Felton, Olivia8EM
Fletcher, Freddie8DH
Geddes, Grace8AW
Gregg, Finley8EM
Hadley, Blake8HM
Hill, Joel8DH
Jenkinson, Ellie8EM
Ledbrook, Ava8JK
Lees, Corey8AW
Manzoor, Iqra8DH
Parsons, Eleanor8HF
Perry, Madison8HF
Peverell, Daniel8AW
Ralph, Evie-Lea8DH
Stock, Isabelle8JK
Toy, Regan8LD
Turner, Charlie-Ann8EM
Wallace, Joseph8HM
Westwood, Evie8LD
Yates, Lauren8LD

Form Tutor Awards

8HM – Blake Hadley
8DH – George Harris
8EM – Charlie-Ann Turner
8LD – Regan Toy
8HF – Abigail Robins
8JK – Maddison Taylor-Clark
8AW – Shaynie-Leigh Fairley

Head of Year Award

Isabel Barrington Earp
Bilal Tahir

Student of the Year Award

Eleanor Parsons

House Point Award

Isabel Barrington Earp
Freddie Fletcher

Year 9 Presentation Morning

On Friday 12th July our Deputy Headteacher, Mr Boerm, hosted our Year 9 presentation morning.

Awards are given for excellent performance across all subjects, for students with 100% attendance , Form Tutor Awards for those who have represented their forms with distinction, a Head of Year Award nominated by Head of Year 9, Mr Fisher and a Student of the Year Award selected by our Headteacher, Mrs Sutton.

Students with milestone House Points are also recognised along with other outstanding achievement awards.

The presentation morning had a celebratory feel. Parents and carers were invited into to school to share the special moment with their children. Each and everyone of our students, parents and community should be extremely proud of what has been a fantastic year!

A full list of students and awards are shown below, and a gallery from the event can be found on our Facebook Page

Subject Progress & Achievement Awards

  Boys Achievement Girls Achievement Boys Progress Girls Progress
English Jamarley Kerby Katie Palmer Charlie Rankovich Sophia Pritchard
Maths Faizaan Rehman Iram Ali Oliver Tonks Maya Bowles
Science Joshua Allen Ella Southall Rasdeep Singh Eva Morris
RE Rasdeep Singh Sophia Pritchard Harrison Toy Kiera Skelding
Geography Joshua Allen Hannah Morris Lewis Hickey Ashley Perks
History Rasdeep Singh Ashley Perks Jake Burden Emily  Lismore
Art Charlie Brookes Chloe Guy Buckland Beresford Sidra Laiba
Drama Daniel Boyce Laura Southall Lewis Hickey Kirsty Bradley-Hughes
Music Daniel Boyce Tean Lloyd Archie Shakespeare Alyssa Glaze
PE Lewis Hickey Maya Bowles Harrison Toy Abbie Grainger
French Steve Zheng Abbey Grainger Jake Burden Sophie Bagley
German James Groucutt Sadie Pickett Charlie Brookes Esme Ledbrook
Dance Steve Zheng Paige Turley Javian Holder Megan Jones
D and T Steve Zheng Faith Dimmock Kevin Hassani Lily Simms
Computing Steve Zheng Hannah Morris Oliver Tonks Megan Doleman

Attendance Awards

Brookes, Charlie
Burden, Jake
Chiradza, Blessing
Groucutt, James
Hassani, Kevin
Hickey, Lewis
Hodson, Holly
Holder, Javian
James, Harvey
Jones, Megan
Lawrence, Bradley
Nicholls, Ellisha
Overton, Wesley
Perks, Ashley
Price, Natasha
Pritchard, Sophia
Rankovic, Charles
Rehman, Mohammed
Southall, Laura
Toy, Harrison
Withers., Katie

Head of Year Award

Maya Bowles
Lewis Hickey

Student of the Year Award

Ashley Perks

House Point Award

Callum Nock
Salya Mahmood

Sports Ties

Harvey James
Lewis Hickey
Charles Rankovic
Harrison Toy
Keelan Rae
Maya Bowles
Libby Ann Davis
Emarny Choudrey
Molly James
Maddie Bradley
Ashley Perks
Ellie Mae Cox
Abbie Grainger
Megan Doleman
Lily Sims
Emily Lismore
Katie Withers

Key Stage Three Sportsman Award

Harrison Toy

Year 7 Presentation Morning

On Tuesday 9th July we hosted our first presentation morning of the year. Tuesday was the turn of the Year 7s, who have started their career at Crestwood amazingly well.

Awards are given for excellent performance across all subjects, for students with 100% attendance , Form Tutor Awards for those who have represented their forms with distinction, a Head of Year Award nominated by Head of Year 7, Mrs Bourne and a Student of the Year Award selected by our Headteacher, Mrs Sutton.

Students with milestone House Points are also recognised along with other outstanding achievement awards.

The presentation morning had a celebratory feel. Parents and carers were invited into to school to share the special moment with their children. Each and everyone of our students, parents and community should be extremely proud of what has been a fantastic year!

A full list of students and awards are shown below, and a gallery from the event can be found on our Facebook Page

Subject Progress & Achievement Awards

Attendance Awards

Form Tutor Awards

Head of Year Award

Leah Lawley
Jaxon Yates

Student of the Year Award

Laiba Batool

House Point Award

Rhys Lees (388)
Milli Shepherd (375)

Key Stage Three Sportswoman Award

Milli Shepherd

Year 8 Student Succeeds in Portugal

Last week we reported that Year 8 Crestwood Student, Jersey Lopez, had earned a spot on Birmingham City FC’s trip to Northern Portugal to compete in the Esposende Cup, an academy tournament that attracts teams from around the globe.

There were 32 teams in Birmingham’s age group meaning a route to the final would consist of 3 group games, a round of 16 game followed by quarter final, semi final and a final, all played over the course of 4 days.

We are excited to report that Jersey and his team mates made it all the way to the Final, eventually winning on penalties after a 1-1 draw which, included an equaliser for Birmingham in the last few seconds of the game.

The final was streamed live on the Esposende Cup Facebook Page and the game is now available to watch on playback.

Jersey flies back to the UK on Monday 8th July and will be back in school the following day sharing his incredible experience with his friends and teachers, before joining the Year 8 boys football team for training on Wednesday!

Year 10 Presentation Morning

On Wednesday 10th July we hosted our Year 10 presentation morning.

Awards are given for excellent performance across all subjects, for students with 100% attendance , Form Tutor Awards for those who have represented their forms with distinction, a Head of Year Award nominated by Head of Year 10, Mr Naujeer and a Student of the Year Award selected by our Headteacher, Mrs Sutton.

Students with milestone House Points are also recognised along with other outstanding achievement awards.

The presentation morning had a celebratory feel. Parents and carers were invited into to school to share the special moment with their children. Each and everyone of our students, parents and community should be extremely proud of what has been a fantastic year!

A full list of students and awards are shown below, and a gallery from the event can be found on our Facebook Page

Subject Progress & Achievement Awards

Attendance Awards

Banbery, Alyce
Charles, Bradley
Devey, Gracie
Grainger, Eva
Holder, Darius
Jones, Christopher
Jones, Ellie
Massey, Taylor
Millward, Abbie
Morris, Scarlett
Mullings, Ellie
Murray, Nicholas
Muzuwa, Milcah
Nixon, Dillon
Pearson, Nathan
Skidmore, Lauren
Taylor, Emma
Turton, Sam
White, Aaryanna
Whitehouse, Tom

Form Tutor Awards

10NH Charlie Hampson
10LA Kye Rock Vaz
10KE Ellie Priest
10NB Lauren Davies
10EL  Abigail Cassel
10KU Jasmine Faulkner-Harper
10KR Brooklyn Smith
10AJ Scarlett Morris

Head of Year Award

Ali Riaz
Saad Adeel

Student of the Year Award

Katie Allen

House Point Award

Alex Grazier
Ellie Jones

Key Stage Four Sportsman Award

Riley Barrett

Key Stage Four Sportswoman Award

Jasmine Faulkner-Harper


Sports Day 2019 Back to EARTH!

We have our champions. Earth are this years winners in an incredibly comptetive day of sport. An brilliant day at sun baked Crestwood began with morning team sports before heading to the sports field in the afternoon for the track and field events.

Stand out performances from our year 7’s were Milli Shepherd & Luke Bailey who took home the individual ‘Outstanding Performance Shield’. Libby Ann Davies and Harvey James won the same award for the upper school!

Head to our Facebook page for a full gallery from a glorious and successful day!

For a full breakdown of the scores see the table below!

Sports Day 2019: Results
Athletics Year 7 Girls1020155
Athletics Year 7 Boys1551020
Athletics Year 8 Girls1020155
Athletics Year 8 Boys1020205
Athletics Year 9 Girls1520105
Athletics Year 9 Boys2010515
Athletics Year 10 Girls1520510
Athletics Year 10 Boys5151520
Total Athletics 1001309585
Football 2015510
Table Tennis1552010
Footy Golf1551020
TOTAL 165205170180

University of Birmingham Visit

University of Birmingham Visit 

Mr Knowles, Miss Read and Mrs Sibley had the pleasure of taking 48 Year 10s to the University of Birmingham as part of Crestwood’s more able programme. Pupils started off the day by taking part in a last man standing game where pupils were quizzed on their knowledge of university, followed by a talk on the importance of GCSEs.  

Next up was a tour of the University grounds by current undergraduate students who were able to give an insight in to university life at Birmingham. After a quick lunch, a game of course Pictionary opened the eyes of all pupils to the wide variety of traditional and niche course on offer at Birmingham. Finally, pupils were able to ask all the important questions regarding student finance, settling in to university, accommodation and courses to a group of current student.   

The visit gave pupils a fantastic experience to see a local Russell Group university, promoted the importance of GCSEs and encouraged pupils to think and discuss their future plans. It was amazing to see so many pupils talking about their future career plans and their determination to do well at school.  

Cambridge University Visit

Cambridge University Visit

A group of 15 high flying Year 10 pupils were part of the Invictus educational visit to Cambridge University. The visit started off with a talk on the wide variety of courses on offer at Cambridge, before moving on the importance of GCSEs and A-Levels. Pupils were then treated to a guided tour of Girton College by current university students and were able to ask questions about day to day student life. After a short lunch, pupils entered Cambridge to be given a tour of the other colleges in Cambridge, including a chance to see the famous Mathematical Bridge.  The visit was extremely beneficial to all pupils, giving them an insight in to what options they can choose in the future. 

Head Girl & Head Boy Announced

We are pleased, proud and excited to announce that our Head Girl and Head Boy for 2019/2020 academic year are Saman Batool and Darius Holder!

The toughest choice in recent years given the amount of talented leaders we have in our current Year 10.

A list of prefects and senior prefects will follow shortly.

Crestwood Visit the Black Country Living Museum

A group of year 8, students have been reading the book:

Martha’s Story – The girl who broke her chains”

The book is based on real events that took place in the Midlands just over a century ago; it uses the diary of an 11-year-old girl to bring to life the experiences of working class children of that time.

Year 8 students had an opportunity to visit the Black Country Living Museum to see how life was back in Martha’s time. Students could see chain making in action (which Martha was learning at the age of 11). Students really got a feel for the book and wanted to know more about how Martha would have lived almost a century ago. Year 8 visited the school of Martha’s time and they were shocked at how they were taught all those years ago, nothing like school today!

Visiting the buildings around Martha’s time and learning that they had no electricity, computers or TV   was shocking for some of our students. They came away experiencing how Martha lived, shopped and worked which all added to a wonderful experience, of reading this book.  

Well done to those students they were a credit to Crestwood.

Miss Barnbrook

Crestwood Staff Raise Money for Cancer Research


Four members of staff at Crestwood School have bravely signed up for Cancer Research UK’s ‘Great Golf Challenge’

The 4 staff members in question already have their work cut out convincing everyone that this actually is a challenge and that it is not ‘any excuse to play golf!’

On the 15th June 2019 Mr Boerm, Mr Chatterley, Mr Dowd and Mr Lopez will attempt to play 4 games of golf in one day. The stats of the challenge are that they will cover over 20 miles and hit the ball between 300 (Mr Chatterley) & 400 (Mr Dowd) times, hopefully(!?), taking around 16 hours to complete the challenge.

Rules state that buggies are not to be used, golf trolleys are frowned upon, (Mr Dowd/Mr Chatterley) and each of the 72 holes must be completed by all 4 players. The Crestwood team will tee off at 530am and hope to complete the challenge before they run out of daylight just before 10pm.

The challenge will be attempted at Perton Golf Club who have shown fantastic support by donating the tee times to our cause, over £320 worth of golf! We are very much appreciative of the support shown by Jeremy and the team and want to ensure we justify their support by raising heaps of money for a fantastic cause!

You can sponsor Team Crestwood at the following link:


Year 11 May Half Term Revision

Half Term Revision

Tuesday 28th      History – KRE  10.00 – 16.00

Thursday 30th    English Set 3 – CDU 10.00 – 12.30

English – SNA 10.00 – 12.00

Friday 31st           Psychology – LDR 10.00 -14.00

                                Science – MWI 10.00 – 12.00

Mr Rollason Goes Plastic Free!

Globally we have an issue with waste plastic, polluting land and oceans all over the world, the impact on environment and food chains is becoming more and more obvious in our everyday lives. Recent studies found plastic debris inside 150 Europeans, which was every one that was tested!

In order to promote and support the reduction in plastic use and educate students, staff and parents on our over reliance on plastics Mr Rollason, our Head of Year 11, is going PLASTIC FREE for the entire month of May!

Mr Rollason will be posting regular updates throughout his plastic free journey. The month will be launched during his assemblies this week with all year groups, a follow up assembly will follow at the end of the month.

Mr Rollason hopes to influence his colleagues, our students and parents to reduce plastic use, regular updates and best plastic practice will be provided on our social media platforms throughout the month!

Free Breakfast for Crestwood Students

We are excited to announce that from Tuesday 7th May Crestwood students will have access to a FREE breakfast in school!

We are able to offer this thanks to our application to become part of the National School Breakfast Programme.

Our successful application means that breakfast bagels will be available in Crest Central every morning from Monday to Friday.

Message from Mrs Sutton

End of Term

Thursday 11th April – School finishes at 12:25

Friday 12th April – INSET day ( no students in school)

Students return to school 

Monday 29th April – usual time

Crestwood Production of Footloose Officially SOLD OUT


All tickets have now been sold, days in advance of the opening night, a record 4 nights, over 800 tickets sold. Those lucky enough to have tickets are in for a treat!

Former Crestwood Student Opens Salon

Former Crestwood student, Katie Gorst, came back to visit earlier this month to share her wonderful experiences with her former teachers.

Katie is now a fully qualified, Beauty Therapist, and is about to open her first Beauty Salon…at the age of 19!

Katie left Crestwood in July 2015 school, with excellent GCSE results, to start her training in Beauty Therapy, Katie studied for 3 years before becoming level 3 qualified in 2018. Whilst studying Katie gained as much experience as possible in her chosen field, in 2017 she was employed by a local salon where she honed her skills in a live environment.

Katie’s college were so impressed with her progress they entered her into a competition. Incredibly Katie performed exceptionally, finishing runner up in a talented field from 27 colleges across the UK and earning a job at a top Leicestershire spa, Ragdale Hall!

This meant at the age of 18 Katie moved from her family home to live and work by herself in Leicester, a very mature decision that enabled her to further her skill base and gain invaluable experience.

Katie launched her own business in 2017, working from home or at clients houses, her first and most loyal customers, being her Mum and sister, Katie now serves over 100 people in the local community.

The success of Katie’s Beauty Bar has encouraged Katie to lease her first business property and launch her very own salon.

Katie initially contacted the school with an offer to sponsor this years Prom Queen Award at the school Prom in June. Headteacher, Mrs Sutton, invited Katie in for a coffee and a catch up.

Mrs Sutton said “I was so pleased to hear how well Katie was doing and intrigued to hear about her experiences in the last few years. Katie was a fantastic Crestwood student and I have no doubt she will be successful with her new venture. It is great to know that a former student of ours is becoming a business owner and will be contributing in many ways to the local community”

Katie’s Beauty Bar salon opens on Saturday 30th March and is located in Salon 18, 18 Lawnswood Road, Wordsley. If you would like more information head over to Katie’s Beauty Bar Facebook Page

Good luck for your launch Katie, look forward to seeing you again soon!

Netballers Win Again!

A 10-0 against a very good and competitive Kingswinford School Netball Team.
We had to work hard for the win but in the end out skill and intensity saw us romp to victory!

Well Done to all that played! 

Player Player:Lauren Yates 
Teachers Player: Molly James
Coaches Player: Libby Davies


Since beginning another year of girl’s football here at Crestwood, the number of girls taking part within extra-curricular football has grown immensely. The girls have the opportunity to train every Tuesday and Thursday after school in order to improve their knowledge and skills.

Over the last few months our year 7 girl’s football team have taken the local area by storm with their talent. On the 12th of December we travelled to The Dormston School to compete in the first round of the ESFA 5 a side tournament. The girls slotted home 14 goals and conceded 0. On the 19th of December we travelled to The Dormston School to compete in the second round of the ESFA 5 a side tournament and the girls scored a further 14 goals and conceded 0, securing our first place position. Pretty impressive if I say so myself!

Not only did the girls dominate the tournament they secured a place at The West Midland English Schools Football Association indoor finals!! The competition was held at the Play Football Centre in Birmingham on Monday 4th February 2019. The team faced a number of schools across the region with some incredible talent on display. The girls battled through to the semi final and finished 3rd overall which is an incredible achievement.

Well done to Miss Ellis and the girls!

Birmingham Children’s Hospital

We love supporting great foundations here at Crestwood, and one of those foundations is the amazing Birmingham Children’s Hospital! During 2018, Crestwood raised a staggering £1,962.10 for the hospital! We would like to say a huge thank you and well done to all staff, students, parents and members of the community for helping us support such an inspirational foundation!


Along with the other schools within Invictus Education Trust, Crestwood students will be taking part in a clay pigeon shooting taster session this February! This opportunity is open to year 9 and 10 so if you are interested, please see Miss Hatton!


Considering a career in the Hair and Beauty industry? This Friday we have a fantastic opportunity for our students to gain valuable advice on how to join the industry as we have one of the largest, awarding winning hairdressing companies in the UK, Francesco Group, coming to Crestwood to speak to our year 9 – 11 at our Careers Breakfast!

Friday 25th January.

8.30 – 9.00. Room – A3. Year 9 – 11.



Crestwood has done it again! Our BOCCIA team smashed it in the district championships and earnt themselves silver medals! As a result they are through to the regional championships in March! A HUGE well done to the students and staff involved!


Invictus are looking to establish an innovative secondary free school that marries the best of traditional education with a drive to instil core values.The proposed free school will become part of the Multi Academy Trust, Invictus Education. For more information, please visit http://www.invictusfreeschool.co.uk/ or head over to the Invictus Free School Facebook page!

School Leaver Guide

Helping guide your child along the path that’s right for them can be a difficult task at times. That’s why Allabout are here to help. In their guide, tailored especially for parents like you, they have broken down all the options available to your teen after school or college, the different levels of apprenticeship available and much more.

Crestwood Girls Dominate Football Tournament

We are Crestwood! On the 19th December 2018, Crestwood’s Year 7 Girls’ Football Team competed in the finals of the Brierley Hill & Dudley Schools Tournament.  Not only did we win but we SMASHED it!  A huge congratulations is in order as the girls beat Dormston School 5-0, Wordsley School 4-0 and Ellowes Hall School 5-0! As a result of winning the tournament, the girls are now through to the regional competition, which takes place after Christmas! Well done to Miss Ellis and the team! #thesegirlscan #thebest #crestwoodschool


Christmas Jumper Day Success

Crestwood had a blast on Friday 14th December as staff and students took part in the annual Christmas Jumper Day event and raised an amazing £286 for Birmingham Children’s Hospital!


Over recent years the Crestwood School Performing Arts team have been charging up through the ranks, determined to establish their place at the top with productions such as Little Shop of Horrors, A Night At The West End, and their recent sold out show; We Will Rock You! This time they presented to you, A NIGHT ON BROADWAY on the 5th, 6th and 7th of December! A story based on Mr Hurst, a casting director who is looking for his next big star on Broadway. The show follows the story of individuals who dream of becoming the next big Broadway sensation. Will he find his star? Assistant Director Miss Canadine said the entire cast and crew have worked incredibly hard throughout rehearsals to ensure this production was the best it could have been, and what an amazing run of performances they were. Crestwood, take a bow.

Christmas Lunch at Crestwood

It is the most wonderful time of the year! Christmas lunches will be served from Monday 17th to Thursday 20th December 2018 in Crest Central! A vegetarian alternative and other food choices will be available daily. £2.30 will get students a lunch and a pudding!

Student Achieves Top Grade

The future is bright for Aurelius as he has just taken his Grade 5 Piano exam and passed with distinction!

Another Future Sporting Star

Can not beat some student success to round off the school week! Freddie achieved bronze and silver badges in hurdles, sprinting and jumping last night! He also received a plaque for being the most committed, supportive and all rounded under 13 athlete in the Dudley and Stourbridge Harriers Athletics Club after attending all of the triangle, indoor and midland league competitions! Smashed it Freddie, well done! 🏆


Attention all parents. It has been brought to our attention that some parents and students are receiving scam e-mails, where you are asked to click a link and then tricked into giving away your password.

The e-mail currently going around looks like the above image. It will appear as though it came from one of our staff members or a student.

If you receive one of these e-mails, DO NOT click the ‘Display message’ button, and never enter your school password on another web site

If you have opened this email and entered your password, we advise that you change your password immediately. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. Invictus Multi Academy Trust are looking into this problem and are looking to rectify it as soon as possible.

Sixth Form Deadline

Thinking of joining our Invictus Sixth Form? The deadline for applications is Friday 14th December!

Christmas Jumper Day 2018

Crestwood! Get your Christmas jumpers on and lets raise a ton of money for Birmingham Children’s Hospital!

Engineering Careers Breakfast

Year 9 – 11, considering Apprenticeships vs University? hear it first hand from people who chose each pathway this Friday at our Engineering Careers Breakfast! Featuring special guests from the Ministry of Defence, Association of Project Management and Burns & McDonnell!

Student Swims to Success

How about this for some good news to start your week! Over the weekend, our very own Molly competed in the Wombourne SC Club Championships and absolutely dominated it! In 13 races she won 6 gold medals, 7 silver medals, 7 county qualifying times so far and the overall 13/14 age group winner! If that was not enough, last night at the presentation night she gained a further 7 medals for achievements such as setting the fastest time, taking her grand total to 20 medals! Just to top her weekend off, she was chosen to be Vice Captain of the team for the coming year! Future Olympic star right there!

Award Winning Author Visits Crestwood

Now that was inspirational! Award winning author Candy Gourlay delivered an amazing presentation to our Year 7 students yesterday about her work and her newly published book: Bone Talk! Candy said she was extremely impressed with our school and students and left Crestwood with happy memories!

Award Winning Author Visit

Tomorrow we welcome Candy Gourlay, an award winning author to the Crestwood Theatre to talk to our Year 7 Students about her new book: Bone Talk!

Ethics on the agenda

Invictus Sixth Form students from across the trust’s six schools were joined by Ian Austin MP and prominent figures from across the region at Netherton Arts Centre for our first ever Sixth Form Ethics Day on Friday!

Ounsdale School, Kinver High School, Ellowes Hall School, Crestwood School and Leasowes High School were all represented at the event.

Sponsored by Dudley-based Flame Trust and organised by the newly formed Mercian Chaplaincy Partnership, the conference challenged ethical standards in education, industry, healthcare and the community.

It also served to mark the launch of a new chaplaincy initiative established in the Invictus Academies.

Mr Austin, the MP for Dudley North, delivered the opening address, underlining the ethical challenges in today’s society, drawing from many of his own experiences.

Students then attended workshops led by prominent figures from the West Midlands.

Dave Pope, CEO of Flame Trust, said: “This has been a most successful event which gave sixth form students the opportunity to voice their concerns and opinions, and challenge many of the standards that are accepted in today’s society.”

Crestwood’s Christmas Card Competition

Just WOW! So many fantastic entries across all year groups for our ‘Design Our Christmas Card’ competition! It’s going to be hard to decide the winning designs! Thank you to everyone who has taken part, we can’t wait to deliver these through your letter box.

GCSE Mock Exams

Don’t forget the GCSE mock exams start on Monday 26th November and will finish on Friday 7th December! Year 11 we wish you the best of luck! Here are some top tips for exam success:

. Produce a revision timetable
. Get plenty of sleep
. Be on time, don’t rush and be organised
. Eat healthy and nutritious food regularly
. Eat breakfast and stay hydrated
. Stay active and take regular breaks from revising
. Ask your form tutor to help and support you if you need any help during the mock exam period

Calling All Local Businesses

Are you a local business? We value our relationships with the local and wider community and are giving local businesses the opportunity to advertise in the programme of our upcoming show ‘A NIGHT ON BROADWAY’ where the programme will be seen by hundreds of people, over 3 nights. Interested? Please email marketing@crestwood-s.dudley.sch.uk for more information or if you have any queries


So last week these year 9 girls baked and sold some delicious cakes in school and raised a fantastic £80 for the Me & U Youth Club which provides a place where children diagnosed with ASD can socialise and have fun! Proud to have students like these!

Victory for Invictus!

So last night the Invictus Netball team took on Holy Trinity here at Crestwood and won 19-13! We don’t say that we are ‘Unconquerable in Sport’ for nothing!

Team Crestwood at Invictus Games

Team Crestwood came 2nd in the opening Invictus Games of the academic year! A strong start, that trophy is surely ours this year!

Operation Christmas Child

We can’t wait to get these delivered out today! A HUGE thank you to everyone for contributing and helping out this amazing charity. 99 shoeboxes ready to go! Discover more about the great journey your boxes will take at https://www.samaritans-purse.org.uk/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/

School Games Gold Award

Once again we have been awarded the School Games Gold Award! The award accredits and recognises our school as one which goes above and beyond to make sure these opportunities are accessible for our students. Crestwood prides itself on the amount of students that have the opportunity to participate in sport. From social clubs to competitive fixtures in masses of sports Crestwood students take these opportunities and have fun whilst doing them and maintain fitness levels. 

Train to Teach

A job like no other, teaching is a unique, highly rewarding career where you make a real difference to people lives. Interested in getting into teaching? We are now proud to say we have a train to teach partnership with Woodrush High School which is the perfect pathway into teaching. Find out more about our exciting partnership by clicking here

Interested? Check out the Open Morning on the 26th November!


Scuba Diving Experience

Just one of perks of being an Invictus school! Some of our students joined the ‘Dudley Dolphin’ company for a session of scuba diving. This was amazing! Well done everyone who took part and learning something new.

Conservative MP Visits Crestwood

Yesterday we welcomed local Conservative MP Mike Wood through the gates of Crestwood to admire the poppy display up close. Mr Wood also wanted to congratulate staff, students and the community on the hard work and dedication that went into the display.


A Night On Broadway tickets are on sale now so be sure to grab your tickets from the link below! Hurry though, they’re going to sell fast!

Crestwood’s performing arts group will be performing numbers from Matilda, Dreamgirls, Wicked , Billy Elliot, School of Rock, The Greatest Showman and much much more!

Get your tickets here:

Box office


WWII Veteran Visits Crestwood

With the centenary anniversary of the end of WWI approaching, Crestwood is in a reflective mood, giving thought to those who served and made the ultimate sacrifice all those years ago. This morning Crestwood students have been very fortunate as we have had a WWII veteran come in to give a presentation about what life was like during the war, and his first hand experiences of the front line. Lest we forget.


HOT OFF THE PRESS! WE’VE HIT THE NEWS! So our superb poppy display has attracted tons of attention, so much in fact that we have had BBC WM 95.6FM here this morning to report a live story and the Express & Star have been along to take photos and do a write up! We would also like to say a huge thank you to the Knit and Natter group who contributed towards the display!

Crestwood joins Operation Christmas Child!

Join us in helping millions of children around the world, this year Crestwood is taking part Operation Christmas Child and will be shipping off as many shoe boxes as possible to children who wouldn’t receive anything at Christmas otherwise. Want to make a difference? See Mrs Bourne for more details and find out how you can be part of something amazing. Deadline for shoe-boxes is Thursday 15th November!

Poppy Appeal 2018

To mark the centenary anniversary of the end of WW1, we have done something a little special here at Crestwood.  We are extremely proud to present our 4 story high memorial! Staff, students and members of the community have been making poppies for the display for 4 months. One family made 433 over the summer! We also had a local knitting group who made some and Clover Community Group in Oldswinford made two giant Pom Pom poppies for us too. It’s so humbling to have had so many people get involved, we can’t thank you enough!

Fancy Dress Sixth Former’s

Sixth former’s in fancy dress raising money for our chosen school charity “Birmingham’s Children Hospice”.The girls dressed up as characters from the film “Alvin and the chipmunks”

A Level Results

 Crestwood staff would like to say huge congratulations to our Year 13 students as they celebrate their successful A level and BTEC results.  Our A Level results this year have been the best ever and all of our students who applied for university have been successful in obtaining a place of their choice. The universities of Aberystwyth, Worcester and Birmingham City are our students top choices this year with English and Languages the most popular courses.
Crestwood continues to grow and thrive within the Invictus 6th Multi Academy Trust umbrella and we are already looking ahead to build on this years successes following our recent Year 12 excellent AS results.
Crestwood 6th are still recruiting for 2018/19 and we would welcome any applications next week from Year 11 students’ pending their GCSE examination results. For enquiries please contact main school reception from Thursday 23rd August. Details can be found on the Crestwood School website.

Sports Day 2018

Wednesday 11th July saw another very successful sports day for Crestwood. Participation levels were very high, with just over 450 separate students participating in sporting events, the whole day went superbly and continued as a mainstay of the house awards system operating in school, this was the first sports day with the new houses in place.

Students had the opportunity to represent their houses in morning activities including football, golf, swimming, basketball, table tennis and new for this year footgolf. With representatives from every form in the school across all ranges in years 7-10, this was a very busy and very competitive morning. The points gained from each activity fed into the outcome of the whole day which included the afternoon athletics activities.

In the afternoon the track and field athletics event began. With tremendous support from the members of each house who were situated on the bank, participants competed in shot-put, javelin, discus, high-jump, 100m, 200m, 300m, 600m and the team relay event. With support that included banners and chants the day was a real showcase for sport, and for competition between the houses.

After counting up the total points gathered across all event in the day, only 10 points separated the top two houses. This is the equivalent of just a 2 place difference in a running event!!!!  The overall winners of Sports Day 2017 were………… FIRE!!!!

Year 11 Football


In football our year 11 boys fought valiantly against a very good Summerhill team in the final of the Duncan Edwards Cup to finish their time at Crestwood as cup winners, a game and night that will live long in the memory of all those involved. On top of this they also ran out league winners.


Mr Evans

Head of PE

Sponsored Skate

Hannah Morris did a half marathon on ice for children with cancer which took place at Telford ice rink on Thursday 17th May. This consisted of 130 laps of the rink. I raised about £100 in total. This event would not have been possible without the organisation by Cheryl Blewitt.


Well done Hannah this is fantastic!




Year 7 and staff dressed as Book characters to celebrate World Book Day with an array of outfits such as Mary Poppins, BFG, Oliver Twist and Boy in the Dress! Teachers chose a book/theme in their departments: The English Department came along as Of Mice and Men, the Maths Department as 101 Dalmatians, the TAs as ‘Holes’ and the Cover Team as The 3 Little Pigs! Pupils have been voting for their favourite outfit. Results to be announced!

Matt Windle, Birmingham’s Poet Laureate entertained Year 7 and 8 pupils at Crestwood School to celebrate World Book Day with a presentation and Boxercise Poetry Workshop. Year 8 Pupil  James Groucutt said “my favourite part of the day was when we learnt the basics of boxing and how to write with beats and then put them together. The event was incredible.” Organiser Vicky Heathcote said “Matt completely won the pupils over with his unique performance and showed them how much fun you can have creating rhymes and raps! They had the added bonus of learning about boxing at the same time. It was the perfect way to celebrate this special day.”

Matt also judged the recent Poetry Competition and was very impressed with the standard of entries and the quantity!

Invictus Cycling Thursday 8th February 2018


On the 8th of February twelve student from the Invictus Academy Trust had the opportunity to sample what it would be like to ride a fixed wheel race bike (no breaks) in a real velodrome. Students were invited to Manor Abbey Stadium, Halesowen.

Halesowen Cycling club provided coaching and allowing students the opportunity to use their track.  Students were briefed on how to start and stop, but how to use the track to the best of it limits. Students then had to compete is a six-lap pursuit, students commented they could feel “their legs burning”.

The weather was kind to the students and they were lucky enough to be filmed as part of a BBC news article.  To be aired Tuesday 13th February.

Student then got the chance to meet Tommy Godwins daughter, who proudly showed off her father’s 1948 Olympic games medals and Commonwealth gold! She even managed to bring his real Olympic torch. The students loved taking selfies and holding a real 2012 Olympic torch.

Miss Hatton Director of sport commented, “What a fantastic opportunity for our Invictus students, they will always be able to remember this day”

Invictus Cycling Thursday 8th February 2018

Twelve student from the invictus academy trust got the opportunity to sample what it would be like to ride a fixed wheel race bike (no breaks) in a real velodrome. Students were invited to Manor Abbey Stadium, Halesowen where they were give some expert coaching by Halesowen Cycling club. Students were briefed on how to start and stop, but how to use the track to the best of it limits. Students then had to compete is a six-lap pursuit, students commented they could feel “their legs burning”. The weather was kid to the students and they were lucky enough to be filmed as part of a BBC news article.  Hopefully to be aired Tuesday 13th February.

The student then even got chance to meet Tommy Godwins daughter, who proudly showed off her Dads 1948 Olympic game medals and Commonwealth gold! She even managed to bring his real Olympic torch. The students loved taking selfies and holding a real 2012 Olympic torch.

Miss Hatton Director of sport commented, “What a fantastic opportunity for our Invictus students, they will always be able to remember this day”

Wolves Community trust Sports session 2018

Crestwood school have been working with the Wolves Community trust who are delivering sports sessions which are aimed at engaging students through sports.

The sessions incorporate our values and ethos standards. The Wolves coaches are working with the students and emphasising three key values. These values are:




 Students are working on each of the key life skills that will support them in their education and throughout their life with the support of the Trust


Baggeridge Trip 2018

A group of Year 7 students were selected to participate in a day out to Baggeridge to complete the Challenge Academy high ropes course on Drop Down Day. The aim of the day was to develop confidence, boost social skills and encourage interaction between students. Everyone involved had an amazing day and some of them were extremely brave in completing both the beginner and advanced courses. Many students even dared to brave the fan drop which is a vertical drop that lowers each participant to the floor. Miss Barnbroook took one for the team of staff members and completed the death-defying jump herself!

 Whilst we were out and about we visited the park at Himley, had a tasty lunch at the Café, then completed a sunny nature trail around the lake where we developed literacy skills by recording and describing the wildlife that we saw.

 A fantastic time was had by all and a massive thank you goes out to the staff who took part!



Invictus Clay Pigeon Shooting 2018


On the 18th of January 2018 our 3 schools in Invictus came together and took 12 students Clay pigeon shooting at ‘Millride Country Sports’ This was an excellent day out for our students to learn a little more about  shooting. Students involved were:

Crestwood School

Lewis Bedford

Jasmin Harper

Holly Veal

Tom Bedford

Kinver High School

Brandon Catton Forst

Oliver White

Oliver Bailey

Ellie Southall

George Loins

Jack Pritchard

Josh Taylor




Our coaches for the day were fantastic, Glynne and Dave, really put or students at ease and ensured that they ALL experienced success by hitting the targets a number of times!

Director of Invictus Sport, Miss Hatton added ‘It was an epic day out and we cannot wait for our next trip to see Joanne and the team at Millride’











Merry Christmas….EVERYONE!!!!!

Merry Christmas from everyone at Crestwood!

More staff than ever involved in this video, we hope our students enjoy!!!!

Please watch until the end….

Crestwood School Closed 11/12/17

Please see the below message from our headteacher, Mr Bowles:

Having just assessed the conditions both at school and on roads leading to school, together with the forecast of more snow, for the safety of Students, parents and staff, both to and from school (also on site) we are reluctantly taking the difficult decision to close school on Monday 11 th December. We will be open on Tuesday.

Crestwood School – We Will Remember Them…

Thanks to Mrs. Barnbrook who organised the trip, on Tuesday 7th November, 14 Year 9 students had the opportunity to visit Lye cemetery to visit WWI and some WW2 war graves. The volunteers at the cemetery took the students around numerous war graves giving us some information about the soldiers that were buried there. After hearing about each soldier’s story, students commemorated them by dedicating a poppy in their memory. The poppies were made by the students as a part of a project running up to Remembrance Day. Despite the cold and wet it was an amazing opportunity for students to learn about soldiers from our area who fought in the wars.

“Overall the experience of visiting the cemetery was very reflective and made me think about what we do today to honor the soldiers. I found it very surprising how young they were and just how many of them were of that young age. Most of them were only ten years or less older than we are. It was also very frightening to think what they went through and all the pain they must have gone through. This made me feel lucky to have all the things we have that they didn’t.”

Tom Whitehouse 9KE

“Visiting Lye&Wollescote Cemetery was quite emotional for me. It was quite upsetting imagining what the soldiers had to go through and how much pain they had to suffer while fighting for our country. One of the main things that I found really upsetting was that some of the soldiers passed away just a couple of days before the war was over. Losing a member of a family at the last minute, must have been really difficult for families. I am really grateful to all the soldiers that put their life at risk in order to defend our country. We wouldn’t be where we are now if it want for them.”

Saman Batool 9KR 

“When I visited the cemetery I surprised to see how many of the soldiers were younger than 30 and how many died so near the end and after of the war due to its effects. This was an unique experience. I feel like we learned a lot more about  the soldiers who fought in World War One and we gained more respect for them and realised how hard their lives were. I really enjoyed it.”

Scarlett Morris   9AJ


Invictus Games II

On Thursday 19th October we proudly hosted the 2nd Invictus Games, below is an article that featured in the Stourbridge news on the 23rd October:

HUNDREDS of young athletes from across Dudley borough took part in the second hotly contested Invictus Games.

Crestwood School in Kingswinford were the hosts of the event which brought together more than 120 participants from the Invictus Education Trust schools – Ellowes Hall Sports College, Crestwood School, Leasowes High School, Ounsdale High School, Kinver High School and Pedmore Technology College.

Cheered on by their fellow students, staff, headteachers from the respective schools and special guests for the day – Team GB athletes Amy Smith and Richard Buck – the youngsters enjoyed an action packed day of sport.

After a close sporting battle between the six schools, Ellowes Hall ran out eventual winners, and celebrated by lifting the Invictus Games Shield. The battle for second and third was intense, with Crestwood just beating Leasowes into the runners up spot.

Rosie Hatton, Invictus Education Trust’s director of sport, said: “The ethos of Invictus sport is best summed up with our motto ‘Unconquerable in Sport’.

“The schools competed against each other throughout the day across a number of sports, including Handball, Swimming and Rowing to see who could crown themselves truly unconquerable.

“I have a genuine a passion for sport so it is a huge honour for me, with the help of our fantastic PE departments, to offer the thousands of Invictus students a pathway into elite sport.”


All schools

Recording Artist J-Sol Meets our Year 9’s

On Wednesday 18th October we welcomed recording artists J-Sol to Crestwood School to speak to our Year 9 students about careers and the choices they face in the next few years.

J-Sol also wowed audiences by performing 2 hit tracks!

J-Sol’s advice and experience was very well received by our students, the feedback from them was incredibly positive. A full gallery of the event is available on our Facebook page.


Year 11 Presentation Evening


Monday 25th September saw the launch of a week of celebrating last years success. The evening was hosted by Mr. Boerm, there was a fantastic performance of ‘Skid Row’ to kick off the evening before Miss Lowe presented a vast array of awards to her year group.

We are now looking forward to the other year groups over the coming nights!


For a full gallery please visit our Facebook Group

Class of 2017 Results Day

Congratulations to the class of 2017, we have enjoyed a fantastic morning handing out results to what have been a wonderful year group!

Some incredible individual attainment. All of which was hard earned and well deserved.

Another year of improvement in the amount of students achieving a level 4/Grade C or above in 5 subjects, including English and Maths.

A significant increase in the amount of students receiving A/A* equivalent in English and Maths, over 30 students received a level 7-9 in English or Maths.

66% of students received a level 4  or above (Grade C equivalent) in English, a 5% increase year on year

50% students achieved a Level 4 in English and Maths, 28% achieved a level 5 in English and Maths!

Honourable mentions for Taylor Perks, Lucie Dolphin and Thomas Williams for achieving an average score of level 7/Grade A across all subjects entered!

There is a full gallery of photographs from the morning available on the school Facebook page

Pictured Below (Left to Right):

Tom and Tony Williams open their results, both boys are in the top ten students in the year group for average score per subject

Rachelle Hammond, Ruman Rai, Chloe Westwood, Demi Westwood, Callum Jackson-Tait, Lucie Dolphin, Taylor Perks and Kayleigh Boyce amongst a group of high achievers (top 10% of year group – some students not available for photograph)

Our 3 highest performing girls, Taylor, Lucie and Kayleigh pose with their fantastic results

A Level Results Success!

Well done to all of our students collecting their A level Results today! 100% of those who applied to university are attending their chosen University and course in September 2017!

Well done!


CrestMag Out Now!

The summer edition of our school magazine, CrestMag, arrived in school yesterday – a copy has been distributed to lower school (7, 8 & 9), Years 10 & 11 and everyone else can view their copy online. There are lots of amazing stories detailing student achievements and activities. It’s not to be missed!

View a copy here!


Sports Day Highlights

Check out our video compilation which has been expertly put together by our Creative Media Assistant, Mr Bedworth. A fantastic day hosted by the PE department. Full article to follow in CrestMag as well as a gallery on our Facebook page.

West Midlands Schools Athletics Championships – Libby-Ann Davies

We reported last month that Libby had finished second in the Dudley Schools Athletic Championships Long Jump….

Well on Saturday 10th June Libby competed against other qualifiers from all schools in the West Midlands at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham!

Libby finished a respectable 7th place and had a great day!

It was worth noting that Libby had been practicing, in her own time, all week and had a personal best jump of 3.80m, on the day Libby’s biggest jump was 3.60m, her PB would have put her in the TOP 3!!!

It might sound strange mentioning this but it’s good to learn what pressure can do to you and how it can affect performance, both sporting and academic. Libby has learnt this at a very early stage in her school life and I’m CERTAIN she will benefit from the experience next time she encounters pressure, whether it be exams, tests or other sporting competitions. It proved to be a good couple of days for Libby who had, on Friday 9th June, been awarded Student of the Half Term by her Head of Year, Miss Hatton.

Well done Libby, we are all very proud of you!!!

Libby Long Jum Alexander Stadium

Food Glorious Food – Welcome to Crest Central!!!!!

Congratulations go out to Alex Grazier of 8Di who successfully named the new Crestwood dining experience. His entry ‘Crest Central’ was successfully picked out from 174 separate entries, and is now in pride of place. Crestwood students love both the new name and the new food options. Well done again Alex!

Crest Central

Crestwood Students Visit Worcester University

On 17th May 2017 Ms. Barnbrook accompanied 16 Crestwood Students on a visit to Worcester University.

Below you can read some accounts of the day from Ms. Barnbrook and a selection of students.

Despite the heavy rain and the mini bus steaming up due to excited students, the whole group had an enjoyable day meeting the Tutors, exploring the campus, discovering a wide range of courses on offer. It was a pleasure to see all students getting involved with the question time getting the most out of their day. I am proud of how they represented Crestwood and made the most of the experience. Well done Crestwood. Ms Barnbrook

My experience at Worcester University was exciting and very enjoyable. I have been given a chance to look at the university and decide on my options that I choose in year nine, to gain the best qualification for college which will lead to university. The day trip answered all my questions such as – What courses are available? Do I have to pay? If so how much is it? Overall it was a great experience.

By Taylor Massey.

My experience at the University was fun and full of good information about the future, helping me to decide what’s best for me, when I choose a university. I also looked at the courses that are now on offer and how I can get the best out of my current education, to get me where I would like to be in the future, overall it was an enjoyable day..

Year 8 Student

I enjoyed my time at Worcester University it was a very valuable trip and we all learnt about becoming a student at Worcester University from cost, accommodation, friendships and courses. We had a small tour even though it rained the whole time, it was still enjoyable. I’m glad I went and I am definitely thinking about my future.

By Mollie Sanders.

My experience at the University was positive, I have learnt a lot from how much it costs, I could do a part-time job in between my learning. The subjects on offer allow you lots of opportunities from trips abroad, field trips and work experience. The whole day was enjoyable and I learnt a lot about Uni life on campus.

By Jolin Slater

When I went to the open day at Worcester University, I really enjoyed it. The staff were really friendly, the canteen was very nice and the food on offer. I got to learn about life on the campus and the accommodation for students, what type of room s they have on offer. It has helped me to think more about my options and begin to build on my future.

By Charlie Hampson

Passing Out Parade – Crestwood Cadet Detachment

Thursday 1st June saw our cadets detachment sworn in and become fully fledged members of the Army Cadet Force (ACF). A very proud day for the school, watched by family, friends, our Head Teacher (a former Royal Marines Commando!) and members of various ACF detachments from all over Staffordshire.

The detachment’s parade evenings are Tuesday and Thursday 1900-2100hrs, if you are interested in joining our detachment please email Sgt. Brown 5899brow@armymail.mod.uk

The full gallery is available on our Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/groups/536968356462972/

Here is a wonderfully edited video which shows highlights of the parade. Ours students were a credit to the Army Cadet Force and the school. The video was filmed and edited by our very own Creative Media Assistant, Tom Bedworth

Humanities Visit to Munich

During Whitsun break Miss Read accompanied a group of fortunate year 9 and 10 students on a trip to the magnificent city of Munich.  Miss Read kept a diary of the visit, it was an action packed trip as you can see from Miss Read’s incredibly detailed, almost minute by minute account!

The trip will run each year, if you missed out this year make sure you get involved in 2018!

Day 1

Friday –  Met at 12,30am at school (Thursday night) coach down to London Heathrow Terminal 5. Students loud – nobody except teachers slept on the coach.

Arrived at airport at about 4am – still no one asleep.

Boarded plan at 6.20am – flight was about 2 hours 15 minutes – still no sleep!

Transfer from Munich at 9am was relatively seamless – passport control took ages as some student were on the slow shuttle bus to the terminal!

Crestwood students collected everyone’s bags for them while we were waiting – very kind.

Arrived at the hotel at 11am thinking we could get into our rooms for a nap and a shower, only to be told they weren’t ready so we got the train into Munich. Our tour wasn’t until 2.30pm so students had some free time to get some lunch and shopping.

2.30pm – 28 degree heat and we have a walking tour of Munich – had a very detailed description of certain places of importance such as the beer hall where Hitler stages his Munich Putsch. We also visited the “English Garden” – a garden built modelled on an English park as the Kaiser at the time was education in England and wanted somewhere like it in Munich.

6.30pm – Students back at hotel to eat, shower and have free time before dinner.

7.30pm – Dinner at the hotel, students are finally moaning about being tired!!!

9pm – We decide it’s time for an early night!!

Day 2

Saturday – A very lovely continental breakfast at 8am – cheeses, hams, lots of fruit juice and coffee for teachers. 9am boarded the coach to visit Neuschwanstein Castle – a beautiful castle in the Alps on the border of Austria/Hungary.

10.45am – Arrived at the castle. Miss Read had to run crazily to work out how to collect tickets – all fine in the end! We walked up to the castle through a lovely mountain climb for 45 minutes before we took some photos of the views and got ready for our tour.

12.30pm – Had an audio guided tour around the castle with a guide. We learned about the history of the castle and what different parts were for. It was a nineteenth-century Romanesque Revival palace built by King Ludwig II and was stunning! Set in mountains and lakes. Students then had the chance to visit Poellat Gorge on the mountain – Really high bridge walk that is exhilarating and beautiful. Amazing views of the landscape and rugged and wild environment.

2pm – Back to the coach for a quick lunch before we head back to Munich city centre for a tour around the Jewish Museum.

4.30pm – Arrive at the Jewish Museum for our tour. Excellent!!!! We learned all about the architecture, the Jewish community in Munich and their history as well as lots about their religion and culture. Got a chance to have a go on an interactive map where you placed certain signs over the sites and it told you about the importance of each one and also showed you primary photos from the time. Guide was excellent and very knowledgeable.

5pm, quick pit-stop at the BMW museum (do you like what I did there, pit-stop, cars, BMW…no? Never mind).

6pm – Walk back to the hotel for some free time before dinner!

7.30pm – Dinner.

9pm – QUIZ. Mr Fox, Miss Read and Miss Gilhooley created an excellent Humanities themed quiz night, with some music sport and film thrown in. Mr Fox was the quiz master (or so he thought he was) and students were placed into teams. Things got very competitive!!! Crestwood boys came 3rd (not bad!!) …won’t mention where the girls came.

11pm – bed ready for Sunday!!

Day 3

Sunday – 8am breakfast – more cheeses and hams.

9am – Boarded the coach ready for our trip to Dachau concentration camp. This was one part of this trip I was particularly looking forward to. The history around the site is fascinating – it was the first concentration camp made by Hitler in 1933 and actually served as a labour (work) camp for political prisoners from the former Weimar Republic (the government set up in Germany after WW1). Modern companies including Mercedes, BMW and Hugo Boss all used these prisoners as their workforce. The tour guides we had were incredible. We walked around the camp seeing the old prison cells and the sleeping quarters which were built for 200 people and slept 2000. We visited the 3 memorials that have been built. Our final part of the tour was through the crematorium and the bas chamber. This was a particularly poignant part.

1.30pm – After quite a heavy morning we decided on a lighter afternoon so we visited Olympia Park – the park where the 1972 Olympics’ were held. This gave students an opportunity to compare the site with facts they have learned about the 1936 Berlin games. We had some free time here to take in the sites of the park. We then went up the tower which gave beautiful 360 degree views of Munich.

6pm – Headed back to the hotel via the tram for free time before dinner.

7.30pm – Dinner – more German sausages.

9pm – Evening activity – cabaret! Students were given a theme of “first dates” and created their own dramatic scene around the theme. Fantastic efforts by all!

11pm – Bedtime!

Day 4 

Monday – 9am breakfast today and the day we check out! But not before we are having some free time around Munich, and a trip up to the top of St Peter’s Cathedral.

10am – We left the hotel to walk to the Cathedral. After 20 minutes working out which one it was using Google Maps and Images, we climbed the narrow 336 steps to the top. But wow was it worth it!! We climbed the tallest clock tower in Munich and the views were incredible.

1pm – Walked to English Park for lunch.

2pm – Free time around Munich! Students were able to have time for last minute shopping and experience some German culture.

5.30pm – Transfer back to the airport.

9pm – Flight home.

1am – Arrived back at Crestwood for parent pick up!

 An incredible history trip – brilliant sites visited and some forever memories made. Look forward to next year! For the full gallery please visit our Face book page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/536968356462972/



Crestwood Students Star at the Dudley Schools Athletics Championships

Wednesday 25th May our PE department travelled to the Dell Stadium for the annual Dudley Schools Athletic Championships with our super sporty Year 7 students. There were some standout performances from  number of our students:

Charlie Rankovic finished 3rd the long jump event, Esme Ledbrook finished 3rd in the 200 metres, Paige Franks 3rd in the 100 metres, the girls 4×100 metre relay team (Ashley Perks, Ella Southall, Paige Edwards and Abby Oakley took 2nd place in a very strong field. The performance of the day though went to Libby-Ann Davies who finished 2nd in the long jump and qualified for the West Midlands Athletics Championships which are held at the Alexandra Stadium in Birmingham, home of the Birchfield Harriers!

Well done to all of the students that participated!

Here are a couple of shots of Libby-Ann pre and post take off!

The full gallery can be found on our Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/groups/536968356462972/

Summer Serenade – A Crestwood School Collaboration Concert!!

ON the 21st of June we have invited local concert band ‘The BJ Concert Band’ to join us in what promises to be a carefully planned, rip-roaring collaboration. The 90 minute set will see a mixture of all time classics and modern chartbusters performed in our brand new, state of the art theatre.

This is a ‘one night only’ show and tickets will be limited, please get yours as soon as possible to avoid disappointment!

Summer Serenade

Year 7 iPad Launch

Yesterday our Year 7 students were issued with their iPads, this morning I managed to get a few pictures of the students using their iPads in Mr Boerm’s PSHE lesson. The students were using Siri and Safari to research academic pathways and qualifications (School/College/University).

This is the 2nd year we have committed to the iPad project after last year’s Year 7 (current Year 8) saw the massive benefits of this wonderful resource. We are ensuring our students embrace the fast paced change that technology is bringing to everyday life!

It is also worth noting that a number of these images were taken by aspiring photographer Callum Nock (Year 7 Student). Callum came to me earlier in the year and mentioned his passion for photography, over the next few weeks we have a number of in school photo-shoots planned and Callum will be invited along to learn some photography techniques.


The Gambia Project 2017

During Easter 2017 Ms Lowe accompanied 4 lucky Crestwood School & Sixth Form students on a once in a life time trip to The Gambia. The students were Liam Walters, Chris Kauczok, Dan Smart and Connor O’ Boyle. We joined forces with students from one of our partner schools, Kinver High School, to make a difference to the lives of Gambian Children. The aim was to help more Gambian children access education, something we can sometime take for granted! Here is a diary of the visit written by Ms Lowe.

We intend to take even more students next year. If you are interested (who wouldn’t be!!!???) please speak with Ms. Lowe.

Day 1: Arrived at beach front hotel, exhausted from the journey.

Day 2: Early start – Travelled to Mansa Colley Bojang Primary School to teach lessons. The Crestwood Students were at first overwhelmed at having a class full of excited children staring at them, waiting to be taught. But they soon got into the swing of things, making paper aeroplanes and coordinating a competition between the students in the classes, awarded the pupils who could make their plane fly the furthest.

Played football with students from the school. Ms Lowe awarded herself player of the match and no argument was heard. The students of Bojang Primary School won on penalties.

Day 3: Up close and personal at the local monkey park. Afterwards, we visited the crocodile pool where the Crestwood Students petted an actual scary, toothy croc!!! Ms Lowe seemed to go missing at this point.

Day 4: Welcoming ceremony in local village. We were welcomed and thanked for our fundraising efforts, and for visiting with ceremonial dance and music. Speeches were made by the village elders and politicians. We felt overwhelmed and grateful!

Day 5: Helped local villagers build school building. Staff and students got stuck in, fetching water from the well to mix cement by spade, and transport it using wheelbarrows to different parts of the site. Some students were assigned the task of making bricks to build with – Liam Walters felt especially good at this, whereas Connor O’Boyle could barely get the bricks to stay intact. Foundations were dug out for a patio area at the front of the school, and the concrete floors were laid and smoothed flat. A very physical and worthwhile day to see the building develop, and all the hard work the local community puts into constructing it. We felt very proud to have contributed money through fundraising which allowed the local community to buy the resources needed.

Day 6: Visited Serrekunda market with local women and went shopping for ingredients to make dinner. The market was so colourful and busy. Hundreds of varieties of fish were being sold, as well as spices and vegetables. We brought the ingredients back to the compounds and to meet local families. The afternoon was spent preparing the food (learning how to scale and gut fish), and cooking it, as well as singing and dancing with the women and children. Dan Smart was not shy in getting up and shaking his booty. He was the life and soul of the compound that day.

Day 7: Visited anti-natal hospital and health centre where we gained an important insight into the basic facilities for men, women and children.

D & T GCSE Work Gallery

As reported in our most recent Crestmag our Year 11 students have recently submitted their final work for GCSE D & T (Food & Nutrition, Textiles and Product Design). We couldn’t feature all of the work in the Crestmag due to there being so many GREAT pieces!

Year 11 GCSE Textiles: nature inspired play mats (Ellie-Jaye Wright 11 IN, Sian Wright 11 I and Chloe Evans 11 W); ‘All Things British’ themed soft furnishings- cushions by Lorna Doherty 11E, duvet cover by Helena Allen 11W; vintage style dresses (Amy Thomas 11W, Kourtney Johnson 11W, Hannah Jefferies 11 D).

Year 11 GCSE Food: final products- Chocolate Orange Tartlets (Leon Robinson 11 I); Strawberry and Vanilla Custard Slice (Sana Noreen 11 W); Ravioli Lasagne (Jake Guest 11 I).

Year 11 GCSE Product Design: selection of final products by Thomas Carter 11IN, James Garrett 11D, Zackery Haywood 11D, Chris Kauczok 11D, Azain Khan 11E, Tayyob Mahmood 11IN, Tyler Nixon 11I, Matthew Shaw 11E, Teri Temple 11W and Johnny Xiourouppas 11I.

Here they are for you to enjoy!

World Book Day – Review & Extreme Reading Winners!

Each year Miss Evans and Miss Carpenter organise a fabulous day for World Book Day – Here is Miss Evans review of another successful WBD at Crestwood School! Including the winners of our Extreme Reading Competition (Editors Note – Don’t try this at home!!!! Well try the reading, just not the extreme part!!!) 

Yet again Crestwood celebrated World Book Day in style; it just seems to get better and better each year. This year, we were joined by the likes of: Winnie the Pooh and Piglet, King Arthur, Matilda, Tintin, Victoria Wood, and the whole crew from The Wizard of Oz.

This time we had a different treat for students in Years 7 and 8, as we were joined by international storyteller: Anna Conomos. Anna has travelled the world sharing and re-enacting stories (she’s even performed in castles and on a boat!). The Story that she shared with us was a poignant, true story of two Greek families during the holocaust. The students were enthralled as Anna taught us about Greek and Jewish cultures, and even sang songs that are part of Jewish celebrations.

For the second half of the day, 40 very lucky students from years 7 and 8 also had the chance to participate in a drama workshop with Anna. The focus of the activities was to bring stories to life through voice and action. The work that the students produced was excellent – it was clear to see how well they had engaged with the story, and we evidently have some budding storytellers in our presence.

Prior to the big day, Crestwood had the Big School Read (where every student in the school read the same short story in 10 minute instalments during each of their lessons throughout the day). This year’s story was an account of the effects that war had on the soldiers who returned home. Thank you to Miss Baker for organising this; it really opened up some very mature conversations with students and staff.

In addition, Crestwood’s A-Level English Literature students from year 12, along with Miss Hall and Mrs Carpenter, launched ‘Have a Blind Date with a Book’. For this, novels of various genres were secretly wrapped in brown paper, and students and teachers were encouraged to pick their next read based solely on the key words written on the wrapping. This was an exciting new venture, and lots of students and staff found new novels and authors that they might have ignored in the past!

And finally, the Extreme Reading competition 2017 was launched –Check out the images and winners below.

The day was a great success, with many students and staff going home with a big smile on their face, and a new appreciation of how to engage people through the spoken word. Thank you to everyone who got involved and helped make it such an enjoyable day.

Extreme Reading Winners:

Individual Category: Rhys Cox (7EN), Maya Andrews-Braverman (8VI)

Group Category: 9I (See if you can work out what they’ve spelt in British Sign Language)

Staff Category: Mr Naujeer and Mr Harris

Incredible Product Design Work by Azain Khan

Azain was set the following challenge for his GCSE Product Design Controlled Assessment task:

Ever asked “why hasn’t someone invented a product to…”? Newspaper supplements often advertise such clever product as devices for cleaning down the sides of fridges or solar powered key-hole lights investigate a problem which you can establish is shared by many people and design and make a prototype with packaging and suitable promotional material.

When asked about his work Azain explained: ‘I designed and made an illuminated football corner post for my GCSE product design. I wanted to extend lower league football hours by improving vision of the corners of the pitch, my product would encourage visually impaired people to join in more sports’

Mrs Tingley who has worked closely with Azain whilst he has been at Crestwood School added: ‘ As a profoundly deaf child and part of the Listen and Learn Centre, Azain has a unique perspective on the difficulties that people with disabilities face. It came as no surprise therefore that he chose to make a product that reflects this understanding of need.

Supported by committed Specialist Teaching Assistants, Azain has excellent progress in many areas; last year he won the school progress award.

I am immensely proud of his achievements, and am sure he will succeed in Dudley College doing Electrical Installations after he leaves Crestwood’

Well done Azain, we are all very proud of your work!


Crestmag Has Landed!!!

Copies of the latest edition of Crestmag have been distributed to Key Stage 3 students (Year 7, 8 & 9). Keys Stage 4 students can read their copy by clicking on the link below!


Year 7 Student of the Year 2015/2016

During year 8 assembly this morning (30/03/2017) Mr Naujeer presented last years student of the year with their certificate.

Well done Kaitlin Higgs, Kaitlin’s name will now be proudly displayed on our honours board, keep up the great work. A very tough decision given that it is a year group full of superstars!

Kaitlin Higgs

Little Shop of Horrors – Opening Night Success

A magnificent night was had by the 200+ strong audience last night in our brand new theatre (29/03/17).

The show was an incredible success and we look forward to the crowd’s reactions for the next 2 evenings, we have even had to install more seating to cope with the demand!

For audience reviews of last night’s show please follow the school Facebook page, reports and galleries will follow in the coming weeks.


More School Improvements on the Way!

Yesterday we received the fantastic news that we have been successful in our bid for a Condition Improvement Fund for the 3rd year running. Our Facilities Manager, Jonathan Harris, spends months preparing our bids and his hard work has meant millions of pounds of government investment over the past 3 years.

Fabulous news and more exciting times ahead for the school!

Student Press Team, ‘Crest Press’ Interview Head Teacher and Show Director

week of our school production, our in school reporters ‘Crest Press’, have conducted interviews with the show director, Miss Bradshaw and Head Teacher, Mr Bowles, we hope you enjoy the interviews!

Interviews by Helen Zheng, Nyah Mallen, Daniel Moriarty, Cole Roberts, Mollie-Mai Summers and Jessica Skidmore (and what a great job they have done!)

Miss Bradshaw


What inspired you to do a production?

I was always inspired to do one. For the first show, I wanted to include a lot of music, which is strange because I never wanted to do a musical when I was young! However, I felt this would fit in really well in this school.

How do you find working with Crestwood students?

Amazing! It is nice to see variety between years because in previous schools there would only be Years 10 and 11.

How does this compare with other productions you have done?

It is great to see the students’ progress as they rehearse-It is truly wonderful.

How much of your spare time do you use for rehearsals and preparation?

Yes a lot! We rehearse two times a week but it is not all script work, we take time to create props and costumes as well as perfecting our songs. We also use some lunchtimes and afterschool to prepare.

Have you had any problems or hindrances?

Not much but the main character breaking his arm was a big deal, we also have two more on crutches which has caused annoyances but apart from that its going smooth.

What is your favourite scene in the play?

It has to be the plant! I love all scenes in the little shop of horrors but my favourite is the first murder of the plant, with the blood and mystery!

If you had to be one character in the play who would you choose?

My first choice would have been Audrey because of her songs however my all-time choice would have to be the plant! I love it and it is one of my favourite features in the show.

Mr Bowles


What do you think of the choice of play for this year?

It’s a good choice because it’s a big cast, so you can get more people involved and I love musicals. Anything that has acting is brilliant.

Were you involved much in the audition stages? How do you feel about Miss Bradshaw and Mr. Sweeney’s cast choices?

I wasn’t exactly involved with the auditions, I left the decisions to them since they’re the experts. They know you as they teach you in both music and drama. I went to some of the auditions, but I didn’t get to pick any of the students who auditioned. Many people auditioned and I found a lot of them [to be] excellent. If they didn’t choose who they did, I wouldn’t of known that some of the students have fantastic voices. In my opinion, the choices are fantastic. I would like this school to be recognised as a performing arts school as well as sports.

What do you think of the play after rehearsals?

I think the play is really good. 5-6 weeks away from the performance and I’m really excited but I’m also nervous for the cast performing. I think that it is phenomenal in lots of ways. I hope the performance runs smoothly. They have learnt their lines and nailed the songs. It’s the sequencing in between that needs improving. From what I’ve seen it’s going to be great, they just need to tie it all together now. I know I’m no expert on it.

Little Shop of Horrors – 1 week to go!!!!!!!!!!

Some sneaky footage of two of our leads in full dress rehearsal today.

Excuse my shoddy camera work but having watched parts of todays rehearsal I just had to share some of it. So proud of everyone involved in the show, truly incredible talent.

You can purchase your tickets from the school office, Friday 31st March is almost sold out, tickets still available on Wednesday 29th and Thursday 30th March.

Crestwood Radio Station Edges Ever Nearer

We aim to launch our in school radio station immediately after the Easter Break.

After yesterday’s successful interviews we have filled the posts of Producer, Station Manager, News Team, Interviewers, Researchers, Crestwood Voice, Sports Reporters and Weather Reporters

Today sees the selection process for the Hosts!

The tech is all ready, humble beginnings but we present to you the Crestwood Radio Station Studio!!!!



World Book Day 2017 – 2nd March

Take a look through the photo gallery, we had some very creative costumes for World Book Day 2017.

The icing on the cake for the day was most definitely the visit of author Anna Conomos. Anna’s incredible storytelling wowed our students!

Enjoy the snaps!

Crestwood Cadets – First Public Duty!

The Crestwood School Cadets Detachment served their first official public duty on Thursday 16th February.

Our cadets assisted with the Year 9 Options Parents Evening, a very important annual event that helps our students begin to shape their future.

The students proudly wore their uniform and assisted by navigating parents around the school.

Don’t they look just fantastic!

Crestwood School Band on Tour!!

3 of our musicians steal the show yet again with a rip-roaring performance at the River Rooms in Stourbridge on Wednesday 15th February.

Ellie Harthill, Harriet Mazur and Jack Parsons, who form 3 parts of the band Black Flamingos, wowed the audience with an incredible set. The pictures below show that along with their magnificent musical talent they also look the part of budding rock stars!

Well done guys!

Safer Internet Day

On Tuesday 7th February we took part in the national campaign ‘Safe Internet Day’. Our contribution included this video, filmed and edited by former student Tom Bedworth with the scenes expertly acted out by our drama students!

The message is simple…be careful what you post online, you never know who is watching!

Year 11 Reward

During the first half of the spring term 25 lucky students received a £10 reward for achieving 100% attendance, 100% punctuality and attending a minimum of THREE after school revision sessions per week.

Mr Bowles set the challenge at the end of the Autumn term during our Christmas Assembly. The campaign demonstrates how we are willing to put our money where our mouth is in terms of matching the commitment of our students.

Year 11 have another chance at the reward during the second part of the spring term, hopefully the 25 winners will inspire the rest of the year group!