We are looking to establish an innovative secondary free school that marries the best of traditional education with a drive to instil core values.
Our school will be highly aspirational, highly physical and highly educational. It is planned that students will end up with an education that comprises GCSEs including English and Maths, other EBacc subjects and vocational qualifications. In addition, students will also study for other certifications deemed desirable by employers.
The proposed free school will become part of the Multi Academy Trust, Invictus Education, which is comprised of six of the leading schools in Dudley and South Staffordshire. The schools are: Ellowes Hall Sports College in Gornal, The Crestwood School in Kingswinford, Leasowes High School in Halesowen, Pedmore High School in Pedmore, and from Staffordshire: Kinver High School in Kinver and Ounsdale High School in Wombourne.
The proposed free school is expected to serve families from Dudley, Wolverhampton and Sandwell.
The proposal is for the Invictus Free School to open in September 2020 as a Year 7 to Year 11 secondary school, building up to its full capacity of 600 students.
Owing to the disappointment felt by the local community of the closing down of Coseley School and need of secondary places in Dudley North - we are proposing the location of our new free school to be situated on the existing Coseley School site. One of our ambitions is to ensure the sports facilities are kept open to the community. Please note: This will NOT take the place of Coseley Technology Primary School. This is still proposed to start date September 2019. Invictus Free School will be a secondary school situated on the remaining land.
Our bid has been inspired by the impact we saw following the introduction of a Cadet Force at our other Invictus Schools. For a significant number of students, that impact has been transformational and we aim to spread this through the Trust with our free school. We believe there is no better way to instil the skills and confidence that young people need to thrive than to take a model that clearly works and embed it into a full time, long term education plan. Using the cadet programme alongside the curriculum allows students to develop academically, socially, emotionally, and personally. The key feature is that the students who choose to learn in our free school will also achieve far more in the disciplined structure, both academically and as useful members of society thereafter.
We have been inspired to try and set up a free school that fuses education and cadet values. Thus, for students, the morning will largely be taken up delivering core academic lessons and the afternoon will be practical and physical. This would include drill and other physical challenges as well as being highly vocational. It is a significant determination of the school that the students on leaving be highly employable. The staff will be a mix of teachers and former service personnel. We intend that, for pupils, life in the Invictus Free School be an ‘immersion’ in skills and experiences that will fit them for the wider world, and that they might not get otherwise. It is essential to point out at this juncture that the students will have the opportunity to follow a suite of GCSEs, the EBacc, and vocational qualifications, thus offering them a broad and balanced curriculum.
In summary, Invictus Free School will go beyond simply addressing a need for places and increased parental choice. We passionately believe that using a combination of core values and an exciting, physical, curriculum we will raise aspirations and enhance the lives of many young people.