We are committed to develop the individual and endeavour to give our students ample and varied opportunities inside and outside of the curriculum to achieve this. We have a culture here at Crestwood of ‘anything is possible’. Our high expectations of ourselves and our students are reflected in the daily life of our school where hard work, effort and achievement are recognised and celebrated.
Mrs Caroline Sutton, Headteacher
Mrs Sutton joined Crestwood in 2012 as Deputy Headteacher having worked in Wolverhampton in a variety of leadership roles for 12 years. She trained to teach in Birmingham having graduated with honours in Modern Languages and Literature from Manchester.
Grammar school educated, Mrs Sutton has dedicated her career to working in schools where young people don't always have the opportunities she had.
Mrs Sutton has been a primary school governor for in excess of 10 years. She is married with 2 sons. Her hobbies include playing hockey, watching Wasps rugby, travel, the theatre and French literature.
Ellowes Hall Sports College
Our high standards are evident in a number of areas – academic, sporting, artistic, cultural and behaviour. We will never compromise on these high standards – and we will commit ourselves to helping our children to be the best they can be. We are proud of our young people and we are proud of the caring education they receive.
Mr Alan Jasper, Headteacher
Mr Jasper has been Headteacher at Ellowes Hall Sport College since March 2015, having been Deputy Headteacher for the previous eleven years. He read Mathematics at The University of Manchester, where he began his teaching career and still teaches A Level Mathematics at Ellowes Hall. He has previously taught in Shropshire, where he still lives.
Together with his love of all things mathematical, he has a particular passion for Learning and Teaching combined with the use of data in schools in order to facilitate good progress for all students. He has been a Chartered Mathematician for well over a decade, is a Primary School Governor and a member of Dudley Schools’ Forum and its Budget Working Group. He has also been a season ticket holder at Aston Villa for the last twenty-five years, having been a lifelong fan through good times and bad.
Kinver High School
Kinver High School is a thriving and successful secondary school with 600 pupils. We have a history of excellence based on our core values of hard work, discipline and high aspirations. We are also a forward-looking school, committed to seeking excellence in the future.
Mr Daniel Taylor, Headteacher
Mr Daniel Taylor has recently taken on the headship at Kinver High. Mr Taylor graduated from Aston University’s business school with a combined honours degree in 1992. Having worked for 8 years in industry, he began his teacher training in 2001 and took up a full time position with Leasowes High School in Halesowen in 2002. Here he worked as a subject teacher within business studies and ICT and quickly rose up through the ranks to ultimately become the school’s deputy head. As part of the Invictus Trust, Mr Taylor has also spent some time working at Ounsdale High School.
Mr Taylor works passionately to ensure that the best opportunities are afforded to students regardless of their backgrounds and starting points. He believes that aspiration and motivation are key to students exploiting their full potential.
With 2 children, Mr Taylor is kept busy in his spare time. However, he enjoys running and has completed the London Marathon on 3 occasions raising money for cancer and adoption charities. He has a passion for sports including football, rugby and cricket but also regrets never having learned to play a musical instrument as he enjoys musicals and has a very eclectic taste in music.
Leasowes High School
Leasowes High School is an ambitious, hard-working and successful school where traditional values of fairness, discipline and respect underpin a culture of aspiration and high achievement for all. Our core aim is to deliver an elite educational experience to your child which is not elitist. Our motto Aspire and Achieve sums up our hopes for everyone associated with the school and the triple “A” that is evident in these words represents our ultimate destination: to be an outstanding school that is admired by our local community and beyond.
Mr Matthew Mynott, Headteacher
Matthew Mynott has been at Leasowes High School since September 2005, joining as the Assistant Head, before becoming Deputy in 2012. He became Interim Headteacher in April 2017, before taking up the position permanently in November 2017. He began his career as a teacher of Music, teaching in schools in Birmingham and Wolverhampton, as well as securing roles as Head of House, Head of Department and Head of Year. Whilst Matthew was Assistant and Deputy he was the school’s Designated Safeguarding Lead and became a Child Protection trainer across Dudley schools.
As part of his love of music, Matthew is a member of The Salvation Army church, playing trombone in a brass band, singing in a choir as well as teaching junior members of the church how to play a brass instrument. He is also a primary school governor and a member of the Dudley Schools’ Forum and Budget Working Group.
Pedmore High School
The most important part of any school is the quality of relationships. Above all, Pedmore is a happy school with a supportive and welcoming environment for all students. As a result young people grow in confidence and are able to participate in the wide range of opportunities available to them. We encourage our students to follow their interests, develop new skills and most importantly, fully enjoy all aspects of school life.
Mr Gareth Lloyd, Headteacher
Gareth has been Headteacher at The Pedmore High School since January 2013, when it was known as Pedmore Technology College and Community School. Prior to this he had been Deputy Head at a secondary school in Aston, Birmingham.
Gareth completed his degree in English Literature at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and worked in a variety of roles, including managing restaurants, working in the Civil Service and running his own Landscape Gardening company. Having completed his PGCE in Brighton, Gareth began his teaching career in West Sussex before relocating to the West Midlands.
His passion is in enabling students from all backgrounds to succeed; to raise their aspirations; and to provide them with opportunities that other young people take for granted. For this reason, Gareth has always worked in schools that are often described as being ‘in challenging areas’. His previous roles have included; Head of Year, Head of English, Special Educational Needs Coordinator and Head of Sixth Form. He currently sits on the Dudley Fair Access Panel.
He is the proud father of 2 children and has a passion for most sports, though mostly as a spectator these days. Born and bred in Llanelli, Gareth is a proud supporter of Scarlets RFC and is a member of various sports clubs in the Birmingham area.
Ounsdale High School
At Ounsdale High School students are at the centre of everything that we do and we aim to give them the self belief to achieve even more than they think is possible. We encourage our students to be ambitious, innovative and empowered young people who are happy and successful and take full advantage of opportunities to shine.
Dr Gemma Smith, Headteacher
Dr Gemma Smith grew up in Gornal and is a strong advocate for this area of the Midlands. Gemma completed her first degree at Cambridge, where she developed a passion for DNA and the control of gene expression. She pursued this interest through the completion of a PhD in gene expression working for Cancer Research UK in London. Presenting her work to Cancer Research shop volunteers confirmed her interest in a career teaching and explaining Science.
Gemma has taught at Walsall Academy, Colton Hills and Sandwell Academy, and joins Ounsdale High School in 2018. She is determined that young people in comprehensive schools fully understand and grasp the opportunities available to them.
Following broken bones on the ski slopes Gemma now enjoys less hazardous pursuits such as reading and walking.