Meet our Team
Mr A S Griffiths
Chair of Members
Always passionate about making a difference to young people’s lives through education Mr. Andy Griffith’s career in education commenced as History teacher at Hartshill School in Nuneaton, later moving to Pensnett High School, Dudley. Andy moved to Ellowes Hall to accept the role of Deputy Headteacher in 1995. He was appointed Headteacher in 2004. At this time the school’s overall evaluation from Ofsted was satisfactory and GCSE results were 31% of students achieving 5 A*-Cs, among the lowest in the country.
Mr. Griffith’s integrity, determination and visionary aspirations instilled a culture of high standards and team work throughout the staff at Ellowes Hall. Central to this was focusing on each and every child achieving their very best. As a result the GCSE grades continually increased to a record high of 99.5% 5A* - C, trebling A* grades and more than doubling A grades.
This impressive progress was recognised with five consecutive letters (2008-2012) from the Schools Minister for being among the top 100 most improved schools. Ellowes Hall are the only school to receive this many letters.
Ellowes Hall’s most recent Ofsted report (Nov 2012) praised the school with an 'Outstanding' award in all categories. Andy Griffith’s transformational leadership had been appropriately acknowledged in 2015 with the appointment of CEO for the Invictus Trust which incorporated Ellowes hall as the lead school with four other academies: Crestwood, Kinver, Ounsdale, Leasowes.
In 2015 Mr Griffith’s was recognised for his services to education with the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen's birthday honours list.
Andy is a keen follower of motorcycling racing, holding Joey Dunlop in very high regard and is an enthusiastic fan of American Football. Andy also enjoys hill walking and sailing with his wife Lucy, retired Headteacher at Jesson's Primary, and has spent much time at equestrian events supporting their daughter Ruth, now a radio news journalist.