Elliott Hudson College


Name Elliott Hudson College
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 07 March 2018
Address The White Rose Office Park, Millshaw Park Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 0LT
Phone Number 01133239777
Type Academy
Age Range 16-19
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 864 (41% boys 59% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 17.2
Academy Sponsor The Gorse Academies Trust
Percentage English is Not First Language 11%

Information about the provider

Elliott Hudson College opened in 2015. It is part of The Gorse Academies Trust and was established to provide academic 16 to 19 study programmes for the young people of south west Leeds. In the previous academic year, the college operated from two sites, with Year 12 at one site and Year 13 at the other. All students moved into the new building at the White Rose Business Park in September 2017. Leeds has an unemployment rate that is higher than the national average, and hourly pay is below the national average. The proportion of residents educated to level 3 is higher than that seen nationally but the proportion educated to levels 1, 2 and 4 is lower than the national average. Leeds contains 14 of the 162 most highly deprived neighbourhoods in England.

Summary of key findings

This is an outstanding provider Leaders have successfully realised their vision to create an academic sixth form that provides high-quality education and transforms young people’s lives. Leaders are relentlessly self-critical, set high standards for their staff and lead by example in their own teaching practice. Students make outstanding progress from their starting points; those from disadvantaged backgrounds make exceptional progress. Students flourish in the purposeful and studious college environment. They display extremely good study habits and enjoy their learning. Students respond very well to teachers’ very high expectations, and the vast majority meet their challenging targets. Students benefit from high-quality careers advice and guidance, and are extremely well prepared for their next steps. A high proportion progress to higher education. Teachers have extensive subject knowledge and assessment expertise which they use exceptionally well to prepare students very effectively for their A-level examinations. Teaching across all subjects is of a consistently high standard; teachers plan and execute their lessons carefully and meet the needs of individual students very effectively. Managers have designed study programmes that develop students’ self-confidence and aspirations exceptionally well. All students achieve qualifications in addition to their A levels to extend their wider skills. Managers do not provide work placements early enough on the 16 to 19 study programme for students who would benefit from external work experience.