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Welcome to Elliott Hudson College


On behalf of everyone connected to The GORSE Academies Trust I should like to take the opportunity to welcome you to Elliott Hudson College. The establishment of the college is one of the most exciting developments that we have seen within the Trust in recent years

.We were amazed to have so many students choose to join us in our first three years of operation and we know that there has been even more interest for the year to come. In developing the concept of Elliott Hudson College, we were determined to ensure that we established an institution which would challenge the status quo across the city region. The college is unashamedly academic and is, we believe, playing a significant part in raising standards of achievement for 16 to 18 year olds - and in ensuring that young people from our city, including those from areas of significant deprivation, secure qualifications which unlock the doors of the best universities and employers in the world.

Sir John Townsley

Executive Principal

Welcome to Elliott Hudson College. I hope that our prospectus gives you a flavour of what our community is like, but to get a true feel for the college I urge you to come and visit us. You can either attend one of our open events or make an appointment to see the college during a typical working day. I know that you will be impressed.

Despite significant national changes to A Level examinations I am delighted that our first set of results were truly outstanding and demonstrate that the progress of students at the college is exceptional. We simply believe that with hard work, a supportive culture and great teaching, all students can succeed. It is those foundations that underpin our college: hard work, supportive culture and great teaching. Together they allow students to achieve academic qualifications which support their progression to world class universities and careers of choice and significance.

At Elliott Hudson College, we understand that there are no shortcuts or easy fixes. We aim to provide the very best academic education possible, in facilities that are second to none - and I hope that you want to join us.

With my best wishes

David G. Holtham


About us

 Our mission is to ensure that young people in the Leeds city region enjoy access to truly inspirational academic post-16 education. We do this by creating a culture that demands and supports excellence. By focusing on pride and quality in all aspects of the student’s work and achievements, we are committed to providing the platform for students to achieve their best, and to progress with confidence to the next stage of their lives. Core Aims.

Culture of Excellence

Putting students first.

 Student success sits at the heart of every decision we take. All colleagues are committed to raising standards for all in our community

Exceedning Expectations.

We recognise that success comes from dedicated academic study rather than talent. We want our students, regardless of their starting point or context, to succeed beyond what they believe they can.

Building Self-belief.

We adopt a no-excuses culture that encourages students to adopt a can-do attitude. Mistakes are encouraged as learning from these mistakes shows what we can achieve if we show belief and determination.

Inspiring Ambition

We believe in all of our students and their ability to achieve the very best in life. We will push our students to aim for the best and make a lasting contribution to our community, daring to achieve beyond what they are today

Celebrating Difference

We embrace, value and celebrate all members of our community. We create a safe and welcoming environment for all

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Elliott Hudson College is committed to supporting its students in achieving their full potential, both in terms of qualifications and their future opportunities. We therefore pledge that we will:

 • Care for students’ safety and happiness

• Support students to achieve their full potential

• Build positive relationships with students to achieve high standards of work and behaviour through a developed sense of responsibility

• Keep students and parents/carers informed about college matters and the progress each student is making

• Be open and welcoming at all times and offer opportunities for all to become involved in the daily life of the college

• Provide opportunities for students to discuss their future with experienced, well-informed, qualified and impartial careers staff

• Keep students and parents/carers up to date with relevant information regarding national changes to the educational landscape


Each student at EHC is placed in an Alliance. The Alliances were named by the first ever EHC students after inspirational figures: Luther King, Earhart, Yousafzai and Hawking. Inspiring students through community spirit lies at the heart of the Alliance System. Each Alliance has a Head of Alliance who is integral to day-to-day college life, and will ensure that students are provided with an exciting range of opportunities within the Alliance System. By becoming an active member of their Alliance students will find that they make new friends, enjoy college to the full, and gain skills that are imperative for their future career aspirations.

The Student Alliance Body will also be critical in supporting ‘Alliance events’. These encompass a range of academic and sporting challenges designed to seek out and reward the Alliance which ultimately demonstrates all-round ability and, most importantly, outstanding participation and team-work. An Alliance assembly will be held each week where students will have the opportunity to engage in discussions and learn more about the issues that affect young people. Assemblies are also a time to celebrate diversity and learn more about different cultures and faiths.


A student’s time throughout sixth form can be extremely demanding and students need someone to help in supporting, guiding and tracking their progress. At EHC each student has a Personal Progress Tutor. This is a member of staff who is solely dedicated to the pastoral care and wellbeing of students at EHC. They act as the first port of call for both parents/carers and students regarding progress, attainment and behaviour. In addition to monitoring student progress and wellbeing in lessons, the Progress Tutor team analyse student data regularly to assess whether students are on track. They also work very closely with all teaching staff to help provide effective and swift intervention, to get students who need such support back on track.


Dedicated tutors deliver the Post-18 Planning Programme and will closely monitor achievement and attendance. Guidance sessions are held each week for one hour. Tutors will support with all applications for higher education, further training, or employment, helping to create an outstanding personal statement and reference.

The guidance programme aims to ensure that students leave EHC fully prepared for the challenges of life after A Levels. Therefore a focus will be placed on helping to develop students’ knowledge of the wider world, as well as developing skills that are integral to leading a happy and successful life. The list below shows some of the topics that will be included in the guidance programme:

• Study skills – bridging the gap between Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 and how to be an effective post-16 learner

• Revision skills

• Post-18 progression

• UCAS applications – how the process works and writing a competitive personal statement

• Student finance

• Mock interviews and presentations

• Gap year pathways

• Managing your finances and how to live on a budget

• Sexual, mental and physical health

• Celebration of equality and diversity

• Spirituality and faith

• Healthy relationships

• Driver safety

• National Citizenship Service

• Mindfulness and motivation

• Democracy and exploring issues in politics.


EHC is fully committed to ensuring that all students achieve their full potential in a safe and welcoming environment. Promoting equality and celebrating diversity are central to our core values. All of our staff and governors are dedicated to ensuring that equality, diversity and inclusion are fully embedded into all college practices.


Students have a dedicated Student Services desk that is ‘womanned’ at all times. Its role is to support the college in administering attendance, praise, discipline and achievement data, and it is often the first port of call for all students’ and parents’/ carers’ enquiries. Student Services supports all applications for: bus passes; the 16-19 Bursary; jobs and apprenticeships; university entrance via UCAS; and all applications made by students for a place at EHC.


All teaching and support staff at EHC are trained in supporting learners with additional learning needs and we have specialist leaders who have expertise in supporting students with: Autistic Spectrum Disorders, dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD, mobility difficulties, and other learning difficulties.

Please can we ask that any additional needs of students are declared at the start of the course so that the college can fulfil its responsibilities in making any adjustments needed.


EHC recognises that supporting students financially through post-16 education can be difficult for a number of families. We therefore can offer financial support through the 16-19 Bursary scheme to support students with their educational needs. These needs will vary greatly from student to student, but could include some/all of the following: transport, food, educational books and materials, laptops, course-related trips, UCAS applications and Open Day costs, exam re-sit fees, sport activities, and professional membership fees.

Entitlement to the bursary is linked to household income, benefits received, or any form of financial hardship. Full details of the 16-19 Bursary can be found later in the prospectus and on the college website (

Learner success

Exceptional A Level Results

EHC uses a system called Alps to measure the overall performance of students in the college. It measures the progress that students have made from their starting point, which is calculated from the grades they gain at GCSE.

Alps calculates the grades that they would be expected to get at A Level (given their starting point) against the grades they actually achieved. This produces a ‘Quality Indicator’ score for the college. We gained a score of 1.00 in August 2017.

The Alps system then ranks every college in order from the college that achieved the best QI score, down to the college that achieved the worst.

Encouragingly, EHC is in approximately the top 15% of providers, close to an Alps score of 2, which would place the college in the top 10% of providers nationally – a goal the college is aiming towards for August 2018.

How to apply

You can apply for courses at Elliott Hudson College through UCAS Progress. Add courses to your favourites to apply to this provider.

Last updated date: 04 September 2018
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