Outwood Academy Shafton is absolutely thrilled to announce that, after our recent Ofsted inspection, the academy has been judged to be "Good" in every category, with Overall Effectiveness also judged to be "Good". This is a huge accolade for the academy and the community it serves and rightly recognises the transformation in outcomes for young people over the 3 years since joining Outwood Grange Academies Trust.
As the new academic year starts we welcome our new Student Voice President, Gabby Mann.
Gabby is currently in Year 10 and her campaign focused on developing enrichment opportunities within the Academy and the community. Gabby also is keen to develop a student led ambassador team and healthy eating in school, working alongside her leadership team, VMG Representatives and students.
Joining Gabby on the leadership team are Megan Abbott (Y10), Paige Scaife (Y8) and Sean Connelly (Y8). All three students campaigned alongside Gabby and should be incredibly proud of their achievements. They have been awarded the role of Vice President within the Academy and will develop their position within the Deeps.
The leadership team will also aim to encourage student involvement in Student Voice teams. This will include Peer Mentoring, Charity Committee, Anti Bullying Ambassadors, Teaching and Learning Ambassadors and Reading Mentors.
Gabby would like to thank all students, staff and distinguished guests who were involved in the presidency campaign. She is looking forward to her role as Student Voice President during 2017/18 to ensure all students have the best experience at Outwood Academy Shafton.
My name is Gabrielle Mann and I am your Student Voice President. I am in Year 10 and work alongside my Vice Presidents, Megan Abbott (Deep Experience), Sean Connelly (Deep Learning) and Paige Scaife (Deep Support).
I am a hardworking student, a role model to others within the Academy and have always helped others to achieve their potential. I have been a ‘Made in Barnsley’ Ambassador focusing on life skills and future opportunities. My favourite subjects are Maths and Geography. My favourite subjects are Maths and Geography.
I would like to focus my presidency year on Anti Bullying within the Academy, developing the role of Student Ambassadors, healthy eating and enrichment activities.
I am very proud to be your Student Voice President and I am excited to make your voices heard at Outwood Academy Shafton!
Your Passport to Prom
The prom is always an exciting event to celebrate the time you have spent at Outwood Academy Shafton. It will be a night to remember and we would love to see every Year 11 student there. To receive your prom invite you need to:
During Anti Bullying week 2017 our students took part in a variety of activities during assembly and VMG time reminding them what bullying is, how to report bullying and where to seek extra support and advice both in our academy and outside. Along with staff, student wore blue ribbons to show their collective support against bullying. They also amazed us with their insightful and thoughtful comments on our anti bullying wall, which sits in our atrium as a reminder of our commitment to this. Next term our anti bullying ambassadors will be working to find new ways to provide peer support to students who need it and also raise funds so that further work can be undertaken.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze award is being completed by 42 students this year. This involves them completing a Volunteering, Skills and Physical section which range from helping out in after-Academy clubs, peer mentoring, cooking and many more activities. Their expedition will be completed in Spring/Summer 2018, when they will take part in a practise and qualifying expedition to complete their awards!
Our next cohort are being recruited before Christmas to continue the award with future year groups. Watch this space!
Students from Outwood Academy Shafton have been working hard all year in Science club, and many have been awarded Discovery CREST awards from the British Science Association for their project work so far. These students were then given the opportunity to complete independent projects to work towards a Bronze-level award, a well regarded, high quality and tangible recognition of success. After visiting the Big Bang Fair in March this year (a fair designed to inspire students and promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) careers), the Science Club decided to take students to the Big Bang Near Me Fair with these projects to give them the experience of showcasing their work. Five projects in total were entered by Outwood Academy Shafton and different awards were available to the students depending on the area of their research.
During the non-presenting sections of the day our students got hands on with all the activities, such as virtual welding, flight simulations, laser engraving, and handling snakes and tarantulas! Lewis Evans-Blakelock, Year 8, won an Engine Build Challenge and received a certificate for assembling a Rolls Royce turbofan engine!
Thousands of people visited the Big Bang Near Me event and our students presented their work throughout the whole day to students from Primary and Secondary schools from the Yorkshire and Humber region. They were also formally judged by a panel for a variety of awards such as the best projects for the various disciplines. They were judged against all sizes of groups and all years, including 6th form students.
Thomas Smith, Year 7, presented his work “Which type of milk should we send to third world countries for aid?”. Jonah Rose, Year 7, presented “Can we extinguish a house fire with ice cream?”.
Charlie Steeples’, Year 7, project “Making energy clean and sustainable” won the Best Science Project Award against all other competitors.
Oliver Copeland’s, Year 7, very impressive presentation of “Can kindness increase recall?” won him the Ace Communicator Award.
The team behind “Is sugar addictive?” Jack Alexander, Bradley Green, both Year 7, and Blake Mawson-Burren, Year 8, won themselves the Best Teamwork Award. Two of our students even managed to progress to the national finals to represent the Yorkshire and Humber region at The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair in March 2018 at the Birmingham NEC, and will be showcasing their work at the same event that we attended as visitors this year!
The students who presented and those that supported on the day should be incredibly proud of their outstanding achievements, as we most definitely are! An absolute credit to their families and to our Academy.
We look forward to welcoming Year 11 students and their parents on Tuesday evening, 6th February, to hear about ways to offer support over the remaining weeks and to collect mock examination results. It was brilliant to see more than 110 Year 11 students in after-academy maths enrichment, fondly known as "Monday Maths", this week. We are making the most of every single second with our Year 11 during the time that they have left with us. Enrichment is available each evening, except Tuesdays when we offer independent study opportunities. Remember that, by now, you should be completing at least 1-2 hours of revision each evening and at weekends. Success belongs to those who are willing to work harder than anyone else.
Last week's assemblies saw the launch of our Academy Scholars programme with applications invited for students with a gift and passion for humanities, science and technology and the Arts. Staff across the departments are planning a knowledge-rich programme for successful students with a focus, also, on exposure to careers and HE encounters in the various disciplines. As you might imagine, we have been inundated with applications from students. Details of interviews will follow shortly. Assemblies in the coming week will give students and staff a sneeky peek at our plans for World Book Day next month. How exciting!
Tuesday 6 February marks the 100 anniversary of the suffragette movement (the Representation of the People Act, 1918). We are proud of the ethos of equal opportunities at our academy and we will be celebrating this week with a special programme in our Vertical Mentor Groups.
The academy breaks up for the half-term break at 2:30pm (3:30 for enrichment) on Friday 12 February. As well as wishing you all a wonderful break, we wish our ski trip Bon Voyage. We can't wait to see the pictures of these students enjoying the holiday of a lifetime and progressing on the slopes.
Absolutely delighted to report that we have our very first word millionaire of 2018; Year 7 student Millie Goodliffe. Millie has read a total of 1,532,680 words, phenomenal!! You inspire us all to pick up a book Millie!
Year 9 student, Courtney Coles, won last week's competition with the very cleverly worded:'There is a definite possibility of me winning the prestigious title of the WoW winner by using this sentence.' Well done Courtney!
Fabulous close up mixed media work in Art from Year 10 student Maisie Jowitt. A brilliant piece of work Maisie, well done!
There are 5 spaces left for the 2019 Ski Trip to Austria. The trip takes place over February half term and is open to all current Y7 - Y10 students. Year 6 students making the transition to Outwood Academy Shafton September 2018 may be considered.
Barnsley College are hosting an Open Day on Thursday 1 February 2018, 6 - 8pm. A great opportunity for students to see what Post 16 opportunities are available.
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