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Student Voice Leadership Team

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.

A message from our Student Voice President

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!

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

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!

The Big Bang Fair

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.

Principal's Blog

We have reached the end of yet another fantastic term at Outwood Academy Shafton.

My message to you this week must surely begin with a focus on the incredible generosity of the Shafton community, our own students, families and staff in the collecting of gifts for Hallam FM’s Mission Christmas appeal. Those who follow us on Twitter or other social media platforms will no doubt have seen our majestic tree atop an enormous pile of presents which will go to children in South Yorkshire who would otherwise not get a gift this Christmas. The incredible strength of community at our Academy simply never ceases to amaze me. This year we were really proud to be registered as a community drop-off point and, wow, did your generosity overwhelm us. When the Hallam FM van arrived to collect they simply could not believe their eyes. I know that the students were incredibly proud of what they had achieved. A heartfelt thank you to you all!

Praising Stars© 2 reports have now been distributed. I know you will join me in celebrating the effort and achievement of our students. We wrote recently to commend our Year 11 students who are so incredibly focused on their learning and showing brilliant determination to do well for themselves. Students’ revision should now be well underway. We return in January to our two-week mock exam period. This is a massively important assessment period providing teachers and students with a clear understanding of where they are at and how to move forward.

We have an exciting Spring term ahead. Our Ski-trip sets off to the slopes once again in February, we have national finalists in the Big Bang Science show at the NEC and our annual Revision Festival takes place just before the Easter break.

I cannot believe that this is my final blog of 2017- a year which saw record-breaking results once again and some absolutely brilliant stand-out performances both academically as well as in sport and other enrichment areas. It certainly is a year to look back on with great pride. I am so excited for 2018 and the further success that I know it will bring for our students.

Staff and students are now off for a well-earned break. We return to the academy on Monday 8 January 2018 at 8.25am

I wish you all a truly magical Christmas.

Latest News

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  • Ski Trip 2019

    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 Open Day

    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.


  • AR Star!

    Year 7 student, Sarah Mellings is our first Accelerated Reader Star of the Week for 2018. Sarah has read a total of 172,890 words so far; a brilliant achievement Sarah, well done!


  • Word of the Week Winner!

    Our first WoW winner for 2018 is Year 7 student, Ethan Goldbold, who won last week's competition with the following sentence: 'A man's conscience is his own and you can't see it or touch it but you can hear it'. Well done Ethan!


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