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Student Voice President

The election of our new Student Voice President is an incredibly exciting time for students in the Academy. This year four candidates, Morgan Allison, Casey Heeley, Eve Ford and Megan Abbott put themselves forward to be elected the new Student Voice President.

Over the course of a week the students made it their priority to get their message across via their campaign. All four students opted for different strategies ranging from posters and PowerPoints, to business cards, campaign stickers and visiting VMG assemblies. We even had a performance at the end of the school day by Casey and his team! What a build up to Election Day!

Friday’s Election Day was a fantastic opportunity to showcase the students enthusiasm for the candidates. Voting started at 8am, modelling a traditional polling station, in order to prepare students for the voting process as they leave school. Over 87% of the school voted.. a fantastic turnout, smashing last years percentage!

All four candidates witnessed the formal count of the votes and then enjoyed lunch with local government dignitaries. Many questions were asked and answered and all four candidates should be incredibly proud … they absolutely blew away the guests with their mature and dedicated attitude!

And so it came down to the announcement! Four nervous candidates surrounded by the whole school. Ian Turner, Service Director, Council Governance acted as Returning Officer as we waited in anticipation for the result.

It is with great pleasure to announce that Casey Heeley was voted the new Student Voice President. All four candidates should be incredibly proud of their achievements during the week. Due to their success it was decided that Morgan, Eve and Megan will act as Vice Presidents alongside Casey, forming the new Student Leadership Team.

We cannot wait to see what they get up to over the course of the academic year!

Year 8 Graduation

Our Year 8 Graduations are flagship events of the year. Excitement builds during the weeks in the run-up with the staff and students busy planning and rehearsing behind the scenes to ensure a fantastic experience for all. This year was no exception. The hall, decked in magical purple fairy lights and a wonderful traditional afternoon tea for celebrants. These were my first Graduations as Principal here and it was a very proud week. Our young graduates looked incredible adorned in their caps and gowns! They have done themselves, their families and their Academy very proud. They are an incredibly year group and it was an absolute privilege to welcome each of them onto the stage to receive their scroll and to recommend them as ready to begin their GCSE journeys.

Graduation at Outwood Academy Shafton spans across four days, simply so that we can accommodate the huge volume of ticket requests from our students’ families. Every day was packed full. As an Academy, your support is both appreciated and moving. Thank you to every family that turned out to take part in this celebration. We hope that the day was as magical for you as it was for us.

Special thanks to our honored guests who were able to attend throughout the week: Councillor Steve Houghton MBE, Councillor Joe Haywood, Local Author:Mrs Mel Dyke and Mr Paul Haynes, Principal at Outwood Academy Shafton.

Prom Photographs

Should you wish to order any additional photographs from Prom, you may do so by contacting Miss K Hall at the Academy k.hall@shafton.outwood.com

Outwood Academy Shafton Prospectus

Please click on the link below to access an online copy of our prospectus, should you require a hard copy, please contact Reception.

Year 11 Prom

Our outgoing Year 11 celebrated their five years of secondary education with a very glamorous Prom at the end of June. We would like to take this opportunity to wish our Year 11 leavers all the best for their future; they most certainly have the determination and ability to succeed!

Happy New Year!

Lots of exciting plans for 2017

Welcome back to all our students from what we hope was a fantastic Christmas break. I want to thank our entire community, once again, for the 700+ gifts that were collected to support Mission Christmas. The pictures of our fabulous tree are something that we will treasure with great pride.

We have an extremely busy term ahead. Year 11 students begin their mock examinations on 9 January and the countdown to the summer exams really gets underway. Our annual Revision Festival is planned for Thursday 6 April. This is an absolutely brilliant event and is always exceptionally well attended. In the meantime, revision enrichment is available almost every evening and details of our half-term sessions will follow shortly. With controlled assessment deadlines looming too, attendance remains as crucial as ever. Every minute of every lesson counts!
On Tuesday 10 January we invite Year 8 students and their parents to our Guided Pathways evening where there will be the chance to discuss future curriculum pathways with staff from departments right across the academy. Year 10 students will have a personal appointment made with a member of the Senior Leadership Team to discuss their future Year 11 pathway. Parents and carers will receive details and are invited into the academy to attend the appointments should they wish.

We are excited for our annual Ski-Trip which leaves on Friday 17 February. We have some very talented snowboarders and some students who will be hitting the slopes for the very first time.

The theme in VMG this half term is British Values and there are some really exciting projects taking place that students can get involved in. Make a commitment to achieving lots of new Pledges in 2017! Nine of our students have already achieved all 10 Pledges and 100s more are exceptionally close. It would be great to see that figure rise dramatically this term.

A massive congratulations to the 250+ students (a quarter of our academy!) that have attended every single day since September and therefore have 100% attendance. This is a superb improvement! Attendance is absolutely paramount and there is a clear and proven link between good attendance and excellent exam results.

Here’s to an exciting term ahead. You are extraordinary!

Mrs Ackroyd

Latest News

  • Artist of the Week!

    Congratulations to Leonie Beavers, Y9, our first Artist of the Week in 2017! Leonie's work is beautifully vibrant and is themed on nature, we are looking forward to seeing more of Leonie's artwork. Well done Leonie!


  • Barnsley College Open Evening

    Barnsley College is hosting an Open Evening on Thursday 9 February, 6 - 8pm. This is a great opportunity for Year 11 students to go along at look at Post 16 choices.


  • Word of the Week Winner!

    Congratulations to Emma Ralphs of Italy who won last week's competition with: 'Being British has stereotypes of ‘tea’ and ‘cricket’ but I believe being British means teamwork, freedom and, as shown in the Olympics, success!' Well done Emma!


  • Artist of the Week

    Congratulations to our Artist of the Week, Calum Hopkinson in Year 10. Calum's work is themed on "Close Up" and is brilliant. Well done Calum! We can't wait to see your next piece of work!


  • INSET Day

    A reminder to students and their families that Friday 25 November is an INSET day and the Academy will be closed to students.


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