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Parental Notice of Ofsted Inspection

Outwood Academy Shafton will inspected by Ofsted on Tuesday 23 January 2018 and Wednesday 24 January 2018. You will find a letter to parents/carers from Ofsted in our Letters to Parents section.

An Invitation for Year 5/6 Parents
You are welcome to visit our Academy at any time, you need make no appointment, a member of staff will be more than happy to show you around our Academy during the school day.

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!

Anti Bullying Week

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.

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

My blog this week surely has to start by congratulating our fantastic Year 11s on the commitment and absolute resilience that they have shown over the last two weeks of GCSE mock examinations. These exams are such an important assessment point; allowing teachers to identify areas of strengths and weakness on an individual student basis and to plan for the learning that needs to happen in the weeks that remain. As I write this blog, there are just 64 academy days left until the first summer exam and every second counts. I will be meeting with all the Year 11 over the coming week to look at their plan for revision and enrichment and thinking about how we will continue to build resilience in this; the final stretch. In the face of some very tough exams with a lot of content to learn, this resilience and preparedness are key.

I was delighted to see some fab additions to our English department's learning environment this week literally "popping-up". Each of the nineteen poems from the WJEC anthology has a specially designed pop-up display board in and around the English area. Stop-by and check out the multi-layered metaphors of Carol-Ann Duffy's Valentine- a definite favourite for this time of year, or be inspired by the sense of duty and irony portrayed in Owen's "Dulce et Decorum Est" or learn about the imagery used Blake's "London". GCSE English Literature students need to know these poems fluently and to the highest possible standard and we hope that this latest interactive display really supports our students in doing this well.

Our favourite week of the half-term approaches with our year group Praising Stars' assemblies. I am proud to report that we have more students than ever before a full-house of E1 grades, demonstrating their commitment to learning right across the curriculum. We are ever-grateful for the brilliant response from our families in attending these assemblies, by invite, and for keeping the awards a secret for us. Myself and Mrs Senior, Vice Principal, look forward to welcoming you.

Attendance remains a key priority for all our students. The link between attendance and achievement is an obvious one but is also backed by multiple research studies. When our young people have good attendance they achieve exceptionally well. Excellent attendance, at 97% and above, is absolutely paramount to your future success.

Finally, we have already made some excellent teaching appointments for September 2018 and we have a small number of vacancies remaining; both for teaching and support staff. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you are interested in any of the vacant positions listed on our website. We will be more than happy to arrange a visit to the academy for you.


Latest News

  • Accelerated Reader Millionaire!

    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!


  • Word of the Week Winner!

    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!


  • Artist of the Week!

    Fabulous close up mixed media work in Art from Year 10 student Maisie Jowitt. A brilliant piece of work Maisie, well done!


  • 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.


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