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 a result of the increasingly aspirational culture, pupils are growing in confidence as learners and young people" Ofsted Report February 2018

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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!

Year 11 Prom

Your Passport to Prom

#DoWell #AttendToAchieve

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:

  • Attend 12 after school Monday maths sessions
  • Attend 12 after school English sessions
  • Attend 12 after school science sessions
  • Attend 7 other after school sessions
  • Complete 4 science Question a Days
  • Complete 3 maths holiday packs (its still not too late to complete the one from over Christmas)
  • Attend 3 holiday/weekend intervention sessions
  • Have at least 7 Pledges signed off
  • Attendance (from 8th January) 95% or over

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

It seems impossible that two school terms of this academic year have passed already! As we break up for Easter today it seems a good time to reflect on the term just gone, a real highlight of which was our long-awaited Ofsted visit and the chance to showcase the work and ambition of this incredible community.

Encounters with employers and industry leaders is a key part of driving this ambition for our students forward. We were thrilled to take more students than ever before to Birmingham NEC to the national Big Bang Science show. Of course, we were incredibly proud to see three of our students presenting projects amongst the industry experts. This has been a huge journey for this team of young people who have been the most brilliant ambassadors for our academy, for Barnsley and for the north of England. Equally, it is brilliant to see an exponential growth in the number of female students taking part in our STEM programme. Their interests and enthusiasm for science and maths subjects should be much commended.

It was so good to see this ambition showcased again with a brilliant turnout at last night's Revision Festival for Year 10 and Year 11. This annual event sees department staff really step-up creatively to offer students a huge bank of the highest possible quality revision resources and support. The resources provided are absolutely world-class! We know that the work that students do independently and at home to revise for their exams makes all the difference to the final grade they get. The success of this event each year is testament to how hard our students are working and preparing for their exams and also testament to the brilliant support that our staff offer. Thank you to all our community for getting behind us once again to help our young people #DoWell.

The summer term approaches and it really is my favourite time of year (for one, it's still day light sometimes on the drive to and from work, which always makes you feel like summer is on the way!) We have a term packed with exams, graduations, outward bound residentials, a trip to Barcelona, Duke of Edinburgh expeditions, Prom and Prom breakfast, university visits including Outwood goes to Cambridge and, of course, we begin to welcome our new Year 7 students.

The academy finishes for Easter on Friday 23 March and re-opens to staff and students on Monday 9 April. Our revision programme and support classes run throughout the Easter break and Miss Phillips will publish the timetable on the various social media platforms. I hope that you also enjoy a rest and time together as a family and, of course, that the sun finally begins to shine! Have a wonderful break.


Latest News

  • Artist of the Week

    A huge well done to Grace Palmer, Year 9, for her fantastic piece of work based on cultures/ traditions. What a beautiful piece of work Grace, well done!


  • AR Star!

    This week's Star is Grace Wilson, Year 7. Grace passed 4 out of 4 quizzes and read over 100,000 words last week bringing her total to 344,850 words. Well done Grace, great example of someone who loves to read!


  • AR Star!

    Congratulations to Isabel Atkin, Year 7, our latest AR Star. With a total of 13 out of 13 quiz passes and 745,221 words read to date, we are sure it won't be long before she joins our Millionaire's Club. Well done Isabel!


  • Year 8 Residential

    The dates for the residential have now changed. The visits will no longer be over two weekends, instead they will run Tuesday 10th July to Wednesday 11th July and Wednesday 11th July to Thursday 12th July.


  • International Football Winner!

    Ella Duffield, Y8, represented Shafton & Barnsley school girls during the Easter break in the Youdan International Football Tournament. This was the first time in history a school girls team have represented Barnsley & they won! How fantastic!!!


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