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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

Welcome back to another exciting half-term at Outwood Academy Shafton.

We have some big events coming up over the next few weeks that I would like to take this opportunity to tell you about.

Tuesday 7 November is our first Parents' Evening of the academic year. Appointments are available, by request, with all teaching members of staff. Please contact the academy at your earliest convenience if you require any support with making appointments. In line with our recent Praising Stars(c) reports, this week's assemblies will celebrate some of the biggest successes and improvements by students over the course of the first Praising Stars(c) cycle of the academic year. We look forward to sharing their stories with you over the coming days.

On Friday of this week, 10th November, we will be holding our annual Service of Remembrance. Staff and students will play The Last Post whilst poppy wreaths from our VMGs are laid as a symbol of respect. The service will begin at 11.15am and we do have a limited number of tickets for members of the public wanting to attend. Please phone or call in to Main Reception if you would like to join us for this event. Classrooms across the academy will observe a two minutes silence as part of the service. We encourage all our students to wear their poppies with pride and poppies will be on sale all week.

Unbelievably, it will soon be time to put up the Christmas Tree again! We hope to build upon the absolutely incredible success that the academy had last year as a donation point for Cash for Kids Hallam FM: Mission Christmas. Last year we collected over 800 brand new gifts and toys and we hope to go even bigger this year. It was just brilliant to watch the faces of our own students as the pile under the tree in the atrium grew and grew each day. As a community, we should all be exceptionally proud of the support we give to this very worthy cause which supports local children and families in the South Yorkshire area.

We are always thrilled to see how many parents and carers share success stories relating to activities and talents that our students have outside the academy. We have some incredibly talented actors, actresses, musicians, athletes and sports people. It is brilliant to hear about their participation in local, national and regional events. I was hugely privileged to be invited, last month, to the centenary celebrations of the Grimethorpe Colliery Band. Wow! What an amazing evening of talent and entertainment. Special congratulations to the brass ensemble from Birkwood Primary School, with two of our own Year 7 students also taking part. You blew the roof off! It was also an incredibly proud moment to see one of our own Year 11 students, Brandon Ward, playing with the world renowned adult band for the first time ever. This young man is destined for great things! It is in this spirit that I would always encourage families to get in touch via social media, email or in person, to let us know about our students' successes outside of the academy so that we can celebrate and share their stories.

Have a great week everyone!


Latest News

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    Our Accelerated Reader Star of the Week is Mason Cottrell; Mason is determined to do well this year and has already read 363,975 words. Well done Mason!


  • Remembrance Service Friday 10 November

    Parents are invited to join us in remembering our fallen service personnel at our Remembrance Service on Friday 10 November at 11:15am. Tickets are available from Reception or can be reserved by e-mailing s.phillips@shafton.outwood.com


  • AR Star!

    Abbie Ralphs, Year 8, is our latest Accelerated Reader Star; Abbie has taken and passed 7 quizzes and has read a total of 21,200 words. Fantastic effort Abbie!


  • Word of the Week Winner!

    Congratulations to Luke, Tom and Harrison who won Word of the Week last week with the following sentence: 'Education is fundamental to development and growth.' Well done!


  • Student Voice President Election

    Students and staff will elect the new Student Voice President on Friday 13 October; we are very excited! We are expecting some very special guests to speak with our candidates!


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