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 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.
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!
Your Passport to Prom
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:
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.
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!
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.
What a strange two weeks we have had with snow days and traffic chaos. Thank you to all of our community for your support during this time. Decisions of the magnitude to close or open schools are never easy and never taken lightly and your support really meant a lot.
Three days of snow means that we are having to work harder than ever to get our Y11 ready for their upcoming examinations. Their commitment in class never ceases to amaze me but we all know that it is their revision and commitment outside of academy hours that also makes a massive contribution to the final grades that each student gets. Each year, we support this by hosting our annual Revision Festival where each department makes available the highest quality resources for students, completely free of charge, and we talk to families and students about staying well and staying focused during this important time. Students will get a flyer for the event this week and more details to follow.
The Discover US group is a project aimed at supporting students to discover more about what it is like to study at university. They work with university lecturers and current university students to find out as much as they can and perhaps be inspired on their own path. This week saw them visit the University of Sheffield and a great time was had by all.
We were completely overwhelmed by student applications to this year's Scholars Programme aimed at some of our most academically and creatively gifted students. There are a huge number of events planned for this group of young people and their families, not least the Outwood Does Cambridge residential where students will uncover life at one of the world's top universities.
It was national Careers Week this week and careers across the curriculum was a major focus. Thank you to the Armed Forces as well that joined us on Friday lunchtime meeting and talking with students about opportunities for apprenticeships.
Friday was the first day of our Pledges trade-up stall. This will be open every Friday for students to come down and record new Pledges and trade-up their Pledge badges. The stall was, obviously, really popular last week and we look forward to seeing many students there each week.
Like many schools, we had to re-arrange World Book Day because of the snow. This didn't stop Mrs Peasegood and the English team organising a fantastic day with lots of talk about reading and favourite books, book vouchers for all students and, of course, our annual staff fancy dress. The science team looked incredible as the full crew from Peter Pan, Mr Rooke came as a giant yellow chicken and, as ever, Mr Langdon went above and beyond in his role as the infamous Voldemort. The students faces were a picture.
One for the students to finish...On Friday 23rd March we will be supporting Brain Cancer Research "Wear a Hat Day" and offering students the chance to wear a hat and show their support by making a small donation. This is a charity very close to the heart of some students and staff and I am sure you will all get behind us to support.
As I write this, I look out of the window and think that perhaps Spring is finally just about arriving, have a great week everyone!
There is a parents information meeting at 5pm on TUESDAY 20 MARCH. Please ensure that you bring passports and European Health Insurance cards to this meeting. Thank you.
Our Artist of the Week is Emily Greene, Year 9, with a piece themed on African traditions. A stunning piece of work Emily, well done!
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!
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!
Fabulous close up mixed media work in Art from Year 10 student Maisie Jowitt. A brilliant piece of work Maisie, well done!
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