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.

May Bank Holiday 2020

There has been a change to the early May Bank Holiday in 2020, this will now take place on Friday 8 May 2020 to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day.

"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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Transition Information

Please find below some important information about your child’s transition to Outwood Academy Shafton. The aim of this transition visit is to calm any concerns/fears you and your child may have about the move from primary school. It will also introduce them to the site, enable them to get a feel for what it will be like in September and to introduce them to Academy staff and other students.

  • Monday 1st July 8.25-2.30: We will welcome students from Brierley CE Primary, Birkwood Primary, Burton Road Primary, Carlton Primary, Athersley South Primary and Heather Garth Primary
  • Tuesday 2nd July 8.25-2.30: We will welcome students from Milefield Primary, Grimethorpe Ladywood, St Helens, Upperwood, The Mill, Hunningly Primary, Holy Rood, Sandhill Primary, The Ellis CE Primary, Outwood Primary Darfield, Keresforth Primary and Laithes Primary
  • Wednesday 3rd July 8.25-2.30: We will welcome students from Cudworth Churchfield and Primary Cherrydale
  • Thursday 4th July 8.25-2.30: We will welcome students from Outwood Primary Academy Littleworth Grange and Shafton Primary Academy

Additional Information


Your child should wear the normal uniform that they wear for their primary school. For September they will have received a free uniform. You will receive more information about this soon.

On the Day

Students should enter via Main Reception. They can enter the building from 8am and should be in the building no later than 8:15am. Students will be shown where to go upon arrival.


Your child will need to come to school and return home via the method of transport they will be using in September. Or, you may wish to arrange alternative transport.


We will provide your child with a free meal at lunchtime on their visit.

Break, snacks and water

Please send your child to school with any snacks they may want during break time, they will be provided with a drink. Water fountains are also available in school to refill bottles. Please note that fizzy drinks and energy drinks are not allowed on the site.


Students will participate in normal academy lessons. They will not require PE kit.

Uniform Measuring

There are two opportunities for uniform measurements for your child’s free uniform pack

  • Tuesday 2nd July 2.30-5.30
  • Wednesday 3rd July 2.30-5.30

Please come to main reception. You can also use this opportunity to order any additional uniform items that you may need.

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

Our Student Voice President for 2018/19 is Sophie Lee. Sophie is currently in Year 10 and is a fantastic role model to other students within the Academy. She worked hard to campaign for student votes and is keen to show students how seriously she is taking the role.

‘I would like to thank everyone who supported me during my campaign. I’m extremely appreciative to everyone who voted for me and I won’t let you down.’

Sophie will work closely with other student voice groups including the Charity Committee, VMG Representatives and her Vice Presidents, Ebony Holland and Alfie Booker. Sophie, Ebony and Alfie form the Student Voice Leadership team and their roles are focused in each one of the Deeps. Sophie is working with the Deep Leadership team, Ebony is working within Deep Support and Alfie is working within the Deep Experience team. We are very excited to see them progress in their roles.

For 2018/19 Student Voice has a number of groups that encourage students to become involved within the Academy:

  • VMG Representatives
  • Peer Mentoring
  • Charity Committee
  • Y7/8 Ambassadors
  • Events team

Each term the SV Leadership team will meet with VMG Representatives to listen to student voice and ensure students feel their voice is heard within the Academy. We are keen to develop links with our community through our Charity Committee. So far this year we have raised a total of over £1500 for a variety of local and national charities. We are also keen to increase the number of Ambassadors we have in Year 7 and 8. These students are excited to show their support for anti bullying campaigns and also keen to raise awareness of looking after our environment.

So far it is another successful year for Student Voice and we are excited for what we have planned in the Spring and Summer term!

Outwood Brass

It has been an extremely exciting year so far for the Music Department of Outwood Academy Shafton.

September saw the beginning of two new ensembles showcasing the beautiful sounds of the brass and woodwind family and talent of our students. Outwood Academy Brass and Outwood Academy Woodwind are bringing back to life the more traditional sounds of music in danger of being forgotten in secondary schools. These two wonderful ensembles have been rehearsing every week, showing dedication to rehearsal and practicing at home, resulting in their fantastic sound improving week on week.

November saw each ensemble’s first public appearance at our annual Remembrance Day service, performing in front of the whole school, parents and local dignitaries with a tremendous amount of talent, professionalism and bravery, performing in front of over a thousand people at their first concert, making everyone across the academy extremely proud (and a little emotional). This was also our extremely talented cornet player, Elizabeth Iacobescu’s first solo appearance, playing the ‘Last Post’ to mark the beginning of the minute silence.

Our Christmas Concert was also an event to be proud of, with our Choir singing some beautiful songs and the first collaboration between the Brass and Wind ensembles, of which there will be more in future, watch this space!

As Miss Wragg wrote this, she was proudly sat on a coach with students and parents on the return journey from the National Youth Brass Band Competitions in Warwick where Outwood Academy Brass won the third place trophy and Elizabeth bringing home the trophy for best soloist – an absolutely amazing achievement for our first ever national competition!!

We are so proud of our musician’s achievements this year and extremely excited for the future of the various ensembles that we have running during enrichment. What an amazing year so far. With so many more students joining every week and events to come this year……Barnsley Vocal Festival, Outwood Academy Shafton Summer Spectacular and many more, and that’s just this year! The next few months are going to be an amazing adventure. I would love for anyone with a love of music to come along to a group and join in, we would love to see you!!!

Recommended Reading for Year 7 and Year 8 Students

The reading list below is for students in Year 7 and Year 8 and is tailored to content that they will potentially cover across a range of subject over the summer term. Reading these recommended books will also help students to further develop their literacy skills and give them a deeper knowledge and understanding of their subjects.

Future First: Shafton Alumni


Are you a past student of Outwood Academy Shafton, or did you attend Shafton ALC, Willowgarth or Priory School & Sports College? We would love to hear what you are up to. We are in the process of setting up a student alumni. Please get the message out and share our link to build our growing family. We can keep you up to date of any reunions and events you may be interested in. It’s always fantastic to hear the successes of our past students and provide you with the opportunity to come back and inspire our current students. Please click on Future First

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Letters to Parents

Principal's Blog

Although this is the shortest half-term of the academic year, it is always one of our very busiest. Year 11 and Year 10 begin their exams (they have certainly done themselves and us all proud so far!) and we strive to ensure that the academy is fully staffed with subject specialist teachers for the new academic year. Our growing student population (we are now full in Y7, Y8 and Y9 next year) certainly makes this a challenge but it also gives us an opportunity to welcome new staff to the academy who will strengthen our existing faculties and departments and the quality of education we offer. It has been a real delight to meet colleagues who are both new to the profession and some looking for a new challenge . Without exception, they have been impressed to see our students’ brilliant attitude to academy life and their ever-increasing independence and autonomy in their own learning. We received some excellent feedback from teachers who have visited us throughout the past few weeks. We are pleased to be fully staffed, once again, for September, having made some excellent appointments. We look forward, with excitement, to the new ideas and pedagogical approaches that new colleagues bring to our team. We will welcome all our new colleagues to our phenomenal Prom Breakfast as we say “goodbye” (not ready for that yet!) to the most amazing group of Y11s. Our community is once again invited to join us for this special event on Thursday 27 June.

Whilst many schools and academies appear to be experiencing a decline in the Arts, it makes me very proud to share that this is an area of the curriculum at Outwood Academy Shafton that is really going from strength to strength. Recent weeks have seen our world-class concert band, Outwood Brass, taking third place in their inaugural performance at the Brass Band Nationals with one of our Year 7 students winning first place in the soloist category. This talented group also played alongside the world-famous Grimethorpe Colliery Band at the Mayor’s request and will perform, later in the term, as the showcase performance at the OGAT annual conference at the Principal Hotel in York. We are excited to let you know that they have also been shortlisted as finalists in the Barnsley Young Champion Awards in the category of Young Entertainment Team of the Year. Miss Wragg, as busy as ever, has also strengthened the choir and woodwind sections with more students than ever taking instrumental lessons at the academy. Our fabulous BTEC Musicians both produced and performed two brilliant nights to full-houses of their friends and family and their progress, talent and confidence absolutely shone. I was moved by their resilience, creativity and their commitment and support to each other. Truly exceptional! Mrs Bailey joined us as Teacher of Art in January this year and, as a 3D specialist, has quite literally brought another dimension to the art department. It is brilliant to see the new ceramics aspect of our art curriculum come to life, showcased in our main reception area. We look forward to seeing this area develop further over the coming year. GCSE Photography has been a great addition to the suite of qualifications we have offer and has really pushed and challenged some of our students who have a background already in art or media. I have been blown away by the quality of work they have produced and I am excited to see the course continue. Finally, we wish our Art department and GCSE students a fantastic trip to Barcelona next month!

I am humbled to tell you about the work that some of our magnificent Student Voice have been doing behind the scenes to make a real and significant difference for their fellow students, and indeed for students right across our Trust. Harry West, from Year 10 (also proudly shortlisted in the Young Champion awards) has played a pivotal role in writing a policy for our Trust to support students in our care who take on the role of young carers. Together with our Executive Team and the Barnados Charity, we feel this policy will raise the profile of students and clearly detail the level of additional support that they rightly deserve. A group of girls in Y8 and Y10 have been working to raise the profile of issues surrounding self-harm in young people. The level of care and thoughtfulness they have shown is outstanding. Meanwhile, our PLC students have now hosted a number of coffee mornings to raise money for charities of their choosing. It is fantastic to see the confidence these young people have shown in welcoming staff and the community to these events and we hope we can make these an even bigger occasion in the future.

I cannot conclude without referring back to our Year 11 legends! Although there are just days left until we say goodbye to yet another cohort of magnificent young people, I cannot be sad! As a year group they continually astound me with their sheer grit and determination. They have been outstanding role models to our younger students and given them a lot to live up to and to look up to. I am both proud and privileged that Outwood Academy Shafton has been a chapter in your stories and I hope that you dream big, adventure far and fulfil every ounce of potential you have. You always have a home here!

Finally, if you have not yet had a chance to look at our brand new publication “Outlook” please find a copy here on our website or in our visitor reception. You will see we have much to celebrate and praise our students for.

Outlook Magazine

Latest News

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    We are absolutely delighted to share that we now have even more AR Word Millionaires! Congratulations to Kaden, Rebecca, Zain, Blake and Kate - huge well done to all of you!


  • AR Star!

    Lucy is our new AR Star! Lucy has passed 25 quizzes so far this year and almost half of them at 100%! Keep up the good reading Lucy, we are really proud of you!


  • Eco Warriors!

    Huge thanks to our Eco Warriors who have been litter picking in the community today! Great community spirit and environmental awareness shown by every student.


  • Barnsley College Easter Drop-In

    Y11 students why not pop into Barnsley College for advice and guidance on Post 16 opportunities between Monday 15 and Friday 26 April.


  • Eco Warriors!

    We are so delighted that our Student Voice now have a team of dedicated Eco Warriors looking at different ways for us to be more environmentally friendly.


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