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.


A consultation is open on a proposed reduction in the Published Admission Number (PAN) for Outwood Academy Shafton with effect from September 2021.
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"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

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

Welcome to a brand new school year! And this school year we have welcomed our biggest ever Year 7 cohort with 300 fabulous students joining us from right across the borough and beyond. Our "Good" Ofsted rating in every category, coupled with a year on year improvement in examination results, means that we are now oversubscribed in Year 7 and 8 with places now only available on a waiting list basis. There has been a brilliant "hustle and bustle" on our corridors and atriums as the new Year 7 students settle in to their new learning environment. It is such an exciting time for them! This year we have launched our first ever ACE programme (Academy Conduct and Expectations), the programme is a bespoke suite of lessons aimed at ensuring students are clear on our expectations right from the start of their time with us. And for students who need additional help to reach those expectations, further personalised intervention is also available as part of the programme. To date, this has been a huge success. Year 7 have impressed their teachers and their fabulous Learning Manager, Mrs Sellars, with their commitment to their studies and an obvious desire to learn and progress. This week we will celebrate the ACE programme in a special assembly. A few, very select, students have also been invited to attend our Friday Aspire Lounge because of the absolutely brilliant first impression they have made. Awesome!

2018-19 saw record examinations results once again for Outwood Academy Shafton with more than 60% of students leaving with both Maths and English at Grade 4 and above. More students than ever before also achieved Grade 5 and above in these subjects. There were successes to celebrate right across the curriculum with Media, Music, Performing Arts, Engineering, Art and Photography all performing outstandingly. Students in these subjects, on average, achieve at least one full grade above students nationally which is testament to the exceptional learning that takes place in these departments. No less than 15% (approximately 30 students) left with at least 3 grades at 7 and above and there were some incredible individual stand-out performances with students achieving the elusive Grade 9s in English and the Sciences. The torch now passes to the new Year 11 cohort, already showing the resilience and determination to succeed at the highest levels. This is a year group that will no doubt see results rise again for our community.

2019-20 is a very special year right across Outwood Grange Academies Trust as we celebrate our 10th anniversary as a Trust. I am very proud to say that I have worked for OGAT for every day of those 10 years. I feel privileged to have seen communities, like Outwood Academy Shafton, transformed into places where students can grow and learn as individuals and citizens of the future. The year will be celebrated with a special programme of events which I hope to share with you shortly.

If you have yet to read our brilliant academy Outlook magazine then please visit our website to view our summer term edition. This year we have plans afoot to celebrate, in a one-off special edition, the brilliant achievements of some of our students and families in the things they do outside of the academy. From World Champions to future pilots. You are going to be blown away!

Our annual Open Evening will take place on Tuesday 8th October. We welcome parents from as young as Year 4 and 5 to come along and find out about what we do. Of course, with secondary school applications due shortly, we know that there will be lots of Year 6 families in attendance too. We are proud of our "open door" policy which supports this process. Please turn up anytime of the day to see us in action. A member of staff will be pleased to show you around- no appointment needed.

Finally, it will come as no surprise that this year we have a huge focus on attendance to school. All of the data and evidence shows that if you have attendance at 95% and above, you achieve. To get the whole academy to this target, we will need the support of every family and every student. Secondary Headteachers in Barnsley have agreed that we will never authorise term-time holidays and we would ask that medical appointments etc are kept out of academy hours wherever possible. If your child has an appointment we would request that they attend school before and after the appointment to keep their own attendance up. When it comes to learning, every single minute matters.

With my thanks,

Mrs Ackroyd

Outlook Magazine

Latest News

  • Barnsley College Open Evening

    Barnsley College are hosting an Open Evening on Wednesday 16 October, 4 - 7pm. A great opportunity for Y11 students to visit and look at what is available to them Post 16.


  • Published Admission Number (PAN) consultation

    Consultation on a proposed reduction in the published admission number for Outwood Academy Shafton, Barnsley with effect from September 2021.


  • Year 6 Open Evening

    We are delighted to be opening our doors to Y6/Y5 students and their families on Tuesday 8 October between 4 - 7pm. Please come along and talk to students and staff about the learning opportunities available at Outwood Academy Shafton.


  • AR Millionaires!

    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!


Parent View

Parent View gives you the chance to tell us what you think about your child’s school.

Parent View asks for your opinion on 12 aspects of your child’s school, from the quality of teaching to dealing with poor behaviour. Ofsted will use the information you provide when making decisions about which schools to inspect, and when. By sharing your views, you’ll be helping your child’s school to improve. You will also be able to see what other parents have said about your child’s school.