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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Changes to Online Payment Processing affecting Tucasi Schools Cash Office

What is happening?
Please be advised that from 30 April 2018 any users of Microsoft Windows XP or Microsoft Vista will no longer be able to make payments via the Tucasi Online Payments System (SCOpay). Unfortunately, users of these operating systems may have to upgrade their systems to be able to make online payments from 30 April 2018.

Why is this happening?
This change is being enforced by the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). From the 30 June 2018 all websites that accept card payments will no longer allow users of Windows XP and Windows Vista to use their websites. WorldPay are implementing this change on 30 April 2018.

What is the impact?
While you will be able to access Tucasi SCO, view the content and perform many tasks in the normal way, if you attempt to make a payment online you will receive an error message.

Please be aware this is outside of Outwood Academy Shafton’s control. We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause, however we will be unable to assist with making payments online using Windows XP & Vista following 30 April 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 Well-Being

We are pleased to offer a well-being enrichment programme for students this term; please feel free to pop along and speak to staff members leading the sessions. A great way for you to unwind at the end of the academy 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

National “Thank A Teacher Day”, Friday 22 June, 2018

The Pearson Teaching Awards are an annual celebration of exceptional teachers, created to recognise the life-changing impact that an inspirational teacher can have on the lives of the young people that they teach; 2018 marks the 20th anniversary year of the awards. On Friday, Pearson will announce the Silver winners of the prestigious Awards. With our own Charlotte Grace nominated, this week promises to be an exciting week at Outwood Academy Shafton as National Thank a Teacher day is celebrated with a week of events around the academy. Students will be nominating and thanking teachers by completing apple tags which will hang proudly on our Random Acts of Kindness Tree. At the same time, senior leaders will be recognising the work of staff who have gone well above and beyond the call of duty to make sure that our students’ lives are enriched in so many ways. On Tuesday, it will be my privilege and honour to travel to Sheffield Hallam University to present a keynote speech to next year’s secondary trainee teachers. As I was once a student-teacher at this university myself, it gives me so much hope and excitement to meet and share ideas with future teachers who will go on placement next term in schools across the South Yorkshire region. Finally, in a special ceremony on the big day itself, we will celebrate the work of for of our staff who are leaving us this summer. Between them, they have contributed over 100 years of service to our incredible community. Many of us have teachers who have helped to shape our lives in one way or another. I know that our community will get behind us in recognising the importance of the teaching profession and the lifetime commitment to improving lives that so many teachers make.

It is always with a tinge of sadness but a bucket of excitement for the future that we say a “farewell” to our Year 11 cohort, who have now completed their final examinations. They have surpassed all our expectations and worked with absolute determination to “do well” for themselves. We look forward to sharing their successes on Results’ Day in August and we wish them well in all of their future endeavours. We hope that they will stay in touch and share their success stories with us, inspiring our younger students. Dream big and adventure far guys! There were lots of tears on Friday as you left us but as one door closes, many more doors to your future open. In the words of C.S. Lewis: “There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind”.

Finally for this week, our Art department fly off on Friday for the weekend in Barcelona. You are in for a real treat! We cannot wait to see your photographs and hear about your travels. We hope that you are inspired in your own work by the things you see and experience.

Thank you to the many teachers, past and present, as a child once and now those who are colleagues. You make me proud to be an educator, you were born to transform lives.

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