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.
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The new academic year also marks the start of the new presidency campaign at Outwood Academy Shafton. Our Student Voice President plays an important role in listening to students’ views and ensuring that their voices are heard within the Academy. They work closely within the Deeps and satellite student voice groups, whilst discussing new ideas and events with their leadership team.
Our 2017/18 President, Gabby Mann has been a fantastic role model for future student leaders and it has been a pleasure to see Gabby flourish throughout the year. She has taken her role of working alongside VMG Representatives seriously, listening to opinions and working closely with Student Voice, the Charity Committee, members of staff and members of our wider community.
Over the coming weeks students can apply to be President via a written application and if shortlisted will take part in the very exciting presidential campaign! The campaign culminates in election day where members of our Academy are invited to decide who they would like to be their President.
Who will be our 2018/19 Student Voice President?
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.
Friday 6th July saw pupils from year 7 & 8 arrive at Hogwarts (or at least Harry Potter world). The trip had been organised as an end of year reward for students who had put exceptional perseverance and effort into the Accelerated Reader programme. As the Harry Potter books are amongst the most borrowed resources in the LRC, what better reward could there be than to take them to where a lot of the filming for the movies took place. The trip had to be organised a year before to provide the right incentive for the students. So it’s fair to say that anticipation was high.
That said, the day surpassed everyone’s dreams. There was so much to see and do from learning how to use a wand to flying on a broom.Pupils saw the Great Hall, the potions, the Forbidden Forest, the giant spiders, and flying car amongst other treats. When the moment arrived for the screen to go up, revealing the huge entrance doors to the Great Hall, there were gasps of awe and excitement. The doors opened up, revealing long tables complete with crockery and cutlery and surrounded by knights in shining armour and masses of props that had been used in the movies. Throughout the tour pupils got to see many of the original costumes and props from the films, were shown how special effects and animatronics were used and got the chance to fly over Hogwarts on a broomstick before finally seeing a scaled down model of Hogwarts and visiting the gift shop.
The students loved the whole experience. From riding the broomsticks and walking through the Forbidden Forest, to visiting Privet Drive and sitting in Mr Weasley’s car. Pupils exemplary behaviour and good manners were commented on by members of the public and they certainly outshone all the other students on the tour. Mrs Carrie had a special notebook bought for the event where students have written comments about the day. Ms Fletcher commented that “It was magical from start to finish with so many highlights. The students were a credit to themselves and the academy. Expressing thanks to staff, showing appreciation and being pleasant, polite and helpful to members of the public. Ms Carrie struggled to find a highlight from a day so full of them, commenting “There were far too many to choose from but the look on the look of amazement on the students’ faces when the huge doors opened up to revealing the Great Hall was magical.
A few students were moved to tears when we walked into the room with the model of Hogwarts castle”. Mrs Peasegood’s highlight was the dedication of the trip’s organisers. She told me. “Yesterday I became aware just how far above and beyond some of our staff go for our students. I was blown away by how much effort Mrs Carrie, Mrs Fletcher and Ms Capps had all made to make the Harry Potter trip magical for our students. Between them they had made up over 60 sandwiches for the coach journey home in case the students had forgotten to bring enough food for their tea as well as lunch. They had also bought boxes of crisps and crates of water…all with their own money and time”. What an amazing experience. As one of the students wrote ‘the books may be fiction but the magic is real".
It is always such a delight to welcome back our students in a September. For those of us in the world of education, September carries the same powerful momentum as a January new year. Resolutions are made, steeped in determination to be the very best version of yourself; students and teachers alike.
This week, as well as almost 300 Year 7, we welcome 15 new teachers to our academy. Investing in their development will be a key priority for the academy. We are thrilled that these colleagues have chosen to work at Outwood Academy Shafton. Tuesday’s CPD this week saw the re-integration of our classroom Wild Cards whereby staff are challenged to take risks in their classrooms and share best practice ideas across the academy. I look forward to watching this in practice over the coming weeks.
We always take the time to thank our families for the efforts gone to to ensure that our students return to the academy looking exceptionally smart and upholding the particulars of our uniform policy. The students looked absolutely amazing! We appreciate that this was made difficult, in part, this year due to stock issues with Trutex. My thanks for your patience and to a number of our support staff who have gone well above and beyond to try and help as many families as they can.
There have been a number of assemblies this week with individual year groups. Y7 and Y11 have impressed in equal measure this week, showing hard work and determination and absolutely demonstrating commitment to the key message from our assemblies: success belongs to those who are willing to work harder than anyone else. Let’s keep up this focus and fantastic attitude.
Year 11 enrichment begins in earnest this week. We have tried to ensure that our families have all the information needed. It is an academy expectation that Y11 are with us working until 3.30pm each day. This is a year group with a great deal of potential to achieve great things for themselves. We are excited to see the great start that they have made continue as we move forward.
You may have seen on social media that we have been updating our classroom environments to make them the very best possible learning spaces. I cannot thank our brilliant site team enough for their tireless work over the summer and I extend this thanks to all of our teachers who are working hard to make our classrooms engaging and interesting environments in which to learn.
Looking forward with excitement to to the week ahead
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 use the link below to connect with us. Remember, spread the word!
Well done to Fraya, our AR Star of the Week. Fraya has passed all 6 of the quizzes she has taken so far and has read over 125,000 words. Well done Fraya, keep up the great work!
There are lots of open days/evenings coming with Post 16 providers - parents and students why not pop along and see what is on offer.
The Y11 science mock exams will be on the following dates: Biology 19/9,Chemistry 24/9 & Physics 26/9. These will be used to inform Praising stars and to support students with their revision. We have revision every Wednesday!
What a pleasure it has been today to welcome students back into the academy. A huge welcome to our Year 7 students; it is such a privilege to be able to work with the young people from our community.
Two students from VMG Botswana won the WoW competition last week with the following sentence: 'Believe that you can achieve great things, this will give you the potential to succeed at anything in your life.' Well done Botswana - great team effort!
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