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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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

As the academic year draws to a close, I would very much like to take this opportunity to thank all of our families for your incredible support over the past twelve months. We have crammed a lot into this academic year, far too much to mention in one short blog. However, we now have two fantastic editions, spring and summer, of our academy Outlook magazine which are filled to the brim with great success stories celebrating many of the big achievements of our students this year.

Special mention in my blog this time goes to Outwood Brass who have really gone from strength to strength throughout their Year 7 journey. The tone and maturity of music from this brilliant ensemble is absolutely magnificent. It was with great pride that I watched them perform at the recent annual OGAT conference where they blew away senior colleagues from our Trust who could not believe just how good they were. We are ever grateful to the brilliant work in the Arts that goes on at Birkwood Primary, supported by the fantastic Barnsley Music Service, for the awesome foundation that is laid for these young musicians. What happens in that school is amazing! We are proud to have you as colleagues.

The summer term saw our second academy trip to Barcelona for our GCSE Art students. Students visited many of the cultural sites in Barcelona and were inspired by the magnificent Gothic architecture and sculpture and brilliant works by Antoni Gaudi in particular. It is a very popular trip, led by great staff, that we hope will continue as an annual event. Internationalism withing the academy has also been showcased this term in our fabulous Cultural Capital gallery area with a special exhibition on world landmarks. We have lots of exciting plans for future exhibits.

The last few weeks of term are incredibly busy in any school. Here at OAS we have packed-out the calendar to make sure that our students get the best possible experiences. This has included two Duke of Edinburgh expeditions, 4 days of Year 8 residential outward bounds trips, 4 days of graduation ceremonies and transition, an international visit, athletics finals and the Outwood Games and trips to Harry Potter studios and even the Cricket World Cup (well done England!), our Academy Awards and Sports Personality of the Year and Prom and Prom breakfast to name just a few. Every one of these events involves staff going well above and beyond and I cannot write this blog without recognising how blessed we are at Shafton with the amazing staff that we have and the care they show to our young people.

Shafton's first ever "BikeFest" was the brainchild of Mr Rooke and his fabulous Y10 Engineering students. With just two weeks to make this event happen, I was completely blown away by the huge success. The students showed great autonomy and leadership throughout the whole project. In excess of £700 was raised on the day itself and we are very hopeful that we can make this an annual event for the community. Huge well done to all involved.

The summer is a great time for families. I hope that you all enjoy some time together, that the sun continues to shine and that great memories are made. Please all stay safe and well. We look forward to sharing our GCSE Results' Day with you in August and to welcoming back our young people on Wednesday 4 September. Please use the "contact us" option on the academy website or social media if you need us at all during the holidays. We will endeavour to get back to you as soon as we possibly can.

Wishing you a wonderful summer from all staff at Outwood Academy Shafton.

Outlook Magazine

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