School Closure

Effective from Monday, 23 March 2020, all schools will be closed until further notice. Work will be uploaded to Google Classroom for your child to complete which can be accessed by clicking the above 'School Closure' button. Here you will also find the latest updates regarding the closure. Thank you

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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About Us

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 2019/20 is Hollie Geeson. Hollie is currently in Year 10 and is already demonstrating the qualities of a being a fantastic role model to other students. She worked hard to campaign for student votes with her team and is keen to show students how passionate she is about the role.

‘I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who voted for me. I am very appreciative of all your support throughout the campaign process. I am confident I can make a positive impact within the Academy for students and staff. I can’t wait to start working on the key aims of my campaign which included Barnsley Outwood varsity and tackling climate change related problems.’

Hollie will work closely with other student voice groups including the Charity Committee, VMG Representatives and her Vice Presidents, Isabelle Atkin, Sean Connelly, Chloe Emery and Dylan Summers. All five students form the Student Voice Leadership team and their roles are focused in each one of the Deeps. Hollie is working with the Deep Leadership team, Chloe is working within Deep Support whilst Sean and Dylan are working within the Deep Experience team. We are very excited to see them progress in their roles.

For 2019/20 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
  • Eco Warriors
  • Reading Mentors
  • Teaching and Learning Ambassadors

Each term the SV Leadership team will meet with VMG Representatives to 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 academic year we have already raised a total of over £500 for a variety of local and national charities. We are also keen to increase the number of students involved in all SV groups and their impact within the Academy. The Eco Warriors, in particular, are keen to raise awareness of looking after our environment and making Academy more sustainable.

So far this year we have record numbers of students involved in Student Voice and we are excited for what we have planned in the coming year!

Parent Voice

We had a brilliant day with our Parent Voice this half term. Members were invited into the academy for the morning to look at how the academy functions on a daily basis.

Members of Parent Voice joined SLT and Learning Manager colleagues on the door for our daily meet and greet with students.

Parent Voice then went on to complete learning walks; a brilliant opportunity to see teaching and learning in action. Members visited English and Maths lessons and had an opportunity to look at the different learning structures that we use in lessons to engage and challenge students. A visit to our Learning Resource Centre followed and parents sat the test we do with all of our students to ensure that they are reading at appropriate levels. Finally members attended an assembly and looked at how we manage our student body at break and lunch times.

We had some brilliant feedback from parents which is shared below:

The walk round we did first with Mr Peel was very interesting, the children were all exceptionally well behaved and we saw one instance where a child was laughing at something being read out, the teacher in question dealt with this brilliantly, he questioned the boy on why he thought it was funny rather than punishing him. I was also impressed with the children moving between lessons, I was stood beside Mrs Ackroyd and she spoke to a few children, she knew their names and commented on someones new fringe, I wouldn’t have expected the Head of such a large school to know the children so well. I went to a large school and the Head never interacted with the pupils.

I found it a very valuable experience, it gave me so much reassurance to be able to go into the classrooms and see the quality of teaching and also the high standards of behaviour. I particularly loved to see the way that staff including the Principal were out and about interacting with the students in between lessons as the children were moving around school.

I really enjoyed immersion day and it opened my eyes to a lot of what’s happening in reference to daily school operations so I can better support my children socially and academically.

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

Here at OAS, 2020 is well underway. With only three weeks of the term gone, there is already a great deal to update on.

Back in December the academy undertook an external review of our practices in Inclusion. We are absolutely thrilled to announce that we are now the very first academy in our Trust to be awarded the coveted Inclusion Quality Mark. The brilliant report highlights our outstanding practice, praises the attitudes of students and teachers’ ambition for them and, rightly, recognises how much is done to enrich the lives of the young people in our care. We could not have done this without the support of our fantastic community and our trusted Academy Council. The next stage is for the academy to work towards the Inclusion Centre of Excellence status. This is something that I am very hopeful we will achieve in the near future.

Assemblies in the first week back focused on New Decade, New Me. Students were encouraged to think about what steps they need to take independently to improve their physical and mental health. We are introducing the concept of Great Dreams across the academy linked to mental well-being. So much of what we already do links to this and a new display area has been created in the dining area to celebrate this. From 3 February, we will be celebrating Children’s Mental Health week. The theme of this year’s event is “Find your Brave” and we have designed a full programme of activities aimed at encouraging our students and staff to step outside of their comfort zone. If its comfort zones that we are talking about, we have also set up a Year 11 girls’ Couch to 5K programme led by myself. The link between exercise and mental well-being, particularly important as exam season approaches, is well established. Less well established is our “slightly overweight” Principal running around the field at lunchtimes!

During our first week back, Hollie (Student Voice President) was fortunate enough to attend the very first OGAT Sustainability Summit. This is the first of a planned series of conferences disusing actions needed by our schools to work more sustainably in every aspect of academy-life. This is such a massively enriching aspect to our curriculum for our young people. They are a generation who will need to protect and care for so many of our planet’s natural resources and habitats. We are taking every possible opportunity to ensure that we teach and model sustainable approaches to living to our students.

It is the time of year when our Y11 and Y10 students prepare themselves for the final push in their academic studies. The programme of enrichment #DoBrilliantly sessions for students is excellent. These sessions allow students to consolidate their learning from class and to do that all-important practice in terms of exam technique. Progress is always a measure of what students know and what they remember. To support with independent learning and revision we will be holding our fabulous annual Revision Festival on Tuesday 11 February in the evening after the academy day. Parents and students from Y10 and Y11 are expected to attend. The event is essential as students begin to plan and prepare for their GCSE examinations. We are thrilled to announce that Positively Mad, UK leading experts in revision techniques, will be joining us throughout the day offering a series of workshops to Year 11.

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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.