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


MindSpace is a safe place for young people to discuss their mental wellbeing.

MindSpace offers a unique blend of early intervention support for young people and their parents. Click here to find out more.

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Year 5/6 Parents

Sadly, we are not able to accommodate visits to the academy at the moment; we will update families as soon as this changes. Families are able to visit our Transition Website where you can take a virtual tour of our academy.

As soon as we are able to accommodate visits, 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

Student Voice are excited to be setting up a google classroom and twitter page! Our Student Voice is something we are extremely proud of and want to continue to encourage and celebrate the amazing things our students do… even while we are socially isolating!

Hollie, our SV President, and her leadership team will be keeping you updated too!


Earth Day 22 April 2020

Today, citizens around the world are celebrating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, an event first created to bring people of all backgrounds, faiths, beliefs and political standpoints together for a common goal – to promote protection of our Planet Earth. Ironically, the 50th anniversary celebrations have been adapted somewhat over the recent weeks, all to ensure people across the world DO NOT come together, at least not physically.

This year, all activities, discussions, debates, resources and challenges have been redesigned to ensure they can be accessed freely and digitally, for those staying home and staying safe around the world. The EarthDay website contains all the information regarding what is being done this week and has links to all available resources for people of all ages.

The main resource being shared this year has been designed, created and implemented in the last 5 weeks by a team of developers, geographers (including Mr Eccersley), engineers, cartographers and environmentalists to raise the awareness of plastic pollution in our local areas. We have identified the need to stay home and stay safe, however we also understand the importance of daily exercise.

The Earth Challenge 2020 app is a resource to be used when walking in your local area each day to record plastic pollution and air quality. The data collected by each individual in each part of the world is then passed to local councils and governments, who can then target these areas with clean up operations, increase the number of public bins and raise further awareness of the impacts of littering on the environment.

The app has been designed to be veer simple to use:

  • Firstly, download the free Earth Challenge 2020 app on the Apple or Google store.
  • Sign up with your name, email and location (country)
  • During your daily walk, simply take a photo of the plastic litter and your phone (with GPS enabled) will save the location it was found in.
  • Finally you are given the option to ‘Recycle’, ‘Trash’ or ‘Leave’ the plastic litter. We recommend leaving the litter where it was found as some litter can be harmful without the correct equipment.

This data is then collated and sent to local councils around the world, where they can then concentrate their resources on hot-spot areas in their regions.

While you are on your walk collecting litter, please post pictures of you and your families on Twitter and tag
@EarthDayNetwork @OutwoodShafton @GeographyBen @OGATHumanities
#EarthDay2020 #EarthChallenge2020 #ClimateChange #VirtualEarthDay2020

As well as this, there are lots of other resources for pupils to be involved in on their Google Classrooms as well as being shared on social media.

Many thanks for getting involved in this initiative to make Earth Day 2020 a huge success.


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

Remember, spread the word!

Letters to Parents

Principal's Blog

This one is for staff, staff at Shafton - but I know this will be replicated in schools across the country.

Today, as we begin to welcome back our Year 10 students for their face to face meetings I want to say thank you to all of the staff, who have worked every single day since we closed back in March. From the teachers who had to learn quickly to work in a way they never had before, to the VMG tutors who have led VMG classrooms and shared thought-provoking assemblies and tonnes of well-being activities, to the support staff who make hundreds of well-being phone calls and checks every week often working well beyond contracted hours to make sure we have reached the families we need to, to the site staff who have cleaned and scrubbed and shifted hundreds of items of furniture, to the SLT who have worked on hands and knees to get our site ready, to the admin staff who have sent home hundreds of work packs, to the team who created a transition website and virtual tour so Year 6 students could see their new school despite not being able to visit, to the staff who made and distributed thousands of face shields and sewed scrubs, delivered food parcels, to every colleague who has worked with key worker children and kept our most vulnerable children coming to school - thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything you do for the young people of this community. I am blessed and humbled to know you, Cara

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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.