We are delighted to invite you to take a virtual tour around our academy, listen to our Principal and see what we have to offer you as we welcome you to our first ever Virtual Open Evening!

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.

About Us

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

We are now a few weeks into our new term and settling into the “new normal” way of working. Welcoming our students back, including our 300 fantastic Y7s, has been brilliant. We had missed them all so much. I cannot commend and praise enough all of our students for their sensible and mature approach to helping to keep the risks from Covid-19 as low as possible. We would take every opportunity to ask them to keep this going outside of the academy day too. I want you to know that I do not underestimate how much we are asking of everyone- students and staff. You would all be very proud of how hard they are trying and working with us to keep our whole community safe. Returning to school, and for staff returning to work, after months away may have caused anxiety for some. We are pleased to share with you our brand new OAS Mental Wellbeing website which serves to offer support and guidance to any one looking for some extra help.

And back to the business of learning! We have launched our brand new 5 Pillars of Learning, ensuring that every single lesson focuses on classroom practice that is proven to make the biggest difference:

  • Clarity of Learning Intention- ensuring our students know what they are learning, why they are learning it and offering them an insight into the sequencing of learning.
  • Recap and Recall- revisiting and building upon previous knowledge all the time
  • New Information- new knowledge and new learning
  • Practice- cementing new knowledge through deliberate student practice
  • Feedback- assessing students’ new learning and their application of knowledge.

By keeping these 5 Pillars at the centre of our classroom pedagogy we can ensure that our students continue to make excellent progress across the broad and balanced curriculum that they study.

In the “new normal” we have had to adapt our classroom spaces, moving away from our collaborative learning teams of 4 students into rows of students facing the front of the room. To support this change, we have integrated visualisers into every classroom. As well as being an excellent tool for a teacher modelling new information and for student feedback, these allow us to ensure that we have a robust contingency in place for live teaching in the event of a student, or a group of students, having to self-isolate. Staff are growing in confidence with the new blended approaches to learning that will be needed to see us through this time of turmoil and change whilst minimising disruption to the overall learning experiences of our young people.

Proud Thursday became a Barnsley phenomenon during the 2020 Lockdown. Giving us a weekly chance to connect with our students and to praise them for their brilliant home learning. You will be delighted to hear that we are continuing with Proud Thursday back in the academy. Each week, nominees from all year groups will share their work with their peers with an overall year group weekly champion chosen. The work will stay on display throughout the week inspiring learning conversations with peer groups and allowing us to constantly share learning with our stakeholders and the wider community. We are always proud of how hard our students are working in their classes and this gives us an excellent chance to show just how proud we are.

I hope that you and your families continue to remain safe and well at this time. Behind the scenes, staff are working harder than ever and they are doing more than has ever being asked of them. Thank you for remaining supportive and understanding. Our robust risk assessment processes are ensuring that we are doing all we can but, on a day to day basis, we want to ensure that our focus is on learning, on raising standards and on transforming lives

Outlook Magazine

Latest News

  • Sparx!

    Year 7 students are excited to start working on the new homework platform, Sparx! Parents can visit https://www.shafton.outwood.com/maths for more information. Students will be registering for the website in classes this week!


  • Google Guardian

    We are rolling out Google Guardian Summaries across the academy. This will allow parents/guardians to monitor work pupils are set on Google Classroom and see any upcoming deadlines for homework. The student will receive a link on GC this week!


  • Word of the Week!

    Great sentence using the word "boycott" from our WoW winner, Sarah, 'To boycott negativity and hatred is to produce positivity and love.’ Well done Sarah!


  • #HelloYellow

    We are delighted to be participating in Young Minds’ #HelloYellow campaign on Friday 9th Oct to raise awareness about mental health; a letter is available on the website telling students how they can get involved - it's easy!


  • Stand Up To Racism

    A short statement from the Outwood Family can be found in our Letters to Parents section #BlackLivesMatter #StandUpToRacism


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.