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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We are pleased to offer a well-being enrichment programme for students this term; please feel free to pop along and speak to staff members leading the sessions. A great way for you to unwind at the end of the academy day.
As the new academic year starts we welcome our new Student Voice President, Gabby Mann.
Gabby is currently in Year 10 and her campaign focused on developing enrichment opportunities within the Academy and the community. Gabby also is keen to develop a student led ambassador team and healthy eating in school, working alongside her leadership team, VMG Representatives and students.
Joining Gabby on the leadership team are Megan Abbott (Y10), Paige Scaife (Y8) and Sean Connelly (Y8). All three students campaigned alongside Gabby and should be incredibly proud of their achievements. They have been awarded the role of Vice President within the Academy and will develop their position within the Deeps.
The leadership team will also aim to encourage student involvement in Student Voice teams. This will include Peer Mentoring, Charity Committee, Anti Bullying Ambassadors, Teaching and Learning Ambassadors and Reading Mentors.
Gabby would like to thank all students, staff and distinguished guests who were involved in the presidency campaign. She is looking forward to her role as Student Voice President during 2017/18 to ensure all students have the best experience at Outwood Academy Shafton.
My name is Gabrielle Mann and I am your Student Voice President. I am in Year 10 and work alongside my Vice Presidents, Megan Abbott (Deep Experience), Sean Connelly (Deep Learning) and Paige Scaife (Deep Support).
I am a hardworking student, a role model to others within the Academy and have always helped others to achieve their potential. I have been a ‘Made in Barnsley’ Ambassador focusing on life skills and future opportunities. My favourite subjects are Maths and Geography. My favourite subjects are Maths and Geography.
I would like to focus my presidency year on Anti Bullying within the Academy, developing the role of Student Ambassadors, healthy eating and enrichment activities.
I am very proud to be your Student Voice President and I am excited to make your voices heard at Outwood Academy Shafton!
Your Passport to Prom
The prom is always an exciting event to celebrate the time you have spent at Outwood Academy Shafton. It will be a night to remember and we would love to see every Year 11 student there. To receive your prom invite you need to:
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".
June 22nd marked National Thank A Teacher Day and schools across the country joined the #thankateacher campaign to celebrate individuals and the profession as a whole. It is so important to recognise and celebrate the work that our teachers and support staff do and the huge impact that they have on the lives of the young people they work with.
This is also the day that Pearson Teaching Awards chose to announce their prestigious silver award winners. With Charlotte Grace from Outwood Academy Shafton already shortlisted as a Bronze winner in the category of Outstanding New Teacher, anticipation was building for the big day.
As an academy, we felt that we also wanted to recognise, on this special day, the work of a small number of long-standing staff members who will be moving on this summer. I am always deeply moved by the fact that colleagues such as these have dedicated so much of their lives to improving the life chances of young people.
At around 2pm on the big day, the whole academy community gathered in our magnificent atrium to celebrate the end of a week-long series of events promoting teaching and thanking teachers for the care and inspiration they give. Guests included Mr David Earnshaw, Chair of the OGAT board of trustees and his colleague, Mrs Sue Thornton, Mr Martyn Oliver, CEO and members of the OGAT Executive and Director team, Miss Stephanie Peacock, MP and a number of our local councillors. We were also proud and privileged to have families of colleagues join us for the event.
The Year 10 BTEC Drama group performed a hugely moving piece entitled, "Children Learn What They Live" and each of the colleagues joined us on stage to rapturous applause and appreciation.
After a stunning performance of "Make Your Own Kind of Music" by our Barbican choir, it was my absolute honour to ask Miss Charlotte Grace to join me on the stage and to reveal that she had indeed won a silver award and would now go on to the televised Classroom Hero awards to be shown on BBC in the autumn term. We cannot hold this colleague in any higher esteem and we thank her for how well she represents our academy and, indeed, the future of our wonderful profession.
It was a moment of great pride. Our students were absolutely incredible and showed immense respect. Every single visitor commented on their impeccable conduct and the brilliant atmosphere across the whole academy.
Thank you to all the teachers who taught me as a child. You showed me that with determination and a strong work ethic, anything is achievable. Thank you to every single colleague at Outwood Academy Shafton. You are incredible role models to our students, teaching them to work hard and dream big! You raise standards and transform lives every single day.
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!
We are extremely excited to welcome our Year 11 students who are invited to the Academy’s annual Prom and Prom Breakfast on Thursday 28th and Friday 29th of June; a fond farewell to our students who have worked incredibly hard.
After achieving 100% on three quizzes, Year 8 student Blake Clubley is our new Accelerated Reader Star of the Week. Well done Blake!
Congratulations to Y9 student, Judy Yip, who is our latest Word of the Week winner with the following sentence, 'When you're younger, you need other people to guide you but as you grow older, you need to become the guide for others.' Well done Judy!
Congratulations to Y8 student Colm Trace who is our new AR Star of the Week. Colm has reached almost half a million words and we are sure that with the kind of books he reads, it won't be long before he is our latest millionaire. Well done Colm!
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