Mission Statement

“Working Together: Putting Students First”

Parent Voice aims to promote the genuine involvement of parents across Barnsley whose child attends Outwood Academy Shafton. It is our hope that we will make a positive difference for children, young people and their families. By working together we will be able to support and influence change for the future of every child and young person at Outwood Academy Shafton.

The purpose of Parent Voice is to allow ‘effective communication’ between parents, teachers and other Academy staff to flourish. We will focus on:

  • Issues that are important to parents
  • Informing and thereby empowering all parents
  • Representing as many different parents and their viewpoints as possible
  • Encouraging open and honest engagement with parents
  • Promoting respect and clear communication between parents and Academy leaders

We support the right of all Outwood Academy Shafton students to enjoy their school years in a safe, caring and happy environment and we also support the need for teachers and other Academy professionals to work in a well-organised, calm and polite workplace. Parent Voice aims to

  • Develop effective relationships between staff, parents and other professionals associated with the Academy
  • Arrange events and activities that raise funds for projects in the Academy to enhance the education of students and to support charitable organisations
  • Organise social events for the enjoyment of the students, their families and the wider community

Immersion Day

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.

Our current members of Parent Voice are:

  • Kathy Fletcher
  • Rebecca Guy
  • Debbie Haynes
  • Clare Peel
  • Gemma Trickett
  • Shelley Exley
  • Selina Scott
  • Aaron & Meh Young

If you would like to become involved in Parent Voice, please contact Mr Chadburn at l.chadburn@shafton.outwood.com

Ofsted 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. Please click Parent View to give your view.