3 January – Academy reopens to students
17 January – Year 8 Options Evening
25 January – Trutex Uniform Selling Event
27 January – Options deadline
7 February – Year 11 Core Subject Evening
17 February – Academy closes to students for half term
27 February – Academy reopens to students
7 March – Praising Stars 3 Parents’ Evening
9 March – Family Focus Day in ICT
14 March – Trutex Uniform Selling Event
23 March – Family Focus Day in Maths
As you will be aware, Outwood Academy City was inspected by Ofsted on 27th and 28th September 2016. I can now confirm the outcomes of that inspection:
• Effectiveness of Leadership & Management – Good
• Quality of Teaching & Learning – Good
• Personal Development, Behaviour & Welfare – Requires Improvement
• Outcomes for Pupils – Good
• Overall Effectiveness – Requires Improvement
Receiving an overall judgement of Requires Improvement is of course very disappointing but I can assure you that we will continue to work with you and your children to get the best outcomes for all students.
Outwood Academy City celebrated its second successive set of outstanding results in August 2016. The results of the Year 11 students leaving the Academy in 2015 and 2016 were significantly above the Local Authority and national averages, made more remarkable by the fact that these students arrived at the Academy with academic starting points significantly below the national average. The 2016 Year 11 cohort achieved 68% A* to C English and maths combined and 11% of the cohort achieved eight or more A* to A grades. The school is also ranked 1st out of 55 similar schools nationally.
The predecessor school was in Special Measures, where standards and expectations were very low and only 43% of its cohort achieved the gold standard five A* to C including English and Maths. There were a large number of students who did not attend the school on a regular basis.
Ofsted acknowledge that the effectiveness of leadership and management, the quality of teaching, learning and assessment and outcomes for pupils are good. Ofsted concluded that personal development, behaviour and welfare requires improvement and subsequently overall effectiveness was therefore deemed to require improvement.
The reasons why personal development, behaviour and welfare requires improvement and therefore overall effectiveness requires improvement are as follows;
“Pupils’ attendance is well below average and has not been improving rapidly. Too many pupils are regularly absent from the school” and “behaviour requires improvement as exclusions, especially for boys, are high and not reducing swiftly over time”.
The report did however acknowledge that:
“this is an inclusive school that genuinely wants the best outcomes for its pupils. It has clear, high expectations of behaviour”
“around the school, inspectors noted that those pupils in the school behaved well throughout the day. Pupils enjoyed working together in class to share ideas with others and were keen to learn”. “Pupils told inspectors they are proud of their school. They said that their teachers are always available to give them the support they need with their work or any problems they have”.
The high expectations at the Academy will remain. We will continue to work with our most hard to reach pupils and families, exhausting all possible strategies to support these pupils to engage and attend.
Thank you for your ongoing support. I can assure you that the Academy will focus its efforts on ensuring that all students have good attendance and we will continue to support students whose behaviours can lead to exclusion. A copy of the full Ofsted inspection report can be found on the Academy website. There will be an opportunity, in the near future, through Parent Voice meetings to go through the report in detail, should you wish to do so.
The Academy and its students have come a long way since the days of The City School and I would once again like to thank you for your support.
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 bullying and poor behaviour. We 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.
The Academy will be hosting three uniform selling events before the end of the year. These will be an opportunity to purchase Academy uniform and will run from 2:45pm to 5:30pm in the Sports Entrance.
Uniform can also be purchased online from the Trutex website www.trutexdirect.com using the Academy’s LEA code LEA00644SC.
Building on the success of our Year 6 Open Evening and Whole School Family Focus Day in September, the Academy will be showcasing what it has to offer prospective students and their parents/carers throughout this academic year.
Family Focus Day sessions will run from 4:00pm to 6:00pm, concentrating on each department in turn.
13th October 2016 – Food Technology
3rd November 2016 – Accelerated Reader in English
9th March 2017 – ICT
23rd March 2017 – Maths
6th April 2017 – PE
For more details, please contact Miss Simcox at the Academy.
We are delighted that 12 Year 9 students have started their two year programme as a South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Ambassador; part of the Cutlers’ Made In Sheffield programme.
Students arrived at Handsworth Training and Development Centre for a prompt start before taking part in their induction session led by Watch Manager, Nicola Hobbs. The first session included agreeing a Code of Conduct before working as part of a team to develop communication skills; dealing with various problems and challenges.
South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue staff commented on how well engaged students were throughout the session.
An excellent performance as a whole from the U15 Netball team. The team started strongly against Tapton, only allowing Tapton to score twice during the first half. However some sharp play by Tapton increased the lead by 4, something that proved too difficult for Outwood to pull back despite strong defence from Jess J. Charlie G increased in confidence in the second half and began to create problems for the Tapton shooters.
The momentum continued into the second game against Newfield. The team worked tirelessly in all areas of the court to win the game by 5 points. A particularly strong link between Kayley S, Ashanti R and Kathryn R was evident, with Shona R providing the link superbly between attack and defence.
The excellent play was an eye opener for Sheffield Girls High School, with Outwood holding the lead to 3 points for 7 minutes of the game. Caleb H and Ellie F were introduced to defence, making numerous interceptions against a very strong opposition.
Finally Outwood played a physical game against Notre Dame. With tiredness set in, the game was end to end, with many mistakes in all areas of the court. Tia C was quick to capitalise on loose balls, switching defence to attack. Outwood were able to hold on for the victory after a few late goals from the excellent shooters. Overall an impressive performance with Kayley S identified as ‘Player of the Tournament’ for her stand out performance throughout.
Miss Reeder – Teacher of PE
In July 2016, Outwood Academy City achieved the Prospects Quality Award for Careers Education and Guidance. The report identified a number of strengths within the Careers Education and Guidance students receive.
The report stated that there is ‘good practice in a number of areas, specifically the provision of guidance and information’ which allows students to have access to high quality careers information. The report identified the ‘school’s achievement in improving performance in external exams’ as a strength that means learners are well prepared to choose widely from all progression routes.
The report noted that the links between subjects and career and higher study options were ‘highly visible’ and understood by learners. It highlighted that there has been more activities developed during the last academic year that have brought in more providers into the Academy. This has had a direct impact on inspiring and developing learners at all ages.
Lastly the report noted the provision and support given by the Senior Leadership team stating that the ‘school’s management structure and systematic application within the careers department of accountability, review and evaluation will continue to help maintain a strategic focus on CEIAG provision’.
Outwood Academy City joined the Outwood Grange Academies Trust in January 2014 and is continuing to build on its rapid transformation.
“The whole point of schools is that children come first and everything we do must reflect this single goal.” These are the words of Sir Michael Wilkins, Academy Principal and Chief Executive of Outwood Grange Academies Trust. Our Academy is on a journey of continued improvement and transformation and we want to share this with you, our community.
In 2014 our GCSE results were the best ever with 55% of our students gaining 5 A* – C grades including English and Maths. As you can see from the fantastic images on the website, in 2015 we smashed our previous results with an amazing 68% 5 A* – C passes at GCSE.
Do you want your child to share in this success and improve your child’s life chances?
We have an open door policy. We are happy to show potential students and their parents/carers around our Academy at any time. Come and visit all our subject areas and enjoy lunch with our students. We want you to see our Academy as it is each and every day. We don’t need a pre planned open day to showcase our fantastic Academy and the inspirational teaching and learning that takes place every day. Click the link adjacent to see a short video showcasing all the fantastic activities that take place in our Academy each and every day.
If you would like to visit please contact Miss S Peasant, PA to the Principal on 0114 235 8120 or email S.Peasant@city.outwood.com or call in at our Visitor Reception and a Senior Leader will be happy to show you around.