Wednesday, 19 July 2017
As we come to the end of my first half term at Outwood Academy City it is a good time to reflect on what has been achieved throughout this academic year; provide you with some important information and look forward to an even more successful 2017-2018. Firstly, I would like to thank you all for your continued support of the Academy and the welcome that so many members of the community have extended to me.
It has been an incredible summer term at Outwood Academy City with lots to celebrate and to be proud of. After a brilliant exam period our Year 11 students said their goodbyes in style with the end of year Prom; we look forward to hearing their stories and celebrating with them again in August. There have been a huge number of other highlights this term: Key Stage and Sports Awards, Year 8 Graduations, Year 6 Transition events, Accelerated Reader and Literacy Celebration assemblies and our very successful Year 8 graduation residential to Lea Green, to name just a few – I am sure you will join me in thanking the Academy’s staff for their commitment, dedication and support throughout these events and over the year as a whole.
The Academy will close to students for the summer at 2:30pm on Friday, 21 July 2017 and will re-open to all new Year 7 students on Tuesday, 5 September with all other year groups returning the following day, Wednesday, 6 September. The calendar for the next academic year can be found here.
I would like to take this opportunity to remind you of the expectations letter I sent to parents/carers dated 3 July 2017, a link to which can be found below. The letter sets out the high expectations we have in a number of areas including uniform, attendance and punctuality. Please take the time to support your son/daughter to ensure these standards are met and the foundations are in place for a successful year.
Summer holidays are a special time for families and a chance for our young people to relax, recharge and have fun. Whatever you have planned, home or away, I wish you a very happy and a very safe summer on behalf of all of the staff at Outwood Academy City.
Mr A Downing
24 July – the Academy will be closed to students for the summer holiday
5 September – the Academy will reopen to new Year 7 students only
6 September – the Academy reopens to all students
24 to 28 July – Summer School (by invitation)
1 August 10am to 3:30pm – Trutex Uniform Collection Day
We are pleased to confirm that Outwood Academy City have secured a new provider, TM Travel, for the Academy bus. You may be aware from local press news that Bright Bus, our current provider, will cease trading at the end of the academic year. We would like to take this opportunity to thank them for the service they have provided over recent years, I am sure you will agree this has been invaluable.
TM Travel will operate the service, with an unchanged route and schedule, this is outlined here. Whilst sourcing a provider of the service, we have worked with a number of companies in an attempt to keep costs for students and parents to a minimum and are pleased that the fares will be in line with local standard services. There is however, an increased cost to this service with the fare per student per journey increasing to £0.80, which was the best price we could secure.
Academy uniform must be purchased from our uniform supplier, Trutex. Orders can be placed online through the Trutex website using the Academy’s LEA code LEA00644SC.
Trutex will be holding four uniform selling events throughout the 2017/18 academic year. These will be held in the Sports Entrance from 2:45 to 5:30pm on the dates detailed below:
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The a copy of the latest Outlook magazine can be found below.
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 Reception on 0114 235 8120 or email email@example.com and a Senior Leader will be happy to show you around.
Please note, if you are an existing parent and wish to discuss your child, please make an appointment through you child’s Learning Manager on 0114 235 8120 option 3.