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May 2017

1 May – May Day Bank Holiday. The Academy will be closed to students
26 May – Year 9 Meningitis Vaccinations. The Academy closes to students for half term

June 2017

5 June – The Academy reopens to students
13 June – Praising Stars 5 Parents’ Evening
22 June – Key Stage 3 Awards Evening (by invitation)
28 & 29 June – Year 8 Graduation Ceremonies
29 June – Year 11 Prom

July 2017

5 July – Trutex Uniform Event
12 July – Sports Awards Evening (by invitation)
24 July – the Academy will be closed to students for the summer holiday

Year 6 Transition – Dates For Your Diary

20 June – Year 6 Transition Parents’ Evening
22 & 23 June – 627 Transition (for selected students only)
28 to 30 June – Year 6 Transition

For further information about Year 6 transition, please contact Ms Hissitt at the Academy on 0114 235 8120 or by email to enquiries@city.outwood.com.

Principal’s Report

Week Commencing 13 February 2017

It seems hard to believe we are over half way through the academic year. The Year 7 students are now settled in to the routines of the Academy and are contributing in lessons and attending enrichment.

The Year 8 students have just chosen their subject options and are looking forward to graduating this summer. They will graduate and have the opportunity to go on an adventure residential with their friends if they receive E1, E2 and E3s in their Praising Stars.

Year 9 students had an enterprise day where they used their entrepreneurial skills to develop a product that could be marketed nationally. One of our teams made the National Final.

The Year 10 students are working hard towards their exams this summer as are our Year 11s who only have a short time left with us. They are making the most of it by attending morning, lunchtime, after school and holiday enrichment sessions.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all parents and carers who attended the Parent Voice Post-Ofsted meeting discussing our latest report. The slides from the presentation can be downloaded from the link to above. There will be a Parent Voice Immersion on 10th March 2017. If you would like to attend please contact Mr Colliver, Associate Assistant Principal, by email to J.Colliver@city.outwood.com. However, if you are unable to attend you are welcome, as always, to come to Visitor Reception at any time of the day and a member of staff will be happy to show you around the Academy.

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 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.

Letters To Parents

Year 11 Revision Sessions

To support students with their final examination preparation, the following revision sessions will be taking place:

Sunday, 21 May
9am – 12noon – Geography

Tuesday, 30 May
9am – 11am – Science (all students)
9am – 1:15pm – Science (triple scientists only)

Wednesday, 31 May
9:30am – 12:30pm – English (by invitation)
12:30pm – 2:30pm – English (by invitation)

Thursday, 1 June
9:30am – 12:30pm – Geography

Friday, 2 June
9am – 12noon – Maths (all students)

Sunday, 4 June
12:30pm – 3:30pm – History

Trutex Uniform Selling Events

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.

  • Wednesday, 25 January 2017
  • Tuesday, 14 March 2017
  • Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Uniform can also be purchased online from the Trutex website using the Academy’s LEA code LEA00644SC.

Trutex – Price Increases

Prices of existing uniform and sportswear will be increasing by 8% from Easter 2017. Trutex have experienced an unprecedented increase in its costs due to the devaluation of the pound versus other major currencies and are committed to maintaining current quality, therefore are forced to pass some of this cost onto customers.

The price increase will take effect from 1st April 2017 and will be guaranteed to stay at these prices until Easter 2018. A full price list can be found on the Uniform page .

Trutex remain committed to producing ‘Made to Last’ ethically sourced uniform, and our current quality and manufacturing standards will be maintained. You can be assured that Trutex will continue to provide great value for money uniform and sportswear.

Parent Voice Immersion Day

On Friday, 10th March, five parents attended our ‘access all areas’ immersion day as part of the Parent Voice initiative. Throughout the day parents joined a member of the Senior Leadership Team on learning walks, engaged in short informative meetings, observed an assembly and spent time ‘on duty’ in the Dining Hall at break and lunchtime.

This is the third time the Academy has welcomed parents/carers into school to immerse themselves in a ‘typical’ Academy day. Staff are always excited to see parents/carers in the Academy; demonstrating the outstanding work that is evident to see on a daily basis.

Feedback from the parents was incredibly positive; all of whom agreed they gained an invaluable insight into the fantastic things that take place in the Academy each and every day.

For further details about Parent Voice, please contact Mr Colliver, Associate Assistant Principal, at the Academy.

FC Barcelona International Tour – 2018

We are delighted to offer another international Football tour of Barcelona. This fantastic experience offers everything you could wish for in a destination, having hosted the 1992 Olympic Games and also being home to one of the biggest football clubs in the world, it has a rich sporting heritage. We will be combing football with its cultural and educational features such as La Sagrada Familia and La Rambla. Throughout the tour our students will be based in a resort called Calella which has a lovely beach in walking distance and FC Barcelona is easily accessible enabling us to get the most out of training and the many attractions Barcelona has to offer. This exciting tour will give the young players at Outwood Academy City the opportunity to train with the expert professional youth coaches from FC Barcelona.

During the trip our footballers will benefit from 3 coaching sessions at the Estadi Complex where they will be treated like professional players and may even have the opportunity to observe the professionals. They will train on top quality pitches and will have the chance to try out their new skills playing a friendly match against a local team. Our footballers will also visit the Camp Nou stadium for a tour.

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See Mr Colliver or Miss Cardwell for further information.

Outwood Academy City – See For Yourself

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.

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.