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February 2017

7 February – Year 11 Core Subject Evening
17 February – Academy closes to students for half term
27 February – Academy reopens to students

March 2017

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

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

Parent Voice Immersion Day – Friday, 10th March 2017

Parents/carers are invited to spend a day in the Academy shadowing the Senior Leadership Team; immersing themselves in Academy life.

To confirm your attendance, please email Mr Colliver at J.Colliver@city.outwood.com. A programme of the day will be made available to parents/carers shortly.

Schools Photographs

On Friday, 3 March 2017, students in Years 7, 9 and 11 will have their formal photographs taken. For students in Year 11, a group photograph for the year book will also be taken. Further details on how to purchase the photographs will be given to students through VMG.

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 www.trutexdirect.com using the Academy’s LEA code LEA00644SC.

Family Focus Days 2016 – 2017

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.

Better Learners, Better Workers – Made In Sheffield Programme

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.


U15 Netball – 05 December 2016 Match Report

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


Careers Award

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 – 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.