We have lots to celebrate at Outwood Academy City. Here are just some of the highlights. Follow the academy's Twitter account @OutwoodCity to keep up to date.
The Academy Council is delighted to approve sponsorship of Faith Carr, a highly talented martial artist in Year 8. Faith has practised and actively competed since a very early age; showing great skill and promise. As a member of the Sheffield Dragons X Blade Competition and Demonstration Team, Faith regularly competes in and outside of the UK. Her sporting pursuits were brought to the attention of OGAT CEO, Martyn Oliver, through social media after she secured yet another competition title.
Faith shows the same level of dedication, commitment and effort to her academic studies as she does her martial arts. This is illustrated in her Praising Stars reports. Since joining the academy in September 2017, she has never achieved an effort grade below an E2. Faith manages her time outside of school to enable her to act as an Assistant Instructor six hours per week; teaching other students from the age of three, as well as helping with the Junior Squad. This is in addition to her own training schedule of 12 hours per week.
Faith aspires to compete in the Olympics and we hope in financially supporting her at her next overseas competition in Ireland in March 2019, Faith will soon realise her goal. On behalf of everyone at the academy, we wish Faith the best of luck and look forward to hearing about her experiences when she returns.
The academy has a number of talented dancers who dedicate many hours to their training. One such student is Morgan Starkes, Year 10.
Morgan has been dancing at local dance academy, Stepz, since the age of two. She was and still continues to be the youngest dancer in the Street Dance Competition Team. She is also part of the Pom and Display Teams. Collectively they have performed at many different events and competitions across the city. Showcasing their talents to a wider audience, Morgan and her Street Dance Team have auditioned for Britain’s Got Talent and got through to the regional final of ‘TeenStar’.
We are incredibly proud of the achievements of Morgan and her dance teams and admire the discipline shown in balancing her GCSE studies and dance training.
Ted and Henry Charlesworth, Years 10 and 11 respectively, started at Sheffield Aero Club with a trial flight on their 14th birthdays. Since then, weather permitting, they have enjoyed regular flying lessons.
Both have now moved on to Phoenix Flying School where they continue to have regular lessons. Their involvement extends to input on the ground; gaining an understanding of the science behind aviation and the workings of the plane. Incredibly important knowledge and skills to have should they experience an emergency. Both boys can calmly deploy what they know to correct any mid-air issues.
Flying Cessna planes, Ted and Henry are now competent in carrying out all necessary pre-flight checks, fuelling and fly the circuit including take-off, landing and staling the plane. Both are set to do their first solo flight before they turn 17 which will be a fantastic achievement – congratulations Ted and Henry!
Joe has always loved bikes and wanted his own motorbike from a very early age. After getting his first pit bike, he has gone on to have two trial bikes. A talented and skilled racer, Joe came third in his very first competitive race – it’s no wonder he enjoys racing so much!
The sport has taught him many great skills, both physically and mentally. After being dragged through barbed wire, covered in scratches and held together with stitches, Joe hasn’t been put off. The commitment to his sport is as evident as it is at school, as now in Year 11, Joe carefully manages his time between studying and racing.
Lucy Hughes, Year 8, has been dancing since the age of three. At the age of nine, she chose to specialise in Ballroom and Latin, and began training at the Harwood School of Dance in Sutton in Ashfield.
Representing her dance school, Lucy regularly competes in regional and national competitions. Most recently she became North East Area Medallist of the Year in the Under 12 Girls’ category for Ballroom and Latin. Lucy also took part in the prestigious Supadance Finals at the renowned home of dance, Blackpool. Competing against 107 other couples, Lucy and her partner came third and are now ranked third in the country for their individual category – congratulations to Lucy and her partner on this phenomenal achievement!
Despite her underlying health issues, Lucy has not let these prevent her from training incredibly hard through a combination of private lessons and technique classes both after school and at weekends. Lucy thoroughly enjoys dancing for not only the reward but the health benefits.
The future is very exciting for Lucy and we cannot wait to see her progress as she transitions into the Junior category.
With aspirations of being Firefighters, Chloe Morris and Demi Smith, both in Year 11, were eager to get involved in the Cutlers’ Fire and Rescue Ambassadors programme. As part of the programme the girls were signed posted by Mr Colliver to join the South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Cadets.
Now fully fledged cadets of two years, the girls have learnt a great deal as well as gaining their BTEC Level 1 in Teamwork and Personal Skills for Uniformed Youth Organisations. Both are now working towards their Level 2. This is on top of GCSE studies. Taking part in drills as well as sharing their experiences of being cadets with others at community events at fire stations across Sheffield, are just two of reasons the girls enjoy being cadets.
Their participation in the Cutlers’ programme together with their time as cadets has cemented their desire to pursue careers in the fire service; Demi as a Firefighter and Chloe as a Community Engagement Officer after an active career as a Firefighter. We’re certain with the level of hard work, commitment and dedication shown, both will be successful.
Outwood Academy City certainly isn’t short of talented dancers! Twins, Lucie and Isobel, and older sister Caitlin, Years 8 and 10 respectively, are all talented dancers who attend Stepz Dance Academy and have done for a number of years. All are totally committed to being the best they can be; attending classes five days a week, after school and at weekends.
Beyond the dance classroom, the girls showcase their talents as part of the dance academy’s Display and Competition Teams. Lucie and Isobel were recently involved in shooting a fundraising promotional video for the Limbs Unit at Sheffield Children’s Hospital. As a trio, the girls compete in a Cheerleading Team; Lucie and Isobel also compete together in the Junior Street Team while Caitlin competes at a Senior Level. Caitlin has also had solo success; taking part in improvised battles at competitions.
Collectively they have had a huge amount of success and a number of medal wins. Last summer, the girls competed at a national weekend event in Wales. All their Teams came first in their respective categories, this against some tough competition. Caitlin and her Street Dance Team also made it through to the finals of ‘TeenStar’.
Caitlin not only enjoys dancing herself but thrives on imparting her knowledge and skills to younger students at the dance academy. She does this in her role as Junior Coach; teaching weekly classes in addition to supporting the younger Display and Competition Teams. This is no mean feat as Caitlin is equally dedicated to her GCSE studies. Lucie and Isobel also balance their time between school, dance classes, competition and supporting as Class Assistants.
Preparations are well underway for the upcoming Dance Show in May. This will be followed by the annual dance academy Awards Night. Over the years, the sisters have individually picked up awards for ‘Best Newcomer’, ‘Best Cheerleader’, ‘Most Dedicated Team Member’ and ‘Junior Dancer of the Year’. Congratulations girls on these fantastic achievements!
Scouted approximately 15 months ago, George Dickinson, Year 9, has clearly impressed the coaching staff at Sheffield United who have just offered him a scholarship. This will see George play for the club until he’s at least 17.
Despite being a Sheffield Wednesday fan, George is thoroughly enjoying his experience of training at United’s Shirecliffe ground. He has been recognised by the coaching staff as an outstanding talent leading him to play up an age group for the U15’s and, on occasion, he has represented the U16’s too.
Evidently a highly skilled player, George’s attitude towards his learning is as dedicated as it is to pursuing his dream to be a professional football player. Congratulations George – you are well on the way to achieving your goal!
Tegan Whitby, Year 11, isn’t one to shy away from the spotlight. From an early age, Tegan has danced, currently at Stepz Dance Academy, and attended drama school at the Yorkshire Performance Preparation Academy (YPPA) and STOS Theatre Company.
With aspirations of being a West End performer, Tegan hopes to study at the Creative And Performing Arts (CAPA) College, Wakefield before moving onto The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA).
Tegan has already starred in a number of productions including Fame and Legally Blonde, and will appear in Sister Act in June 2019 and Shrek the Musical at the Lyceum, Sheffield in November 2019. Congratulations Tegan!
Evidently an all-round talented performer, we are confident Tegan’s determination, enthusiasm and passion for dancing and performing will see her land a leading role in the West End very soon.
Lotti Heppeler and Grace Fitzakerley, both in Year 10, have been part of local dance school, Helen Taylor’s School of Dance, for 11 years. Serious about their sport, they have taken IDTA examinations in Contemporary/Lyrical dance from the age of four and competed since the age of five.
Not only do Lotti and Grace dance, they are also part of Handsworth and Hallam Theatre Company and have taken part in the annual showcase since they were six.
With dance training three times a week, monthly competitions and twice yearly dance exams, they still manage to find the time to fit in their GCSE studies demonstrating not only their commitment to performing but to the school work too.
In their most dance exam, the girls achieved Honours and Grace was commended at the presentation evening with the accolade of ‘Dancer of the Year’ – congratulations Grace! Both girls intend to continue dancing and performing in the future.
Bobbi Shaw, Year 8, is definitely a name to remember for future Winter Olympic Games. With aspirations of becoming a professional ice skater, she is certainly on her way to realising this dream.
Having never skater until September 2017, Bobbi has amassed a wealth of Skate UK qualifications including all levels of the Basic Skills Programme, Bronze to Gold of Skate Star – Free Skating and Bronze to Gold of Skate Star – Ice Dancing, within 15 short months. Bobbi is now working at National Ice Skating Association Level 1 and currently training hard for a forthcoming NISA competition.
Bobbi’s commitment to her sport is illustrated by the number of hours she trains every week including evenings and weekends. Since joining the academy in 2017, Bobbi has shown the same level of dedication to her academic studies too.
Olivia Cham, Year 8, has recently completed the British Gymnastics ‘Elite Performance Pathway’ which qualifies her to compete at the prestigious 2019 British Gymnastics Championships. She has been working hard towards this goal from starting gymnastics at the age of six, training up to 22 hours per week and competing around the country. Of the 300,000 people who take part in gymnastics in the UK each year, only 42 girls of Olivia’s age are eligible to compete at this event where Great Britain’s top gymnasts will be showcasing their routines ahead of next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Olivia trains at the Dronfield Gymnastics Academy where she has also just picked up ‘Gymnast of the Year’ and ‘Gymnasts’ Gymnast of the Year’ nominated by her coach and her fellow team mates who are striving to follow in Olivia’s footsteps. Over the next few weeks Olivia will be competing at both the English and British Championships! We wish Olivia the best of luck with these, and all future competitions, and look forward to seeing her compete at an Olympic Games!
Lydia Brown, Year 7, has been swimming since she was four and joined Sheffield City Swimming Club at the age of nine.
Training six times a week, Lydia competes at both County and Regional level. Breast stroke is her passion and she continues to work hard to improve her times to move up the swimming rankings, with the hope of achieving National Qualification when she is older.
Lydia’s hard work in the pool paid off at a recent competition when she was a finalist in the 100m breast stroke with a time that guaranteed her qualification for the North East Regionals in May. Throughout February, Lydia will also be competing in the Yorkshire Championships. Good luck Lydia, we look forward to hearing how you get on!
Lydia’s talents don’t end there, she is also an accomplished dancer and trains at the Bailey-Cox Dance Academy, Sheffield along with her sister, Madeline, Year 10.
Dedicating five hours a week to training, the girls follow the Royal Academy of Dance Classical Ballet syllabus as well as the IDTA syllabuses for Tap, Theatre Craft and Jazz. Their training culminates in a show every two years held at the Octagon Theatre, Sheffield.
Conor Rogers, 27, was named as the winner of the Robert Walters Group UK Young Artist of the Year Award, at an awards ceremony held at the prestigious Saatchi Gallery in October 2019. Conor was recipient of a cash prize, presented by global recruitment consultancy Robert Walters Group, after being selected ahead of the other nine shortlisted artists for work submitted within the brief of ‘Diversity.’
Conor focuses his work primarily on landscapes and domestic scenes in the North of England, which are painted directly onto found or constructed materials from the everyday. Specifically, for his winning pieces Conor focused on using ice pop wrappers and unused betting slips.
His works of art tend to be influenced by a very personal relationship he has with a time or place, combined with a critical approach towards painting as an object. The subjects of his ideas can touch upon varying concerns and interests towards our everyday British environments, daily happenings, northern council life, cultural identities, and the sense of self in Northern Britain.