Staggered Return to the Academy - W/C 8 March 2021

This week students will begin to return to face-to-face teaching. Please refer to the letters in the 'Letters to Parents/Carers' section of the website for the specific date/time that your child needs to arrive on site. If consent for testing has not been given, students will need to return to the Academy on their allocated day between 8.00-8.23am in order to arrive in time for tutor time. With the exception of those students identified as having an exemption, all students must now wear masks at the following times:

- When arriving on site and walking to Tutor Time
- When moving between lessons
- When in lessons
- When queueing or moving around the restaurant

Students will given a mask break at the following times:
- When walking outside of the teaching blocks (except upon arrival)
- When eating in the restaurant
- When accessing outdoor space at break/lunchtime.

Polite reminder that students are expected to be in full uniform upon return to the Academy. The only jumper allowed is the Academy jumper although students may still wear a coat in classrooms due to the increased ventilation.

Our full risk assessment is available on the Academy Website.

We recognise that the next few days and weeks may bring challenges. Please be assured that we will work closely with students, parents and carers to ensure that students can return to learning in a safe, respectful and responsible way. There is also a wide range of wellbeing support and our top priority is to ensure students return to lessons feeling supported. Any questions do not hesitate to use the 'Contact Us' button.

Post 16 Centre - Apply Today

Outwood Grange Academy's Post 16 enrolment team are waiting to take your application.

Visit our dedicated Post 16 website for more details about the extensive courses on offer and the outstanding pastoral support for prospective students.

Enjoy viewing the carousel of life in our Post 16 Centre below, showcasing the excellent learning environment, the extensive extra-curricular opportunities and the strong focus on personal development and wellbeing.

"The sixth form is outstanding. Students of all abilities are admitted and all groups make rapid progress through courses well suited to their needs and aspirations." Ofsted Report 2012

Post 16 Virtual Open Evening - Watch the full presentation here!

Mr Highnett and the Post 16 Team are waiting to take your call! 01924 204350

Applications for all courses are still being taken. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to get in touch.

What Does Every Prospective Applicant Need To Know?

Outwood Grange Academy Post 16 Centre is still taking applications!

Visit our bespoke website made for any prospective applicant who wants to find out more about:

- The extensive range of academic and vocational courses on offer;
- Our exceptional pastoral care and bespoke Guidance programme;
- Listen to course leaders speak about the breadth and depth of our curriculum offer;
- Receive an introduction to the Elephant Access Group and how to excel your application to top universities;
- Explore our tailored support for students wanting to progress onto both academic and vocational routes.

Just click on the '#stayon' button below.

To read an open letter from the Director of Post 16 and find out more about excellent opportunities open to all and the details of the application process, click '#gofurther'.

Visit our dedicated Post 16 website with links to our prospectus, course handbook and enrolment form.

Open letter from Mr Tom Highnett (Director of Post 16) to all prospective and current applicants to the Post 16 Centre at Outwood Grange Academy.

Information regarding consent for student onsite Covid 19 Testing.

Please see the information below regarding onsite Covid 19 testing for students on the reopening of the academy from Monday 8 March.

Reporting a Positive Covid Case For a Student

Please click here to report a positive Covid case for a student.

Accessing Google Classroom from Home

Please click here to access information about home learning.

For information about how to log into your Google account, please click here

For information about how to log into Google Classroom, please click here

For information on using your to do list, please click here

For information on submitting your assessments, please click here

For information on how to contact your teacher through Google Classroom, please click here

For information on accessing your lessons via classwork, please click here

For information on how to access live lessons, please click here

Activities and Challenges for the Half Term

Courtesy of our colleagues across the Trust and Outwood Academy Foxhills, the following two sites contain a variety or activities for students to explore, support your wellbeing, broaden your mind and hone talents!

The websites contain activities for students to try independently or with the family.

Home Learning Activities
This site contains a range of activities to help you:

  • Get Connected
  • Get Creative
  • Get Exploring
  • Get Crafty

Enrichment Emporium
By clicking on this link, you will find videos to watch, tours to take, reviews to write, animals to see… there is something for everyone!

If you choose to complete any activities and would like to leave us feedback and share your work, you can do so through the Tutor Programme Google classroom. We are always excited to see what our talented students produce!

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Latest News

Outwood Family Statement

We have watched with great sadness the news coverage of the funeral of George Floyd against the backdrop of other news stories related to the outrage this tragic event has caused.

This incident has given a voice and an outlet to a valuable cause and must be a driver for real change.

As a Trust, we have been moved by and inspired by many comments, posts and stories. In our academies we enjoy hearing the many supportive and positive comments made by young people towards others.

However, there are times when those comments are negative, not positive, and simply are not acceptable, inappropriate and often misjudged.

The awareness to the issue of racism brought by the Black Lives Matter movement in recent years and particularly following the death of George Floyd can only be a good thing. Education can and must support this important cause as it provides an opportunity to learn about, discuss and examine the different experiences people have gone through, and to challenge and change attitudes.

As such we support this cause and will be dedicating some of our valuable home learning time to raise this important issue.

We would like to acknowledge and add our support to the work of Black Lives Matter, Stand Up to Racism and Kick It Out (Tackling Racism and Discrimination in Football).

As the Outwood Family, we believe every student matters and we will not tolerate any behaviour which is prejudicial, discriminatory or offensive. We will continue to work hard to change attitudes and educate our students, our staff and the wider communities we serve, so that we can help shape a well-rounded, tolerant society comprising respectful citizens equipped to play their part and make a positive contributions to their community.

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Assembly 7 January 2021 - Mr Kelly addresses Y11 Students following DfE announcement on exams

Useful Information for Y11 Students, Parents and Carers. Please see below links to our Y11 Information Event and Post 16 Virtual Open Evening

Year 11 Information Event for Parents/Carers - click link below

Welcome to our first 'virtual' Year 11 Information Event. At this time of year, we would usually invite parents and carers of Year 11 students to come into the Academy to listen to our Heads of Department talk about how to best support students in their GCSE examinations and BTEC qualifications. However, with social distancing in place we have decided to bring the Academy to you!

The aim of this Google Site is to give you access to the same key messages/resources to ensure that your son or daughter can maximise their potential this year. We trust that you find this site useful and please feel free to return to these presentations at any time to remind yourself of the wealth of information provided.

The Google Site is also aimed at students and it would be very useful to watch these presentations together. The beauty of the 'virtual' event is that you don't have to watch it all at once! You can come back to these presentations at your leisure and use it as a reference point throughout the year. In particular, the following presentations have been made with students in mind, so please encourage them to watch in preparation for the November assessment window:

- Effective Study Skills
- Mental Health and Wellbeing
- Careers and Progression.

Year 6 Open Evening – Click the link below for full details

The Year 6 Open Evening is live on our website. Parents/carers and students can watch a presentation from Mr Kelly, Principal; listen to the Heads of Departments talk about their subject areas and curriculum; take a virtual tour around our ‘state of the art’ site and lots more.

Click links below to view a letter to parents/carers from Public Health England/NHS on Test and Trace and Guidance on Coronavirus Scenarios

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Risk Assessment

Please click the link below to access the academy’s risk assessment.

Upcoming Events

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Maths Revision

Please click on the link below to access Maths revision work.

School Games

Youth Sport Trust and Sport England are working with School Games Organisers to help keep the nations young people physically and mentally fit. To keep up to date with news, information and activity resources please click here or on Twitter @SGOOutwood

#StayInWorkOut

Meet PC Leanne Broadhead, Outwood Grange Academy's Safer School Partnership Officer!

PC Leanne Broadhead joined Outwood Grange Academy in September 2020 and is on a mission to ensure our students know the importance of being safe, responsible and respectful both inside the Academy and in the community.

In January, PC Broadhead met with students in Key Stage 3 to explore the topic of Gang culture and how local police forces works with communities to promote positive messages about student safety. Students in Y8 then submitted questions to PC Broadhead who not only visited them (virtually!) in their live Literacy lesson, but also answered their questions. She said "some of their questions were really interesting and I was impressed with how much they engaged with the topic." Two students, Brendan Kineton (Y8) and Adam Overton (Y8), both produced posters to promote the importance of safety in our community. Brendan's poster was about safety around water and Adam's poster promoted the importance of making sensible choices.

This week PC Broadhead joined guest speakers from the Ambulance Service and from the Police Contact Centre as part of the 'Community Action Programme'. Students in Y7 explored the topics of '999 What's Your Emergency?' and 'Internet Safety'. Students heard from Dave Jones who is the '999 Aspire Programme Lead for Yorkshire Ambulance Service & Community Defibrillation Officer' and Abigail Chapman who is an 'Initial Contact Supervisor' for the West Yorkshire Police. Mr Woods (Associate Vice Principal) has been involved with the CAP Programme for two years and was impressed with students' engagement despite the fact they had to complete their session via remote learning. He said "It has never been more important to talk about safety, whether it be in the local community on online'.

This week all students will view an Assembly from Mr Houlton (Head of Computer Science) about 'Internet Safety Day' which is on 9 February 2021. See video below for the full interview with PC Broadhead.

Letters To Parents

Online Parents Evening

Please click here to access a video with information on how to access the online parents evening system.

Further information can also be found by clicking the link below to access an information guide.

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