About the Academy

Chief Executive & Accounting Officer: Mr Martyn Oliver
Chief Executive Principal, Secondary: Mrs Julie Slater
Associate Executive Principal: Mrs Sabiha Laher
Principal: Mr Brian Kelly
Age: 11-19
Number on roll: 2131
Annual Admission number: 360

Outwood Grange Academy opened in September 2009 as an Academy of Excellence, sponsored by Outwood Grange Academies Trust. Outwood Grange Academy has founded the Trust to lead the improvement of other schools in the North East of England. The Trust currently sponsors a number of secondary and primaries in the region.

Outwood Grange Academy has been a National Training school for eleven years and has been accredited as one of the country’s first Teaching Schools.

The predecessor school Outwood Grange College of Technology was judged by Ofsted in 2006 to be “Outstanding” in every single category and “Outstanding” overall. The Academy received an Ofsted monitoring visit in January 2011 and was judged to have made “Outstanding Progress” since opening in 2009. The Academy received a full Ofsted inspection in February 2012 and again was awarded “Outstanding” in all categories and for overall effectiveness.

  • Overall Effectiveness OUTSTANDING
  • Achievement of Pupils OUTSTANDING
  • Quality of Teaching OUTSTANDING
  • Behaviour & Safety of Pupils OUTSTANDING
  • Leadership & Management OUTSTANDING

Outwood Grange Academy Ofsted Inspection, 8-9 February 2012
“The drive for the Academy’s success comes from the outstanding work of its leaders.”

We aim to:

  • Provide students and staff with a learning community which is safe and secure. “The excellent behaviour of students contributes to an outstanding climate for learning.” Ofsted 2012
  • Provide students with opportunity to succeed and turn this into life chances. “Students’ achievement is outstanding.” Ofsted 2012
  • Provide students with a learning environment which encourages them to pursue career pathways that will ensure they are self-supporting citizens of the future. “The overwhelming majority of students are successful in going on to education, employment or training after they leave the Academy.” Ofsted 2012
  • Provide education for all from age 11-19. “The Sixth Form is outstanding.” Ofsted 2012
  • Provide students with opportunities that will inspires, motivate and give all students access to a curriculum, both academic and through personal development, which allows them to achieve to their potential. Above all provide a learning experience that is enjoyed by all. “Outstanding teaching is at the root of students’ excellent achievement. Teachers have very high expectations and they provide challenging, interesting activities which considerably extend students’ skills of learning independently.” Ofsted 2012
  • Provide students with personal development opportunities which encourage good citizenship through an understanding of the contribution each of us can make to our communities, local, national and global. “Outwood Grange Academy provides an outstanding quality of education.” Ofsted 2012

In 2017, examination results were once again exceptionally high 84% of students achieved A*-C in both English and Maths.

2017 sees the introduction of 9-1 system rather than A*-C. As an Academy we are predicting that many students will secure a 5 or beyond in both English and Maths.

We are committed to providing high standards of education for students. Our Academy vision is ‘Students First.’ We put our students at the heart of everything we do, by focusing on ‘Raising Standards and Transforming Lives’. We simply believe that “#the whole point of schools is that children come first and everything we do must reflect this single goal.”