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End of Year Reflections

The Year 7s made a great start to their time at the academy; many acted as Student Ambassadors at our Open Evening back in September and have continued to take up similar opportunities to support the academy through sharing their experiences with others, most recently at the Year 6 Transition Parent Information Evening.

We have so many things to celebrate at the academy but some of the most memorable moments are the termly Accelerated Reader and, Numeracy and Literacy award ceremonies; recognising the progress some of our Year 7 and 8 students have made in these areas.

Continuing on the theme of celebration, our Year 8s donned traditional caps and gowns for their Key Stage 3 Graduation ceremonies earlier this month; a culmination of two years’ of dedication and effort shown to their key stage 3 studies. Graduates then enjoyed a fun filled two day residential to Kingswood – Peak Venture where they fostered many happy memories which we hope will last with them a lifetime.

Our Year 9 students have made an excellent start to their GCSE courses, showing the maturity and commitment expected of key stage 4 students. Earlier in the year, students were involved in the Ryman National Enterprise Challenge with six of our budding entrepreneurs going on to represent the academy at the national finals.

We have broadened our careers offer to all students this year and this has included our involvement in the national Higher Education Progression Partnership South Yorkshire Plus (HeppSY+) programme. Students in Years 9 and 10 have benefitted from our involvement through taking part in a variety of trips to the city’s universities, workshops with organisations like Dell. We look forward to this collaboration continuing next year.

Forging strong links with our community is important and we continue to build on this through our termly community lunches. Members of the local community enjoy a three course meal prepared by our talented Year 10 Catering students supported by Miss Rodgers, Mr Davis, Mrs Heath, Mrs Dawson and Mr Colliver. Even the Deputy Lord Mayor of Sheffield made time to sample the culinary delights.

The diligence and maturity shown by this year’s Year 11 students has been outstanding. Their attendance throughout the year to afterschool enrichments and holiday revision sessions, I firmly believe, will have equipped them well for their exams and we very much look forward to celebrating their achievements on Results Day. Befitting the occasion, we said our farewells at the Leavers’ Prom at Mosborough Hall and, on behalf of all of the academy’s staff, I would like to wish them every success for the future.

As one year group left us, we welcomed our Year 6 (soon to be Year 7) students on transition. Four busy and exciting days awaited them; introducing them to life at the academy. We look forward to seeing them for their first day in September.

One thing I believe makes Outwood Academy City so special is the celebration of our students’ achievements both in and outside of the classroom. Our annual awards evenings for both Key Stage 3 and 4 are brilliant events for recognising students who have not only excelled but who, against all odds, have demonstrated the resilience required to overcome challenges. Congratulations to all of this year’s winners and nominees.

Other incredible highlights include the Movement Evening; a celebration of musical, gymnastic and dance talent. Our elite athletes represented the academy at the first OGAT Family of Schools Elite Games and our immensely talented musical and theatrical students took part in the OGAT Arts Showcase at the York Barbican theatre in front of a sell-out audience of 1500.

May I take this final opportunity to remind you that the academy will close to students for the summer at 2:30pm on Friday, 20 July 2018 and will re-open to new Year 7 students on Tuesday, 4 September 2018 with all other year groups returning the following day, Wednesday, 5 September 2018.

Summer holidays are a special time for families and a chance for our young people to relax, recharge and have fun. Whatever you have planned, home or away, I wish you a very happy and a very safe summer on behalf of all of the staff at Outwood Academy City.

Please find a copy of my end of year letter in which I outline our expectations for the forthcoming academic year under Letters to Parents.

Mr A Downing

Calendar of Events

September 2018

  • 25 September – Year 6 Open Evening
  • 26 September – European Day of Languages & Year 9 Meningitis Vaccinations
  • 28 September – Parent Voice Immersion Day (click here for more details) and Macmillan Coffee Morning

October 2018

  • 2 October – Primary Space Day
  • 9 October – Year 11 Core Subject Evening
  • 16 October – Year 7 Parents’ Evening
  • 17 October – Careers Evening
  • 19 October – School Photos
  • Week Commencing 22 October – Praising Stars Reports will be issued
  • 26 October – Praising Stars E1 Brunch

Half Term Holiday: 29 October to 2 November

Upcoming Events



Academy uniform must be purchased from our uniform supplier, Trutex. Orders can be placed online through the Trutex website using the Academy’s LEA code LEA00644SC.

The academy is aware that some parents might be experiencing difficulties with their uniform order from Trutex. Please be assured that if this is the case student learning is our priority, and we will work with parents to minimise any anxieties this may cause.

Should you need to, please contact your son or daughter’s learning manager, for new Year 7 students this is Mrs Tapper, and they will advise and support, and wherever possible look to loan to students any missing items – so that we can get students in to lessons as normal.

Information About Private Fostering

Under the Children Act 1989, there is a legal requirement for local authorities to be notified of any private fostering arrangements. Children’s Social Care has a duty to undertake assessments and checks, and to provide support and advice to the child and to the private foster carer. In Sheffield, private fostering work is undertaken by the Families, Adopters and Carers Team (FACT), in Children’s Specialist Services.

The Advisory Service can be contacted on 0114 205 3535. Children’s Social Care can be contacted on 0114 273 4855.

Please see the fact sheet below for further information.

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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.

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