I am delighted to have the opportunity to welcome you to the very first blog on our new Outwood Academy Danum website. Danum Academy converted to Outwood Grange Academies Trust on 1 September 2016, and alongside this the Academy is delighted to share that we saw significant improvements in examination results at GCSE and another year of excellent outcomes at Post 16.
The GCSE results showed a significant increase of 18% compared to 2015, and 48% of Year 11 students secured five A* to C grades at GCSE including English and maths. Other notable highlights at GCSE include art, photography, graphics and geography securing performances significantly above the national average – which is testament to the hard work of students and staff.
Alongside the excellent outcomes over the summer you may have noticed a number of physical changes to both the site and the buildings. All Danum Academy signage has been replaced, the car park re tarmacked and considerable internal works have been undertaken. All the ground floor has been redecorated, the learning environment for students improved and a twenty first century climate for learning created.
Parents and carers may also be aware that all students in Years 7 to 11 have relocated to the Armthorpe Road site and the Leger Way site is now dedicated to our Post 16 students. This change has reinforced the commitment to securing the best outcomes for all our students and they have responded positively to this change. All aspects of Outwood Grange Academies Trust systems and policies have been adopted and students and staff are universally positive about these changes; which put students at the heart of everything we do.
Events we have hosted during the first half term include an open evening for Year 6 children, an information event for Post 16, a maths and English event to promote the work of Camps International. It has been a busy start to the academic year, but I am delighted with the progress we are making towards becoming outstanding.
Year 11 Mock Examinations
Monday 16th January 2017 – Wednesday 25th January 2017
Year 8 into 9 Guided Pathways Evening 6pm
Monday 23rd January 2017
We are delighted to share that Sam Merritt has been selected for the 23rd Summer Deaflympic Games, which will take place in Samsun, Turkey in July 2017.
Outwood Academy Danum hosted a celebration mathematics assembly following a recent set of assessments. Mrs Gaunt, the Principal and Mrs Phillips, director of mathematics led the assembly and individual students were rewarded with certificates.
The Minster Church in Doncaster town centre was packed to the rafters this week as we gathered for our annual pyramid family of schools carol concert.