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 8 Graduation Ceremonies
Wednesday 28th June, Thursday 29th June and Friday 30th June 2017
Year 11 Prom
Wednesday 28th June 2017
Year 11 Prom Breakfast
Thursday 29th June 2017 at 9:15am
Year 13 Prom
Friday 30th June 2017
Wednesday 5th July, Thursday 6th July and Friday 7th July 2017
Transition Parents Evenings
Tuesday 11th July and Wednesday 12th July 2017 4:00pm – 6:30pm
The Academy will be holding two parents evenings for current Year 6 (September 2017 Year 7 students). There will be a presentation and then an opportunity to meet a member of the senior leadership team and discuss your child’s transition into Year 7. Should you wish to make an appointment please contact D Nelson (Principal’s PA) on 01302 831385 ext:206. You will only need to attend one of the two evenings.
Tuesday 4th July 2017
A reminder to all Year 11 students that the Prom is on Wednesday 28th June 2017, please make sure you have collected your tickets. The prom breakfast will be starting at 9:15am on Thursday 29th June 2017, we would like you to come in for breakfast in your prom dress/suit to showcase your outfits to the Year 10 pupils.
We are at the start of exam season and to maximise revision time for pupils in Year 11 all students have been given a bespoke timetable based on the examinations they are sitting. It is vital at this stage that pupils are in school undertaking this important last minute revision with their subject teachers. Timetables change weekly to maximise time in subject areas before each examination. 100% attendance is vital.
The DFE official school leaving date for Year 11 students is Friday 30th of June. Students will be required to attend school until this date and to complete their ECDL qualification. Once this qualification is completed students may be eligible for study leave. Parents will be contacted by the Academy if this applies to their son/ daughter.
Good Luck to all of our students in years 10, 11, 12 and 13 taking examinations! We are extremely impressed by their focus and dedication.
Please can parents/carers refrain from parking at Heatherwood School when dropping off and collecting students from the Academy.
On Monday we took a group of Year 7 and 9 students to compete in the Doncaster Schools Athletics Championships, students performed well in the heat. All schools in Doncaster attended the event with 17 teams there in total.
The Year 10 rounders team showed excellent team work to become Doncaster Rounders Champions. Their groups stage match culminated in a tense game with Hungerhill, ending in a draw, where there was nothing to choose between the two.
Twelve Year 9 students have embarked on their first taste of university life. The selected students had a brilliant day exploring Sheffield University and receiving their first tutorial from a PHD student.