Please be aware we have taken the decision to close the Academy from Monday 22nd June for a week as we have been advised that a member of our Academy community has been confirmed as having COVID-19. The closure is a precautionary measure and gives us the opportunity to undertake even greater cleaning of the buildings and site, and we hope to welcome key students back to the Academy from Monday 29th June 2020. All students and staff who may have been affected have been contacted, and whilst we have not made this decision lightly, it is borne of our absolute commitment to trying to keep our students, our staff and our community safe.
Effective from Monday, 23 March 2020, all schools will be closed until further notice. Work will be uploaded to Google Classroom for your child to complete which can be accessed by clicking the above 'School Closure' button. Here you will also find the latest updates regarding the closure. Thank you
From September 2019, the HPV vaccine will be offered to all young people aged 12-13. Getting the vaccine helps protect you against cancers caused by the Human Papillomavirus (HPV). For more information about the HPV vaccine please watch the short video clip below.
From Monday 4th March 2019 a free breakfast will be available to all of our students from 7:30am. Working with Magic Breakfast, we will be providing toasted bagels, cereals and fruit.
Having a healthy breakfast sets you up for the day and helps you to concentrate.
The right fuel for learning, every day.
The Academy would be grateful to receive any uniform in good condition that a student has outgrown and you have no further use for. We can use this as loan uniform. All uniform should be handed to the Student Information Desk where your child will gain pledge 10 if uniform in good condition is donated.
Outwood Academy Danum is a ‘Good School’ following our recent Ofsted inspection in December 2018. Ofsted said ‘The school is improving quickly and securely… the school has improved substantially in almost every area’.
We have had another fantastic year of GCSE and A Level results in summer 2019. Most of our Post 16 students are now attending university, we are extremely proud of them all for their hard work! Ofsted said ‘The effectiveness of the sixth form is good and underpinned by strong leadership, effective teaching and sound care and guidance.’
GCSE results were the highest ever achieved in the academy. 69% of students achieved grade 4 or above in both English and maths once again putting our academy as a top school in Doncaster. Half of students achieved strong passes, grades 5 or above in both English and maths- a fantastic achievement! I am particularly proud that students of all ability levels were successful, making excellent progress from their starting points making Outwood Academy Danum ‘well above average’ as an academy.
As an academy we care greatly about ensuring that our students are healthy, respectful and safe and develop into confident and caring young adults. We spend time teaching students how to interact with others in our collaborative learning classrooms and how to challenge themselves to begin new activities and to be the very best version of themselves that they can be.
We have a supportive and caring ethos, supporting students when they need it and ensuring that they feel that they are part of an extended family, feel safe and know which adults to go to if they need support.
We work with our students to ensure that they know how to be safe online, in the community and in school and Ofsted said ‘The promotion of pupils’ personal development and welfare is good’. ‘The arrangements for safeguarding are effective and a strong culture of safeguarding exists in the school’ they also said that ‘the strides pupils make in confidence, resilience, tolerance and ambition contribute greatly to their good attitudes to learning, strong work ethic and robust mental well-being.’ Most importantly, ‘pupils say they feel safe and they are confident that staff would help them, if they raised a concern’.
Teaching and learning in the academy is strong. Ofsted found that ‘Over time and currently, it is crystal clear that teaching is good and improving securely.’ ‘Teachers’ good subject knowledge and high expectations of what pupils are capable of, together with engaging and challenging teaching, inspire pupils to work hard and be ambitious for their futures.’ This means that students value their work and Ofsted commented on the ‘productive buzz’ they saw in lessons. Differentiation is used to ensure that ‘all groups of pupils are challenged and supported appropriately, including the most, and least, able pupils.’
At Outwood Academy Danum, we believe that every student can and should achieve the very best academic and personal targets they, as an individual, can. We believe in supporting students to be the very best version of themselves they can be in order to secure the very best life chances. Ofsted said that they found a ‘supportive and caring ethos’ in the academy and this reflects our goal of putting ‘students first’.
We are very keen to showcase the work we do with parents and carers and would welcome requests to visit the Academy – any time. Should you wish to take the opportunity to do this please contact Miss A Widdowson, the principal’s PA.
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.
Outwood Academy Danum has a new careers website . All students will be able to access this site and anyone with access to google apps will be able to take full advantage of all the content.
Consultation on a proposed reduction in the published admission number for Outwood Academy Danum, with effect from September 2021.
Our helping the community enrichment group would like to thank all staff and students who have supported The Eve Merton Dreams Trust this year. As an Academy we have raised £303.62. A fantastic team effort…..WELL DONE and THANK YOU!
Students in years 7, 8, & 9 have been celebrating their fantastic effort and commitment to reading during dedicated assemblies over the last two days. #KEEPREADING!
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Can parents/carers please ensure they are parking safely when dropping off and collecting students from the academy. Inconsiderate and/or illegal parking can be a danger to students, pedestrians and other road users. Thank you for your cooperation.
Please can parents/carers refrain from parking at Heatherwood School when dropping off and collecting students from the Academy. Also please do not park in the Wheatley Golf Club car park as parking at the Club without permission may be subjected to penalty fees.
If you are a former student of Outwood Academy Danum, we want to hear from you!
Your experiences since leaving could help to inspire our current students in making decisions about their future. We’d love you to join our alumni network and stay connected with the Academy.
We’ve partnered with the national education charity Future First, who specialise in helping academies like ours to stay connected with their former students.
You can choose how and when you help – perhaps you can act as a career and education role model, provide work experience or become a mentor.
It doesn’t matter when you left us, whether you’re in further education or employment, whether you still live nearby or have moved further away, there are still ways you can help.
In order to sign up, just follow this link and fill in the online form – we promise it will only take a couple of minutes.