Outwood Academy Shafton

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About Outwood Academy Shafton

Name Outwood Academy Shafton
Website http://www.shafton.outwood.com/
Ofsted Inspections
Principal Principal Alison McQueen
Address Engine Lane, Shafton, Barnsley, S72 8RE
Phone Number 01226717730
Phase Academy
Type Academy sponsor led
Age Range 11-16
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1367
Local Authority Barnsley
Highlights from Latest Inspection


There has been no change to this school's overall judgement of good as a result of this ungraded (section 8) inspection. However, the evidence gathered suggests that the inspection grade might not be as high if a graded (section 5) inspection were carried out now.

The school's next inspection will be a graded inspection.

The principal of this school is Alison McQueen. This school is part of Outwood Grange Academies Trust, which means other people in the trust also have responsibility for running the school.

The trust is run by the chief executive officer, Martyn Oliver, and overseen by a board of trustees, chaired by David Earnshaw. There is also an executive principal, Cara Ackroyd, who i...s responsible for this school.

What is it like to attend this school?

Leaders have created a safe and welcoming environment for pupils.

Alongside academic studies, leaders give equal importance to developing pupils, who go on to become positive members of their community.

Leaders have worked to ensure that the school is inclusive. Staff teach pupils to be safe, respectful and responsible.

Since the disruption to routines caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the behaviour of the majority of pupils has improved. Leaders have reduced incidents of bullying and other acts of unkindness. However, the poor behaviour of some pupils in lessons impacts negatively on the learning of others.

Pupils benefit from the school's effective pastoral care. Leaders work alongside families to support pupils. The school provides a range of additional support, such as to promote pupils' keeping mentally healthy or to deal with anxiety relating to examinations.

Some pupils, particularly at key stage 3, take part in extra-curricular clubs which help to develop their talents and interests.

Too many pupils do not attend school regularly enough. Disadvantaged pupils miss more learning than their peers.

Due in part to pupils' absence, some pupils' knowledge of the curriculum is not as secure as the school would like.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

The school, with the support of the trust, has developed an ambitious curriculum for pupils across a range of subjects. Subject leaders adjust the curriculum to reflect the diverse needs of pupils in this school.

Leaders have thought carefully about what the most important knowledge is. They have decided in what order pupils should learn this new knowledge. Leaders ensure that important vocabulary and misconceptions are identified and used to inform lessons.

Staff use an agreed approach to teaching in lessons. Leaders have developed this based on research. The way that staff use the school's approach to teaching in lessons is inconsistent.

Leaders recognise this and provide staff with ongoing training. Pupils' experience in lessons is variable. A significant minority of pupils have not developed the body of knowledge and skills across the curriculum that leaders intend.

This is reflected in the GCSE outcomes for some groups of pupils.

The school has strong systems for identifying pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). Leaders provide teachers with detailed information about how to meet the needs of pupils with SEND.

Teachers use this information to adjust their teaching appropriately. If reading is a barrier for a pupil, they receive additional help that enables them to catch up with their peers.

Leaders analyse behaviour data regularly.

They act swiftly based on what this analysis tells them. Leaders have significantly reduced the number of pupils receiving a suspension for poor behaviour. While, for some groups of pupils, suspensions and other sanctions remain more frequent than the school wants, leaders have appropriate strategies in place to reduce these further.

Teachers actively teach pupils to behave positively using the school's behaviour curriculum. Despite this, a minority of pupils continue to experience lessons which are disrupted by the poor behaviour of their peers. This is most evident in younger year groups.

In some cases, there is inconsistency in how this poor behaviour is addressed by adults.

The school knows that improving attendance is of the utmost importance. Leaders have increased the capacity of the inclusion team to aid this issue.

They work with families to understand the causes of pupils' absence. When pupils return from absence, staff work with them to minimise the learning that pupils have missed. However, too many pupils are regularly absent from school.

Disadvantaged pupils are significantly more likely than their peers to be persistently absent. These pupils miss important learning opportunities and develop gaps in their knowledge. They do not make the progress of which they are capable.

Leaders promote the values and culture of the school. Initiatives such as 'random acts of kindness' reinforce this with pupils. Some pupils take part in extra-curricular opportunities, such as The Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme.

Leaders use experiences such as this to develop pupils' independence and resilience. Other pupils are proud of their roles as reading ambassadors or eco-warriors in the school. The school engages pupils in charitable work which allows pupils to contribute to the wider community.

Leaders at all levels are ambitious for pupils. They have a clear understanding of the school's current issues and are implementing their vision to bring about improvement. Leaders support staff well, including through high-quality training.

Staff are supportive of leaders' actions. The pandemic interrupted the school's work, in particular to improve behaviour and attendance. Leaders are working effectively with the school community to re-establish consistently high standards in these areas.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• Too many pupils, particularly disadvantaged pupils, do not attend school regularly enough. These pupils miss important learning and develop gaps in their knowledge.

The school, alongside parents and carers, should continue to identify and remove the barriers to pupils' regular attendance. ? Some lessons are disrupted by the poor behaviour of pupils. When this happens, pupils are not able to learn effectively.

Pupils develop gaps in their knowledge. The school should continue to work with staff and pupils to ensure that its expectations for pupils' behaviour are commonly understood and that instances of poor behaviour are dealt with effectively and consistently. ? There is inconsistency in how effectively the school's approach to teaching is used in lessons.

Some pupils do not develop the secure body of knowledge and skills that the school intends. The school should continue to work with staff, providing training which ensures that pupils receive a consistently high quality of education across the curriculum.


When we have judged a school to be good, we will then normally go into the school about once every four years to confirm that the school remains good.

This is called an ungraded inspection, and it is carried out under section 8 of the Education Act 2005. We do not give graded judgements on an ungraded inspection. However, if we find evidence that a school would now receive a higher or lower grade, then the next inspection will be a graded inspection, which is carried out under section 5 of the Act.

Usually this is within one to two years of the date of the ungraded inspection. If we have serious concerns about safeguarding, behaviour or the quality of education, we will deem the ungraded inspection a graded inspection immediately.

This is the first ungraded inspection since we judged the school to be good in January 2018.

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