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Principal’s Report

Monday, 19 June 2017

It gives me great pleasure to write this first letter to you and express my delight and pride at being appointed as the new Principal of Outwood Academy City in Sheffield, a city I will always call home.

Over the past few years, as part of the Outwood Grange Family of Schools and under the dedicated leadership of Richard Brooke, Outwood Academy City has continued to develop into an academy that the community can be rightly proud of and, with these strong foundations in place, I am excited by this new chapter of the school’s history.

From my experience as a school leader I know what an important contribution parents make to the achievement of the student whilst at school and I look forward to working together to further develop the relationship between the Academy and parents for everyone’s benefit. I am looking forward to working with the whole community as we strive for even greater success for all our young people. By working together we can ensure that students enjoy their time at the academy, make excellent progress and leave us with the necessary skills and attitudes to lead successful and fulfilling lives.

Thank you in advance for your support as we continue to transform life chances of the young people of Sheffield.

Mr A Downing

Upcoming Events

June 2017

5 June – The Academy reopens to students
13 June – Praising Stars 5 Parents’ Evening
22 June – Key Stage 3 Awards Evening (by invitation)
28 & 29 June – Year 8 Graduation Ceremonies
29 June – Year 11 Prom

July 2017

5 July – Trutex Uniform Event
14 – 15 July – Year 8 Graduation Residential to Lea Green
18 July – Sports Awards Evening (by invitation)
24 July – the Academy will be closed to students for the summer holiday

Year 6 Transition – Dates For Your Diary

22 & 23 June – 627 Transition (by invitation)
27 June at 5:30pm – Year 6 Transition Parents’ Evening (for parents/carers who were unable to attend the event on 20 June)
28 to 30 June – Year 6 Transition
24 to 28 July – Summer School (by invitation)
1 August 10am to 3:30pm – Trutex Uniform Collection Day

For further information about Year 6 transition, please contact Ms Hissitt at the Academy on 0114 235 8120 or by email to enquiries@city.outwood.com.

The slides for Mr Downing’s Year 6 Transition Parents’ Evening presentation can be found below.

Trutex Uniform Selling Events

The final uniform selling event this academic year will take place on Wednesday, 5 July 2017 from 2:45pm to 5:30pm in the Sports Entrance. This will be an ideal time to purchase uniform for September. See the flyer below for details about the Academy’s compulsory uniform and prices.

Uniform can also be purchased online from the Trutex website using the Academy’s LEA code LEA00644SC.

FC Barcelona International Tour – 2018

We are delighted to offer another international Football tour of Barcelona. This fantastic experience offers everything you could wish for in a destination, having hosted the 1992 Olympic Games and also being home to one of the biggest football clubs in the world, it has a rich sporting heritage. We will be combing football with its cultural and educational features such as La Sagrada Familia and La Rambla. Throughout the tour our students will be based in a resort called Calella which has a lovely beach in walking distance and FC Barcelona is easily accessible enabling us to get the most out of training and the many attractions Barcelona has to offer. This exciting tour will give the young players at Outwood Academy City the opportunity to train with the expert professional youth coaches from FC Barcelona.

During the trip our footballers will benefit from 3 coaching sessions at the Estadi Complex where they will be treated like professional players and may even have the opportunity to observe the professionals. They will train on top quality pitches and will have the chance to try out their new skills playing a friendly match against a local team. Our footballers will also visit the Camp Nou stadium for a tour.

Follow Twitter for more updates @OutwoodCity.

See Mr Colliver or Miss Cardwell for further information.

Parent View

Parent View gives you the chance to tell us what you think about your child’s school.

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.

By sharing your views, you’ll be helping your child’s school to improve. You will also be able to see what other parents have said about your child's school.

Letters To Parents

Outwood Academy City – See For Yourself

Outwood Academy City joined the Outwood Grange Academies Trust in January 2014 and is continuing to build on its rapid transformation.

“The whole point of schools is that children come first and everything we do must reflect this single goal.” These are the words of Sir Michael Wilkins, Academy Principal and Chief Executive of Outwood Grange Academies Trust. Our Academy is on a journey of continued improvement and transformation and we want to share this with you, our community.

In 2014 our GCSE results were the best ever with 55% of our students gaining 5 A* – C grades including English and Maths. As you can see from the fantastic images on the website, in 2015 we smashed our previous results with an amazing 68% 5 A* – C passes at GCSE.

Do you want your child to share in this success and improve your child’s life chances?

We have an open door policy. We are happy to show potential students and their parents/carers around our Academy at any time. Come and visit all our subject areas and enjoy lunch with our students. We want you to see our Academy as it is each and every day. We don’t need a pre planned open day to showcase our fantastic Academy and the inspirational teaching and learning that takes place every day. Click the link adjacent to see a short video showcasing all the fantastic activities that take place in our Academy each and every day.

If you would like to visit please contact Reception on 0114 235 8120 or email enquiries@city.outwood.com and a Senior Leader will be happy to show you around.

Please note, if you are an existing parent and wish to discuss your child, please make an appointment through you child’s Learning Manager on 0114 235 8120 option 3.