A massive welcome back to the new academic year! Our students have made a wonderfully positive start to the year and have really impressed staff with their effort, attitude and focus in lessons. Around the academy, uniform has looked absolutely perfect and I would like to thank families for their support with this. It is also fantastic to see so many students in the academy and attendance so far is the best that it has ever been and well up on the same period last year – Every minute of every lesson counts!
We are, yet again, celebrating the academy’s best ever set of GCSE examination results. further establishing the academy as one of the top performing schools in the borough. 63% of students gained 5 A*-C grades including English and Maths, rising from 52% last year and 29% in 2014! Our students made more progress than any other school in Barnsley and well above the national average. Though the government has changed the way in which schools are measured this year, which can be quite confusing, Outwood Academy Carlton has improved significantly in all of the measures, new and old.
I would like to say how immensely proud we are of all of our students. They worked so incredibly hard and these fabulous results are testament to all their commitment and effort- it has really paid off! We would also like to thank our parents and families for their continuous support. Final thanks goes to the incredible staff here at the academy, who teach and support our students with a huge amount of dedication and care. I would like to share some real stand-out successes for some of our students: Matthew Leech-Gerrard achieved 11 A* grades, Robert Leech Gerrard 10 A* and 1 A grade, Thomas Allonby and Luke Lloyd 7 A*and 3 A grades, Shania Rimmington 5 A* and 4 A grades and Lily Price 6 A* and 4 A grades. What an incredible achievement for these bright youngsters! In total, the academy has more than tripled the number of top grades our young people are achieving in just two years!
The success of last year’s Y11 was replicated by our new Year 11 who start their last year with us with an incredible 280 GCSEs already banked at Grade C and above. Many students achieved multiple GCSE passes and several students achieved 3 or even 4 A*/A grades! This is a brilliant starting point for this year group. I am so excited for them and for the success I know that they will have this year.
Our new Year 7 have also made a great start: they have settled in quickly, look smart and are working hard in lessons. I am delighted that year 7 is the largest year group in the academy, demonstrating that we are becoming an increasingly popular choice for secondary education in Barnsley.
We welcome parents and families to visit on our Open Evening which takes place on October 5th from 5pm.
Wishing all our students a wonderful term ahead!
This was an exciting opportunity for our students to find out about life after year 11, the different progression pathways available to them and to support them in making informed decisions about their future.
Congratulations to our Y11 students 2015/16, who achieved the best results in the history of Carlton or either of its predecessor schools!
Students, staff and parents may be aware that Sir Michael Wilkins is retiring at the end of this academic year as Academy Principal & Chief Executive of Outwood Grange Academies Trust.
In May 2016, Suzie Day (Associate Assistant Principal responsible for Attendance) presented the 'Attendance Matters at Outwood Academy Carlton Strategy' to all secondary schools in Barnsley as a model of good practice.
Two Karate students were successful in achieving a grant from South Yorkshire Sport as part of their "talented Athlete Programme" which goes to try and support talented athletes financially. Both received £200.