Year group updates - Term 2

Year 7

Once again our year 7 students have been amazing this term. They have been working hard in lessons and attending a variety of enrichment sessions, not to mention all of their out of school activities.

Praising Stars 2 Humanities Assembly was a celebration of successes so far and the following students were specifically recognised for their hard work, commitment and progress; Luke Gallienne Storey, Isabel Dawson, Amelia Beecher, Phoebe Bateman and Nicole Meyer. As a special surprise, we organised for all of their parents/ carers to attend so that they could join in with the celebrations. Students and parents/carers then enjoyed refreshments and cakes with the Principal, Mr P Haynes, Learning Manager, Mrs A Madeley, and SLT Link, Mr Mellor.

The Reward Lunch with the Principal was an outstanding success for both students and staff. 47 students (over 20% of the entire Y7 cohort) enjoyed being served lunch by the Principal as a reward for their brilliant Praising Stars effort grades (all attendees gained 9 or more E1s for effort at PS3). For some, it was their first time and others their second. All the students are working hard to repeat this success so that they can attend the event again at PS3.
A large number of year 7 students took part in evening Dance Show in February. The show was a great success and one that the students and audience thoroughly enjoyed. An extra pat on the back for the boys who took part. Come on boys we need more of you!

As a year group, we are very proud to consistently have the best attendance within the academy. However, as you know, we pride ourselves on having high expectations and so we are still not where we need to be! 97% is the academy target but to achieve this we need to all aim for 100% for the remainder of the academic year.
And finally, we would like to mention a couple of our students for their achievements outside of the academy. Reggie Beak recently participated in an all-night ‘singathon’ with Barnsley Youth Choir and contributed to raising £17,000. Also, Corey Westwood recently performed at the Shaftesbury theatre in London through the Pauline Quirke academy.


Year 8

Year 8 students have been doing amazing things both in and out of lessons. They are all working hard to achieve their pledges and maintaining a positive attitude towards graduation.
Here are some of Year 8’s achievements so far:-

Alicia Winrow – Achieved her Black Belt in Karate
Praising Stars Assembly – Humanities - Oscar Banham, Alyssa Watson, Mary Severn, Lewis Clegg, Mackenzie Colwell, Keil Bouttell

Praising Stars winners – parents came into school to watch assembly and celebrate afterwards with refreshments and cakes. It was lovely for all who took part and both parents and students commented on how wonderful they thought it was to support and praise their children.

Praising Stars Reward Lunch – All of these pupils attended Lunch with the Principal as they had all achieved a minimum of 9 E1’s in Praising Stars 2 – Tyler Mirfin, Mary Severn, Isha Austin, Connor Owen, Libby Simpson, Tia Dodson, Erin Longfield, Ibrahim Sheikh, Amber James, Brad Musgrave, Elizabeth Smith, Alyssa Watson, Jordan Wibberley

Year 8’s took part in a Barnsley Market Trading Event as part of the ‘Big Challenge’, giving students the opportunity to work in various roles within a market and have the opportunity to sell their goods. We are part of the ‘Big Challenge’ competition and 4 teams have entered. The students that took part were Alexander Hibbert, Andrew Harris, Brad Musgrave, Brandan Mepham, Caitlin Cadman, Connor Owen, Corey Hayward, Daniel Smith, George Waddington, Jacob Wilson, Jordan Wibberley, Kyle Beardshall, Lennon Gregory, Oscar Banham, Ralph Farrar, Tyler Mirfin

The Teams are: – The Melties,
The 4 Musicians,
The Rubber Bandits,
Cream Cookies.
Between all the groups they made approximately £75, which was a fabulous achievement.

One group came second (‘The Rubber Bandits’) and were given £15 towards their business.
We have another chance to sell in March. We are hoping to set up some selling opportunities
within school during break and lunch leading up to this. Miss Heyworth and the students were all very nervous to start with but really enjoyed their time on the market.

A special reward with the Principal was held for Andrew Harris as he had taken part in the above challenge and following this we received the email below from a member of the public.

“Today my mother and I visited Barnsley markets and come across Outwood students selling a crafts and cakes etc. . I came across a cake stall with one of your students Andrew Harris, I want to take the time to say what an amazing young man you have. His parents should be very proud and also you as a school. He made my mum laugh for the first time in a long time, in fact we have both been laughing all afternoon! He was very polite, excellent salesmanship and a credit to you. I believe this boy should be told how happy he has made two people and to never ever change who he is. I hope this will get passed on to him and his family.”

Mr Haynes invited Andrew and his mum for hot chocolate and cakes as a surprise to Andrew.


Year 9

During the course of this term, year 9 students have demonstrated great ardour and resilience towards their learning. It has been wonderful to see this diligence, as we approach the mock exam period of their GCSEs.

In January, twelve year 9 girls attended the Joana Burns Girls in Maths event at Sheffield Hallam University, an exclusive opportunity to explore the uses of mathematics and inspiring them to pursue maths at Higher Level Education. A huge well done to Melody Ashford, Ellie Aspinwall, Felicity Baker, Maddie Barnett, Amiee Bostwick, Fallon Doherty, Holly Leigh, Lily Martin, Megan Ridsdel, Phoebe Wells, Jessica Winstanley and Millie Wright.
The parents and carers of Christopher Smith, Georgia Mae Gough, Dylan Farthing, Oba Adekoya, Phoebe Wells, Jonathan Wightman, Josh Schofield and Tom Hartley came to surprise their children at our Praising Stars assembly. We all celebrated afterwards with refreshments and cakes. Congratulations to all and keep up the hard work!
During half term, a number of our pupils attended a skiing trip to Austria. They all did superbly and represented the academy very well. They learnt lots of new skills and developed their resilience. Great work to Benjamin Ackroyd, Joshua Charlesworth, Georgia Dolan, Lily Martin, Josh Schofield, Aiden Simpson, Harrison Wagstaff, George Whittaker and Millie Wright.

It is vitally important for us at Outwood Academy Carlton that students are free to develop their creativity and skills within the arts sector. A number of our students took part in a movement workshop, ran by Qdos Dance Company, exploring a variety of dance techniques and creative choreography methods. Students involved were: Robert Pislaru, Toni Levitt, Libby Jones, Felicity Baker, Callum Burnett, Sophie Sanders, Anthony Owen, Phoebe Wells and Georgia Gough.

As we closed Praising Stars 2 reports, we had a number of pupils that were invited to attend the Principal’s reward lunch for achieving more than 7 E1s. Again, huge congratulations to Felicity Baker, Madison Foye, Jianing Jobson, Lily Martin, Joshua Schofield, Phoebe Wells, Soley Cox, Joshua Ward, Isobel Hall, Paige Lassu, Piper-Leigh Neilson, Jonathon Wightman, Melody Ashforth, Lewis Carpenter, Olivia Donner, Lexy Garside, Anthony Owen.

Lastly, we would like to say a huge well done to Emma Bell, Leah Tomes, Jess Shepherd and Beth Shepherd for their random act of kindness towards a member of the local community. She has contacted Outwood Academy Carlton to say thank you for her lovely present and card, as she left her role in the local supermarket.


Year 10

Our year 10 students’ enthusiasm and motivation towards learning this term has been clear to see. It has been great to see so many of them working hard in lessons and attending those vital enrichment sessions that we know will accelerate their progress.

The proud parents and carers of William Green, Viktoria Zame, Amber Street, Lewis Field, Sophie Waite and Matthew Womersley surprised their award winning children by attending their Humanities Praising Stars assembly and enjoying tea and cakes with the Principal.

A huge congratulations to Cerys Austin, Sophie Waite, Toni Foster, Darcie Wilson, Chloe Byrom, Bethany Harris, Ellie Martin, Jade Papworth, Olivia Parker, Amber Street and Jordan Tate, who had lunch with the Principal in recognition of their consistent effort and focus in lessons and achieving nine or more E1’s at praising stars 2!

Year 10 students are thinking about life after Carlton and their career path by exploring the many Post 16 pathways and higher education routes through the heppSY (Higher Education Progression Partnership South Yorkshire) programme and other events within our careers programme.

Students who took part in a Medical taster session at Hull York Medical School successfully explored the mechanics of the human anatomy, discovered careers in Medicine and the Health Care profession and toured the university campus. For some this was a first and definitely inspired them to think about taking a higher education route later in life.

Miss Wedgwood’s Hospitality and Catering students had an inspiring visit to The Open Kitchen at Barnsley College where they explored the facilities and discussed careers within the sector as well as experiencing being served a two course meal by Barnsley College students in a professional setting. Our students were thrilled to see a familiar face and ex Outwood Academy Carlton student Alex Donner!

The trip was a great success and enjoyed by all! A member of the public commented on how well behaved our students were and that they had reassured him that teenagers can be a credit to society.
Year 10 have been incredibly busy and there is more coming their way! It is National careers week, week commencing 5th March which will be the focus for assemblies and students will be taking part in various inspiring careers activities such as PUSH, an interactive workshop with a focus on employability.

Students are working hard to improve their attendance in the knowledge that this will have a huge positive impact on their attainment. Well done to all students that strive to attend every day. We need to hit the 97% target so keep going!

Caroline Bassett


Year 11

What a great end to the Christmas Term! Staff v Students 5 a side football match. The Yr 11 students Blade McNicholas, Matthew Exley, Alex Rollinson, Josh Turner and Connor Rushforth took on staff -Mr Williams, Mr Simpson, Mr Tate, Mr Johnson, Mr Clewarth, Mr Kotylo, Mr Lockwood and Mr Charlsworth – in a very entertaining game where Man of the Match was Mr Simpson who scored 3 goals. This not only showcased the superb talents of all who took part but the excellent relationships between staff and students both in and out of a classroom setting.

This term, Yr 11 have exceeded all expectations and targets that have been set for them yet again. They truly are an amazing set of resilient students who show in every lesson how important their own personal targets and aspirations are to them. The latest mock results highlight the achievements of individuals and also allow us to ensure the support is in place for each and every student. In recognition of the hard work done, students received praise letters home and there have been numerous Praise Board rewards lunches with the Principal.

On Friday 2 February, we held the Year 11 Praising Stars assembly where the following students were recognised in Core subject areas for their hard work, resilience and determination: Craig Naylor, Tori Gray, Libby Ellis, Frankie Dolan, Olivia Smith, Morgan Swindells, Brandon Worrall, Georgia Mae Waddington, Gaje Briscoe, Billie Nowodny, Tom Firth, Lauren Dixon, Louise Farrow, Amy Fleetwood, Adam Clarkson, Jordan Williams, Kara Hayward, Ellie Gibson, Keeley Johnson, Nathan Walton. The following two students won the Principal’s award: the Rising Star award went to Georgia Arnold and the Supernova award was given to Cody Broughton. Parents/Carers came into school to watch the assembly and celebrate with their children afterwards with refreshments and cakes.

On Friday 9 February, students celebrated with Mr Haynes, Academy Principal, and Mrs Shaw, Yr 11 Learning Manager, in recognition of their outstanding effort in all lessons. These students achieved 9 or more E1s on their PS2 reports. The pupils celebrating this were: Jordan Willliams, Kimberley Chappell, Lauren Dixon, Lisa Marie Crawshaw, Olivia Holland, Victoria Adekoya, Joshua Levitt, Kara Hayward, Sarah Green and Stevie-Leigh Lill.

Students are attending enrichment sessions daily and numbers have risen over the past few weeks. These enrichments are available to all students and ensure that students have the best chance of achieving their own goals and targets. Staff throughout the academy work tirelessly to ensure sessions are delivered to a high standard for all whilst also identifying individuals’ needs. We are moving in to a very busy term starting with mock exams at the beginning of March. To help parents/carers support their children we are holding an English/Maths/Science and Humanities Information evening with revision assistance.