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The summer exam season has started!

External exams for Year 11 this week are as follows:

IGCSE English – Tuesday, 5th May (am)

BTEC Performing Ards – Wednesday, 6th May (am)

Please ensure that students involved attend the Academy promptly on their exam days.

Welcome to Barnsley Academy...

Executive Principal’s Welcome

I am both proud and privileged to be leading Barnsley Academy during a period of transition, development and improvement. I was welcomed into the school community in May 2014 and, since that time, I have worked in partnership with school staff, our local community and professional partners to ensure that our Academy is moving rapidly towards becoming a good school.

Our Academy is sponsored by United Learning – a group of schools which aims to provide excellent education to all children and young people across the country. As a United Learning academy, we seek to improve the life chances of all the children and young people we serve and make it our mission to bring out “the best in everyone” – students, staff, parents and the wider community.

We are committed to all of our students receiving personalised support to ensure that each one of them is able to make the progress we know they are capable of. At the heart of our practice is a desire to work with parents and carers to develop an environment which provides a truly holistic and inclusive approach which fosters high expectations and standards at every level.

Our newly formed Senior Leadership Team is excited by the challenges ahead and is uncompromising in its pursuit of excellence as we know that each of our students deserve the very best education we can offer and, it is with this aim, that we are determined to serve our own community.  

Nikki Shaw 


Latest News

1 May 2015

Sir Michael Graydon Visit

Nikki Shaw

Last week we were visited by Sir Michael Graydon who is the Group Board of United Learning’s Board of Trustees. Sir Michael was previously Deputy Chair of the UCST Board, a Foundation Board member and UCST/ULT Executive Board member, Sir Michael Graydon retired as Chief of the Air Staff after 40 years in the Royal Air Force in 1997.  He was Non-Executive Director of Thales UK plc from 1999-2011 and is currently Advisor and Consultant to EADS Germany, Chairman Symbiotics. He is also Vice- Patron of the Air Cadet Council, a Vice-President of the SSAFA and RNLI, Chairman of Sutton’s Hospital in Charterhouse, President of Battle of Britain Memorial Trust, Vice-President Council Wycliffe College, Governor ESU and Chairman of the Lincolnshire Branch of the ESU. 


During his visit to the academy Sir Michael met a number of our students including: Joe Borrow, Natasha Bell, Eleanor Norman, John-Gordon Lane, Heather Dunn, Josh Souber, Loma Fulton, Shannon Copeland and Ewan Anderson. Sir Michael thoroughly enjoyed his day with us and made the following comment:


“All of the students had something to say, and it was well worth hearing; there is no better way to show off the school than by the students, and I congratulate them all.” 

14 April 2015

Residential Trip Y9, Y10, Y12 & Y13

Psychology Team

Please find attached poster and letter with regards to a residential trip for Y9, Y10, Y12 & Y13 Psychology Students.


The trip will involve:

·         A visit to Bethlem Royal Hospital; The Museum of the Mind.

·         A workshop in Forensic psychology, Hypnotherapy or Psychoanalysis.

·         A visit to The Freud Museum.

·         A one night stay at the Royal National Hotel.

·         Dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe


Click on the title for further information!

27 March 2015

Y12/13 Easter Revision Timetable

Mark Aveyard

The following sessions will be run through the Easter holidays to enable Year 12/13 students to access focused revision and catch-up time in specific subjects. Lunch will not be provided, so students are advised to bring their own lunch and eat it in the main Dining Room, as the lunch break will be not be long enough to leave the premises and return in time for the afternoon session.


Please click on title for timetable.............

On Track To Achieve 27 March 2015

On Track To Achieve

Dame Kelly Holmes Trust

Y10 & Y11 Futsal Match 17 March 2015

Y10 & Y11 Futsal Match

On Wednesday a group of 30 Year 10 and 11 students (5 teams) competed at a Barnsley Schools Futsal tournament at Horizon ALC. All of the students participating represented the Academy excellently, and there were some fantastic skills on show, with a plethora of goals from all teams leading to a number of victories over opposing schools.


The group stages lead to the final of our C team versus Penistone A team. After a tense and heated battle, Reece Tattersall bagged the winner for our lads to claim the victory, and progress to the South Yorkshire finals in Sheffield.


Attached is the picture of the winning team. L-R Charlie Harvey, Reece Tattersall, Nathan Bunting (MoM), Josh Greaves, Stevie Berry, Jake Fenton


Weekly Notice Board

From Nikki Shaw

Postcards Home

Well done to the following student for receiving postcards home this week: -

Ciara Lane Y7

Holly Bedford Y7

James Booler Y7

Harvey Worstenholme Y7

Chelsea Brown Y9

Elliemarie Lockwood Y9

Sarika Marsden Y9

Rhiannon Kitching Y10

1 May 2015

From Jayne Whitehead

French GCSE

Mrs Whitehead will be available to do practice Listening and Reading Comprehension Papers on Tuesday 5th, Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7the next week at 3:00pm in preparation for the examination on Tuesday 12th May. It is vital that pupils practise as much as possible. Additional papers are available from Mrs Whitehead or on the AQA web-site. 

1 May 2015

From Jayne Whitehead

Germany Trip

Parents/Carers are reminded that the full and final balance for the visit to Cologne in June is now due to be paid to Mrs Ralphs on Main Reception.

1 May 2015

From Camille Bendell


Our PSHE All Stars Team this week are:

Katy Dickinson7R

Elizabeth Tonge for 7V

Neve Fellows 8I

Rebecca Bell 8O

Lucy Moss 8V

Michaela Sivakova 9B

Adam Johnson 9Y

Zoe Baker   90

Katie Holland Wingrove 10G

Beth Taylor 11O

Diana Dube 11G

Well done for your continued contributions and commitment to learning in PSHE time.

1 May 2015

From Jane Hutchinson



'A safer community for all.' That was the message when Barnsley Academy played host to South Yorkshire Police on Wednesday 29th April. As part of the Personal, Social and Health Education aspect of the curriculum, academy students took part in a number of workshops with the police, focusing on community and personal safety, respect for others and tackling anti-social behaviour. The day was supported by the band “Suddenly Us” who did a great job in getting the messages through to the students.  Thank you to all who were involved.

1 May 2015

From .

Social Science Blog

We have been busy helping our Y11s to be fully prepared for their exams in all social science subjects – catch ups and support is available any night on request. Y13s have also been to Dublin on a trip organised and planned by the class. They have demonstrated excellent responsibility, team work and commitment. Whilst on the visit they were able to visit the National Leprechaun Museum where we learnt about folk tales and history of Ireland.


Our superstars this week are:


Abbie Whitfield Y7 for excellent work about women in WWI.

Holly Bedford Y7 – Fantastic efforts in History class.

Neve Fellows and Rebecca Hudson Y8 - Fantastic effort in the end of block assessment.

Travel and Tourism

Katie Clutterbuck, Shannon London and Lucy Findlow Y13 for the amazing way they represented the Academy on our residential trip to Dublin.


Jack Elliot – Y8 for his excellent effort in PTE.

1 May 2015

From Jane Hutchinson

Reward Scheme

VIVO Miles Student Reward Scheme

Education is about all-round development. Part of this is encouraging good behaviour, giving recognition to children when they do well and motivating them to achieve more. We have therefore improved our reward system by introducing Vivo which is already used at many schools like ours.

Vivo enables us to provide points, or Vs, to reward positive behaviour. Children can save up their Vs in a personal account and exchange them for a range of items through our on-line 'shop', which we are currently developing.

Importantly, Vivo gives you the opportunity to see the progress your child is making and to celebrate, with us, their successes.

Join other parents/carers in seeing how it all works by contacting the academy on admin@barnsley-academy.org with your child’s detail, which we will verify and send you a login.

You can log on at www.vivoclass.com

1 May 2015

From Attendance Team

Attendance Blog

We are delighted to welcome into school our new Education Welfare Officer.  Her name is Clare Goodliffe and she will be working at Barnsley Academy every Wednesday and Thursday during term time. Clare is a fabulous addition to the attendance team and she will be working closely with us to ensure that the school continues to see improvement in attendance. On that note, as we are now entering the holiday season, we would encourage parents and carers wherever possible not to take their children out of school during term time for family holidays.  We have to remind parents and carers that fines can be issued for unauthorised leave during term time. Should you wish to discuss this or any other attendance issue, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01226 574117 / 574213 or via the main school number.  We’re always here to help and offer advice if you need it!

1 May 2015

From Jane Caulfield

School Kitchen Promotions

Mix & match grab & go items, such as half baguette, dessert & bottle of water all for £1.85.

Look out for our meal deal stickers

1 May 2015
Picture of the Week

From Art & Technology

Picture of the Week

Art work for the week is a portrait of Miley Cyrus drawn by Caitlin Hume.

Well Done!

1 May 2015

From Olivia Barnard

LRC News

Following on from the successful re-launch of the Learning Resource Centre, we now have a fabulous new collection of books and magazines.Titles include Dork Diaries, Minecraft, Horrible Histories and many more. Why not come in and check one out?


Students can borrow 3 books for up to 3 weeks, or come along and have a read at break and Lunch. We also have various clubs running 3 -4 including homework club Monday and Wednesday, and games club (PC and board games) on a Friday.

1 May 2015

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