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Welcome to Barnsley Academy...

As Principal of Barnsley Academy, I am delighted to welcome you to our website. I hope that it provides you with all the information you need about the academy, but more importantly, gives an insight into life here and enables you to celebrate with us the achievements of our incredible students, families and staff.

In the ever-changing world of education, we believe in keeping things simple. Our goal is to provide the very best school at the heart of its community. To achieve this, we are committed to the provision of personalised support for all of our students, helping them to achieve all that they are capable of and fulfilling their aspirations. The academy is also driven by a desire to work with parents and carers to develop an environment which provides a truly holistic and inclusive approach, generating high expectations and standards at every level.

Our Academy is sponsored by United Learning – a group of schools and academies which aims to provide excellent education to all children and young people across the country. As a United Learning academy, we are able to work within a national network of successful schools and offer more than any single school could. Working collaboratively enables all of United Learning’s schools and academies to bring out “the best in everyone” – students, staff, parents and the wider community.

We are a rapidly improving school that places our students at the centre of everything we do - something praised by Ofsted in our last inspection. Our staff are exceptionally hardworking and dedicated to improving the life chances and choices for all of our students and, as Principal, it is a privilege to work with such dedicated professionals and amazing students.

Steve Dixon




Latest News

Y7/8 and Y9 Rugby Squads 17 February 2017

Y7/8 and Y9 Rugby Squads

James Pirie

This incredible picture is of our Y7/8 and Y9 rugby squads who played in their respective tournaments last night at Shaw Lane.


Fantastic performances from both teams ensured that we won all of our games, with great performances from students who were playing competitively for the first time, to students who are seasoned veterans!

A very proud moment for Mr Pirie and Mr Parkinson to take 32 lads to a rugby tournament and dominate on this scale, something which the students must take all of the credit for. Please congratulate them if you see them today.

Artwork of the week 3 February 2017

Artwork of the week

Artwork of the week as created by Courtney Thompson in Year 8.

3 February 2017

School Newsletter

Please find attached the later edition of the student .......

Humanity In Motion 3 November 2016

Humanity In Motion

Anneka Read

In the build up to the half term break, over 75 students at Barnsley Academy collaborated with students from Sheffield Park and Sheffield Springs Academies to bring audiences two evenings filled with Performance including Dance, Drama and Music. The theme was 'Humanity in Motion' which moved from pieces set in the past, to the present , to the future to offer a glimpse of moments through time and things that we fear for the future. 

The show was a tremendous success with audiences of all ages giving positive reviews and it has enthused our students' ambitions to take part in even more enriching opportunities! A great platform for any student to take part in no matter their performance experience, for us to grow in confidence and to develop from each project to the next. Students are looking forward to creating new work and showing as many people as possible their talents. Our next show will be 'The Spirit of Christmas' on Wednesday 14th December 2016, watch this space for information, tickets and more... 

Y9 Rugby Success 14 October 2016

Y9 Rugby Success

Team PE

Another success story to start the day, and celebrate the achievements of our pupils:


Last night Mr Earp and I took our Y9 Rugby squad to Shaw Lane for their first competition of the year. This group of students have been working hard in lessons and enrichment time, so expectation was high that we would put in a solid performance. All of the lads gave 100% from the word go, and executed skills in defence and attack fantastically. We played 4 matches, winning all 4, with a record of 21 tries scored, and (even more impressively) 0 tries conceded.


Before the games I asked them to focus on shape and speed in defence, and they tackled with ferocity, particularly when under pressure on the line.


Even more pleasing for us was the incredible attitudes of the players - on the bus home I couldn't help but eavesdrop on the conversations they were having, in which they both commended each other and the opposition, and also talked about looking forward to the next challenge in order to improve further as a team.


Please congratulate these students if you see them.

Upcoming Events

Weekly Notice Board

Food Star

Hi here is technology's " food star" for the whole of this rotation.

It is Maddison Smith, who has worked independently and to a consistently high standard.

31 March 2017

Last weeks star of the week for science: 

Y7 -Amber Kaderja

Y8 -Mollie Young

Y9 -Lauren Kennington andHarvey CT

Y 10 -Olivia Tomes

Y 11 -Baron Davies

31 March 2017

Brilliant work and attitude from most of our students this week.

Our star workers are:


Kim Frostick

Dylan Taylor

Rio Coles

Crystal McCann


These students have put in great effort to move up a level on the Lexia program.

Well done from the LRC.
31 March 2017

10B2 – Well done to 10B2 who are working exceptionally hard completing mock exams and have outstanding attitudes to learning. You all demonstrate how you care about your upcoming exams and  have an in depth understanding of Blood Brothers  You are a pleasure to teach!


31 March 2017

From Mr Horsfield

Maths News

In Maths this week there has been some excellent work produced from numerous students. I have been really impressed by the commitment of Naomi Horner and Sophie Priestley in year 11 who as well as attending their after school sessions are striving to achieve success.


In year 10 Leah Allen has produced in depth work on Algebra maintaining a good attitude to learning throughout the week. Finally in year 7 really impressive attitude to learning from Megan Wombwell, Hayden Fisher and Jack Scales who have been working on percentages. Keep up the good work.

20 March 2017
Artwork of the Week

Kyle Benson and Maddison Smith, for their rock cakes.

17 March 2017

From English Team


7x3- Fantastic independent analysis of Shakespeare. You worked as groups and persevered when the language became difficult- well done!


10b1- Fantastic attitudes towards analysing Blood Brothers- you are a pleasure to teach!

17 March 2017

From LRC Team

Celebrating Success

Fantastic work from all our students this week.

Our star workers are:


Taylor Brindley

John Bedford

Phil Nyamayaro

Beth Skelton

Brandon Jones

Amber Pilkington

Tatiana Ernu



These students have put in great effort to move up a level on the Lexia program.

Well done from the LRC.

17 March 2017

Well done to Y10 and 11 dance groups who have been working hard on their Unit 1 solo piece for Miss Sullivan this week.


Well done to Chelsey Wheelhouse in Y10 for her work on the mental, social and physical benefits of taking part in physical activity in line with the relaunch of ‘This Girl Can’


Mr Pirie’s year 9 boys are getting their teeth firmly into netball at the moment, and in a couple of weeks should be ready to take on the unbeaten Y9 girls!

14 March 2017

Well done Y11 Health and Social Care keep up the enthusiasm with unit 1, some good understanding taking place in class, just need a final push on course work, come on you can do it - Mrs Robinson


Well done to those Y11's who have put some great efforts in with regards to revision!! This will pay dividends in the exam results!! - Mr Hadfield


(Y9) Courtney Wake, Alisha Wilkinson, Yazmin Steele and Natalie Hunton – all excellent work on the Holocaust.

Shane Horbury and Antony Adams (Y10) for some excellent detailed work on the conditions of the trenches during WWI.

As always - all Y11, keep up the hard work and attend every Wednesday for enrichment! - Mr Murrie


Owen Beasley Y11 – Excellent commitment towards exam practice and revision.

Jack Ward Y10 – Consistent improvement over a number of weeks with the answers in his book.

 - Mr May


Leon Beaumont and Callam Baker YR 10- So impressed with their interest and improved work ethic in History! Well done!

Liam Hawkes (YR 8)- Great contribution to class discussion in History! Keep it up!

 - Miss Catterill

10 March 2017

From Team PE

PE News

Big well done to Miss Halliwell’s GCSE PE group – the quality of work in lesson has been fantastic, and great AtL from all students!

Futsal season is nearly upon us, with fixtures for Years 7-11 taking place at the end of March/start of April

Well done to 10P girls who are playing Rugby Union in their lessons on a Friday with our Barnsley RUFC coach Dave Francis. Students will look at tackling this week in preparation for upcoming tournaments!

Thankyou to Barnsley Chronicle for profiling the success of student Lewis Hemingway, and detailing his trip to Twickenham last week to show off our new Rugby kit

10 March 2017

From Miss Taylor

English Praise

11-5: Well done to the students who have attended p6 and evening school this week- you are beginning to develop a positive approach to your GCSE!

8y3: A fantastic attitude towards your PEEK paragraphing this week. Keep this up! 
10 March 2017

From LRC Team

Achievements in LRC

Fantastic work and brilliant attitude from all our students this week.

Our star workers are:


Alfie Keen

James Lunn

Kirsty Bentley

Aboody Hasan

Morgan Hawcroft



These students have put in great effort to move up a level on the Lexia program.

Well done!
10 March 2017

From Nurture Team

Stars of the Week

Our nurture stars of the week are Tyler Denny and Chloe Cousens. Tyler continually has a fantastic attitude to learning and Chloe has made positive changes to her behaviour and attitude. 

10 March 2017

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