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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

11 May 2017

Football Focus


17th March 2017


 ~Former Vice Chairman of Arsenal and the FA calls in at Barnsley Academy~


David Dein, former Vice Chairman of Arsenal and the Football Association, will be put on the spot when he makes a visit to Barnsley Academy this Monday  (20th March).


Organised by the charity Speakers for Schools, the event will see Mr Dein address over 100 year 10 students, with a presentation based around the phenomenal success of the Premier League.


Commented Barnsley Academy Principal Mr Stephen Dixon:


“We’re delighted to be welcoming David Dein to the academy and hearing his inspirational stories about the rise of the Premier League.”


For further information, please contact Nigel Barber on 07590 806 143.

11 May 2017



15th March 2017



 ~66 strong team win place at finals of national ‘Rock Challenge’~


A 66 strong team from Barnsley Academy has won the regional finals of the prestigious ‘Rock Challenge UK,’ with a performance helping to highlight the plight of refugees.


Held on Monday 13th February at XXX, in front of a packed house of family, friends and community members, the event saw the academy take on schools from across the North of England, with each school tasked with producing a five to eight minute performance, reflecting the personalities, concerns, hopes, dreams and interests of those taking part.


Rock Challenge itself is a series of performing arts events promoting healthy life choices. Supported by the Be Your Best Foundation, the annual event sees thousands of young people take part in three regional finals (Scottish, Northern and Southern), culminating in a grand UK National Final held in June.


As part of the challenge, teams up to 100 performers, 20 stage crew and 14 support crew (including student and teachers), choreograph their own dance-drama production, as well as designing and making their own sets and costumes and selecting and recording the medley of music for their soundtrack.


And on Monday, the Barnsley Academy team, made up of students from Years 7 to 10, wowed the judges (featuring specialists from the performing-arts industry) with their performance, ‘Lost Children,’ which told the story of a family of refugees, fighting to survive another day.


Not only did the academy win the Northern heat and a place in the grand final, to be held in Grimsby on 30th June, but the team was also awarded the following:


·       Award of Excellence for Concept (sponsored by Efficiency North)

·       Award of Excellence for Visual Enhancement (sponsored by Efficiency North)

·       Award of Excellence for Costuming Character (sponsored by Janome) 

·       Award of Excellence for Drama (sponsored by Garfield Weston Foundation)

·       Award of Excellence for Lighting (sponsored by T-Mec)

·       Award of Excellence for Soundtrack (sponsored by Zeamu Music)

·       Award of Excellence for Entertainment (sponsored by CEOP)


Commented Barnsley Academy Principal Mr Stephen Dixon:


“This is a fantastic achievement and testament to the hard work of all those involved, who have been rehearsing every week since November. Also special thanks to South Yorkshire Police, who sponsored the team’s t- shirts. We now look forward to cheering them on in June&

IKIC Final 4 May 2017

IKIC Final

Last night (03/05/17) at the awards evening Zoe Baker scooped Barnsley Academy first award for ‘Most Innovative Business idea 2017’. She’s had her business running for 2 years now and as worked really hard in her own time to develop and grow her business and we are really pleased that her hard work was recognised with an award.


We also had 2 other teams Bath Shakes and Odd Botts  representing the school at the awards evening that were praised for all their hard work and commitment to creating successful businesses.

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.

Upcoming Events

Weekly Notice Board

From Mrs Burkinshaw

English - Praise 10G2

10g2 have been absolutely amazing! (24/05/17)


For two hours, they have tested themselves – shown real resilience – and worked independently on key exam skills. I am genuinely proud of how hard they have worked – they deserve a huge well done.

26 May 2017

Fantastic work from all our students this week.

Our star workers this week are:


Jaden French

Maria Mastan

Paris Real

Alicia Berry

Tatiana Ernu

Niamh Astley

Jack Smith


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

Well done from the LRC.

22 May 2017
Tech Work of the Week

Here is this weeks work of the week, it is a fruit salad made by Charlie Mullett in year 7.

22 May 2017

From Mrs Burkinshaw

English - Excellent work

Year 11 (the majority of 11x2) have worked hard to achieve their target grade – and 3 students have exceeded it! Keep it up guys, you’ll do great in the exam


Well done 9g1! You have worked hard on a challenging independent evaluation task – and you have ALL made progress! 



22 May 2017

From Mr McNicholas

Positive Praise

11x3 – In recognition of their dedicated approach to class-based revision.

9p1 – In recognition of their resilience and thirst to challenge and improve.

9B1 – In recognition for their positive attitude and determination to improve the way they approach comparisons

10p3 – In recognition of their enthusiasm for the poetry anthology and their determination to produce clear and thoughtful comparisons.

22 May 2017

I want to say a massive well done and thank you to my 11D class on Wednesday and Fridays, for working so hard and really making the best effort they could with their English exams. I am so proud of you all. 

22 May 2017

“Congratulations to all the year 7 and 8’s whom took part in the Junior Maths Challenge on April 27th. We have just received the results and are overjoyed by 19 students whom have received an award. Well done! The following will receive a certificate in assembly.


Silver Award -

Shelby Gledhill - (1 mark from gold), Best in Year, Best in School – Y8

Grace Denton - Y8

Jack Galvin - Y7 - Best in Year


Bronze Award -

Tyler Jones - Y8

Milly Charlesworth-Constable

Zack Carver

Storm Coles

Yolanda Mayo

Nicole Otlewska

Paris Armitage


Mia Stubbings - Y7

Owen Algar

Oliver Simpson

Grace Lodge

Zak Hendley

Nathan Dale

Thandeka Duba

Abigail Marshall

Lauren Cook”

22 May 2017

Miss Henshaw – “Some outstanding progress made by year 10 in their recent mock exams, increased effort and motivation has led to some fantastic results. Special mention to Alex Mitchell, Caleb Deakin-Dickinson, Brandon Wombwell, Lauren Foster – massive improvement in grades!


Well done to all those year 11’s putting in 100% these last few weeks, making most of evening school and after school intervention to help them secure the best grades possible – keep going. Always available for any support you may need”


Mr Horsfield – “Excellent performances in the year 10 exams from numerous students with a massive improvement in both attitude and subject knowledge. Special mention to the following students Nicole Watson, Jake Van Der Hulst, Owen Oxley and Will Britton.


In Year 7 we have been looking at Properties of shape which has seen exceptional work produced from Niamh Astley, George Jackson and Jack Scales. Really impressed with students attitude to learning within class.


Year 11 have been working really hard since Easter with just a couple of weeks to go. Attend as many sessions as you can and make the most of the time you have left to prepare.“


Mr Richards – “Jordan Milnthorpe, 10bm2, fantastic effort in class and on homework has led to him making great progress this year.”


Mr Cave - "Massive improvement from 10G1 this week on probability, with multiple students making key contributions to lesson discussions such as Jack Green & Dion Dumbrell.


In Year 8 we've had a smooth transition onto shapes with a large focus on them independently investigating properties of shapes to work them out. So well done to everyone for having that perseverance even when the maths is getting difficult and a little hard to visualise. Special mention to Emily Peaker for outstanding attitude to progressing in lessons at every opportunity.


We've just finished working with Proportion in Year 7 which has proved to be a topic that most students have struggled to get their head round, however they've all made heaps of progress in the last week, so well done to everyone. Special mention to Sophie Bristow for overcoming those initial obstacles and persevering, and also Zak Hendley for consistently challenging himself where possible and making outstanding contributions to not only class discussions but to articulating problems for other students."

12 May 2017
Artwork of the Week

Here is this week's Art work of the week, it is a pencil drawing by Tyler O'Mally.

11 May 2017

Fantastic work from our students this week.

A record number have of students have moved up a level on the Lexia program.

Our star workers this week are:


Hannah Sefton

Tyrell Henry

Karolina Kopciuch

Lewis Roberts-Lunn

Keira Roberts

Jensen Knight

Pierre Mukendi


Well done from the LRC.

11 May 2017

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