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School Closure

Effective from Monday, 23 March 2020, all schools will be closed until further notice. Work will be uploaded to Google Classroom for your child to complete which can be accessed by clicking the above 'School Closure' button. Here you will also find the latest updates regarding the closure.
If you are having problems accessing the google classroom please email: google@bishopsgarth.outwood.com

Thank you

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*Updated 18.5.2020 – Support for Home Learning during Academy closure

We will continue to communicate to parents and carers using SMS messaging. Additionally we will post updated on our social media feeds (Twitter and Facebook) as well as on here.

Yesterday (Sunday 10 May 2020),The Prime Minister announced that the government believes that it may
be in a position to implement a phased approach to reopening schools from 1 June 2020 starting with children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 and then progressing to Year 10 and Year 12. This is a part of the government’s conditional plan which will remain under regular review.
It is important that we communicate with you to let you know of our plans, once they are developed and in order to answer the many questions that you may have.

It is important to note that schools are currently legally closed and only open to provide childcare for the children of critical workers, i.e. those children that have already been attending school so that their parents can provide frontline services and vulnerable children. We know that for many of you, you will have the pressures of your own return to work and managing childcare but ask for your understanding and support as we continue to prioritise these key
groups. The safest place for children is still at home.

  • A new guide has been added on how to use google classroom.

Teachers will set work on the google classroom in line with the normal timetable week for students. All work as a result will have a submission date for the work to be completed by. Students can ask questions about the work in the classroom.

If your child cannot log in to google classroom please contact:
google@bishopsgarth.outwood.com

We are constantly reviewing the provision of work, and as a result hard copies of work will be posted to all children who have identified that they need this prior to when the Academy closed or via the recent questionnaire that was sent via SMS on 20.4.2020.

The Department for Education has also recently published a list of online educational resources to help children to learn at home. These websites have been identified by some of the country’s leading educational experts and offer a wide range of support and resources for pupils of all ages. The link can be found below.

Additionally, OGAT has worked wit a number of national partners to produce home learning lessons. These are an excellent way of supporting your child’s learning. Some of the topics may not match the work in the google classroom but they are an interactive way to consolidate knowledge of topics that were covered a while ago, or to tackle new topics of interest. These are an online resource so internet access is required. The link to the Oak National Academy site is below.

Finally we have placed additional activity links below. These will support your child’s learning across a range of subjects but through a more creative approach.

Year 11 only:
The government plan to release GCSE grades as planned in August. Please discourage your child from contacting their teachers at the academy to request these. No grades will be shared with students until their publication later in the summer. Students can start to do some preparation work for college courses, or explore some of the careers guidance that is provided below.

Transition Update for New Y7 Intake September 2020

Parents of all Year 6 students due to Transition to Outwood Academy Bishopsgarth in September 2020:

At this time we are unable to offer any additional information in relation to transition for Year 6 students due to join the Academy in September 2020. We understand this is a difficult time and you will have many questions regarding next steps. We would like to ensure you that we are doing all we can as an Academy to plan for the future. We are currently following government advice and guidance and will be in contact with the Local Authority to agree any plans.

We will inform Year 6 parents/carers at the earliest opportunity of any updates.
Thank you for your patience.

About Us

Ofsted rated: Good
Outwood Academy Bishopsgarth is a medium sized academy located on Harrowgate Lane in Stockton on Tees. We are extremely proud of our tradition of serving the families of the community of Stockton and surrounding areas. The predecessor Bishopsgarth School joined the nationally renowned Outwood Grange Academies Trust in November 2016.
Associate Principal – Mrs Hutchinson-Jones

2019 GCSE Results

Outwood Academy Bishopsgarth report the best results in the history of the school! 52% of students achieved a grade 4 or above in both English and maths – this represents a phenomenal increase of 15% over the last two years!
English results were outstanding with 67% attaining a 4 to 9 grade 60% of students also passed maths at a grade 4 or above. Four students accomplished the amazing accolade of attaining the grade 9 qualifications across English, maths and science! Only a very small percentage of students nationally will achieve a grade 9.
A number of students achieved outstanding progress by attaining a grade or more higher than predicted across all of their GCSE subjects. An achievement reached by their hard work and commitment to their studies!
Steve Merifield, Principal, said, “These results illustrate a rapidly improving Academy and one that is raising standards and transforming the lives of young people. I am extremely proud of our students and they fully deserve their achievements. They have clearly shown that hard work equals success. Thank you to all students, staff, governors and all at Outwood Grange Academies Trust”.
Mark Hassack, Executive Principal said “This is a school which is simply transformed and the increase in outcomes for children over the past two years is simply remarkable. Under Steve’s leadership, the academy has become a lovely place to learn and as a result, the outcomes for children are improving rapidly.”

Literacy in the Academy

‘Word of the Week’ is part of the Academy’s ongoing strategy to improve students’ literacy. Students are being taught the importance of language and the need for a good vocabulary, both for their school work and as an essential life skill. There is an Academy WOW each week, displayed around school and on the website, and its use is reinforced by VMG tutors and in school assemblies. The word is designed to make students confident in their use of a range of complex words and their meanings, in a drive to improve student articulacy to even higher levels.

“As vocabulary is reduced, so are the number of feelings you can express, the number of events you can describe, the number of the things you can identify. Man grows by language.” – Sheri S. Tepper

Helping your child to manage their wellbeing during Academy closure

Supporting your child’s wellbeing through COVID-19.

In order to support your child and family members at this challenging time OGAT has produced a range of resources and access to key organisations who can offer support. These can be accessed by clicking on the green bar titled Mental Wellbeing below.

Letters to Parents

Summer 2020 Examination Timetable

Following the announcement by the Secretary of State for Education and Ofqual. No examinations will be sat during the summer series and grades for Year 11 students are to be awarded based on a range of evidence from their time in KS4

Grades will be presented to students at the normal time in the Autumn.

Currently (April 20th) there is no guidance for students who have competed vocational qualifications in Year 10. As and when this changes we will communicate this to all students and their families.

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Latest News

  • Cashless catering

    Students will be bringing home a letter about Cashless catering, opt-in slips are required to be returned to the Academy before 06 November 2019.

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  • Student photographs

    Student photographs are to be taken 23rd September 2019

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  • Uniform queries

    If you have any uniform queries please utilise the contact form on the above 'Contact Us' tab. You will be contacted on Monday 02 September 2019.

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  • GSCE Results 2018

    Outwood Academy Bishopsgarth report the best results in the history of the school! A phenomenal increase of 15% over the last two years.

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Enrichment Timetable September 2019

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Word of the Week

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Spelling of the Week

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