Our new cashless system
Our cashless system went live on Tuesday to give students the chance to overcome any issues prior to Monday 9th December.
Cashless systems are proven to have many benefits such as reducing bullying and you can also log in an see an itemised list of spending to promote healthy eating.
An overdraft facility of £10.60 was added to student accounts this week in case you hadn’t managed to top up prior to Monday 9th December.
From Monday this facility will be removed and accounts will need to be actively topped up, please visit https://www.ipayimpact.co.uk
We have noticed a high volume of students using this allowance at break time this week and then not having enough to pay their lunch therefore, from Monday free school meal entitlements will only be available to spend at lunch time. You can still top up at home to create funds for buying additional items at other times.
GCSE Results 2019
Outwood Academy Bishopsgarth improve results for a third year running!
The school saw an increased number of students obtaining a grade 5 or higher in combined English and maths.
Since the school joined Outwood Academy Trust there has been an overall improvement in maths and English of 14%.
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
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.”
‘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
We were delighted to welcome a huge number of students and their parents/carers to our information evening on 24th September. Please find attached the presentation for your information.
Having the energy to make it through the day.
Friday was a wonderful day to celebrate the effort that our Year 11 students have put in, during their time here at Outwood Academy Bishopsgarth. Whilst there may have been many tears shed, it was great to share so many happy memories of their time in school. However, in education we never stop moving forward. Like all great teams, you are only as good as your last game and whilst we await the outgoing Year 11’s GCSE results day on 22nd August, we welcome our new Year 11 to the start of what we believe to be a year filled with great opportunities.
What was noticeable during the last few weeks was how physically and emotionally draining the examination period was for some of our students, which has caused us to reflect on how our students can start the day well and ensure they can maximise all learning opportunities in their lessons. It has also come at a time where more evidence is available to support the ideas that energy drinks are not good for children. The effects of the high caffeine (or other stimulants) which these drinks contain include hyperactivity, headaches, stomach aches and sleeping problems. Many of these drinks include the caffeine content of two strong cups of coffee. The side effects are not conducive to effective learning.
Students should try wherever possible to make it into the academy early enough to have breakfast for free, and then either consume water or juice during the day alongside their lunch. If you are concerned that your child is consuming these drinks all too frequently please get in touch. Additional information can be found here.
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.
Student photographs are to be taken 23rd September 2019
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.
Wishing everyone at Outwood Academy Bishopsgarth a safe and happy summer break. We look forward to your safe return on Wednesday 4th September.
Outwood Academy Bishopsgarth report the best results in the history of the school! A phenomenal increase of 15% over the last two years.