About the Academy

Outwood Academy Bishopsgarth opened on 1 November 2016, sponsored by Outwood Grange Academies Trust (OGAT). The original Outwood Grange Academy in Wakefield founded the Trust to lead the improvement of other schools in the North East of England. The Trust currently sponsors a number of secondary and primaries in the region. Outwood Grange Academy has been a National Training school for ten years, was accredited as one of the country’s first Teaching Schools. The recently founded Outwood Institute of Education continues this work into the future.

The predecessor Bishopsgarth School was judged by Ofsted in January 2014 and again in January 2016 as requires improvement across the four areas, and later chose Outwood Grange Academies Trust as sponsor to lead the school from this category to outstanding in as short a time as possible. In January 2019 Outwood Academy Bishopsgarth was judged by Ofsted as GOOD, evidencing the rapid transformation towards becoming an outstanding Academy.

Our Academy vision is

*'Students First. Raising standards and transforming lives.’*

We put our students at the heart of everything we do, and drive change in our schools quickly by focusing on ‘Raising Standards, Transforming Lives’. We simply believe that “the whole point of schools is that children come first and everything we do must reflect this single goal.”

We are committed to providing high standards of education for students. Our innovative vertical curriculum centred on a two year Key Stage 3 and a three year Key Stage 4 personalises the learning of all students. Fast-track opportunities and workshops provide accelerated routes for some students while others have the time to succeed with an extended Key Stage 4. Vocational, practical, creative and academic qualities are valued equally in the Academy where we really do embrace the ‘Transferable Skills’ agenda.

Chief Executive: Martyn Oliver

Lead Principal: Gemma Trattles
Head of School: Mark Robinson
Executive Principal : Mark Hassack
Chief Executive Principal, Secondary: Julie Slater

Age: 11-16
Number on roll: 447
Annual Pupil Admission Number: 120

The Academy Day


Between 10.25 and 11.00 half the students are in their Vertical Mentoring Groups (mixed age tutor groups) whilst half are having break. They then swap over.

Lunch is split so that within the period 12.00 – 1.30, all students have 30 minutes lunch and 1 hour lesson.