“The whole point of schools is that children come first and everything we do must reflect this single goal.”Sir Michael Wilkins - Academy Principal and Chief Executive
Fieldwork is widely regarded as an essential component of geography education and at Outwood Academy Adwick the geography department wants to ensure all students experience the joy of deep learning that field work brings. Learning outside the classroom has become an integral part of the geography curriculum in Year 7 and 8 ensuring our students develop practical skills to accompany the knowledge learnt in class. Over 400 students participated in fieldwork during the 2014 summer term, with many Twitter updates from students sharing their success and enjoyment with the wider community; so much so our commitment to this form of learning was noticed by The Geographical Association.
During the summer term all Year 7and 8 students participated in fieldwork in the local environment including traffic surveys, ecological studies, field techniques and urban landscapes. All students studying for GCSE Geography (Years 9, 10 and 11) participated in a trip to the Holderness coast as part of their geographical investigation into the effect of geology on the coastal geomorphology.
Students at Flamborough Head completing beach and slope surveys.
Students at Mappleton carrying out sediment analysis.
Outwood Academy Adwick is once again delighted for their students as they achieve excellent results at GCSE.
“Sir Michael Wilkins, Academy Principal and Chief Executive of Outwood Grange Academies Trust, said he is delighted with the leadership of the Executive Principal, Martyn Oliver and the Principal, Carolyn Blundell as students once again achieve excellent results. We are proud of our students and the support given by their parents/carers, all of the staff at the academy and the governors”.
Carolyn Blundell, Principal, said “These are fabulous results for our students and I want to thank them, their parents/carers and all of the staff at the academy. I am delighted that 59% of students achieved the very difficult new performance measure of 5+ A*-C including GCSE English, maths and now a further GCSE with only a maximum of two vocational results counting in the measure. These results reflect the hard work of everyone involved and I wish all of our students every success in the future.”
On Friday 24th September the Learning Resource Centre held its annual Macmillan Coffee Morning with the help of the student librarians. Home-made cupcakes, cakes and even ice cream buns were on offer to staff and students which were all quickly sold. In addition to students and staff, many parents joined the fundraising efforts helping us raise money for this worthy cause.
The first Student Voice fundraising event of the academic year took place last week in support of Macmillan Cancer Support. The response we received from everyone was wholly positive and as a result we are proud to share that we raised £502.94. Thank you to everyone who supported; by either attending the Student Voice afternoon tea, the coffee morning organised by Mrs Lambert in the library or buying raffle tickets.
On Saturday 20th September, four students from Outwood Academy Adwick represented the Academy at the service of dedication for the new war memorial at Adwick Park. The students were Kirsty Webster of Year 12, Rieves and Miles Boocock and Aaron Edgecombe all of Year 9. Mrs Robson and Mr Murray of the History Department also attended, along with parents. The students read war poetry that symbolised the sacrifice that young men made for liberty. They also spoke of their reflections on the annual visits that the Academy pay to the First World War battlefields of Belgium and Northern France. All of the students represented our Academy with respect and professionalism - Aaron and Kirsty giving readings of war time reflections and poetry. Kirsty read a poem that was written by Laura Collie, a former Outwood Academy Adwick student. The words of this poem represented the emotions felt and the reasons why we remember those who gave their lives in the cause of peace.
On Thursday 11th September Hannah Purdy and Josh Gillespie attended the Doncaster Freemen Awards ceremony at the Mansion House. Hannah and Josh were both accompanied to the ceremony by family members and were presented with a certificate for 'Outstanding achievement in School, Community and Lifestyle' by the Mayor of Doncaster. The Academy had no hesitation in recommending Hannah and Josh for this prestigious award in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the academy and the local community in which they live.