Ethos & Values
Ossett Academy is a dynamic community that promotes enjoyment in learning and extensive opportunities for young people in a warm and friendly environment. Our students consistently achieve positive outcomes in both their GCSE and A Level studies. This academic excellence does not happen by accident; it is as a result of the highest expectations of all our students and staff. We work in partnership with students and parents to ensure the very best academic achievements for all our students. We encourage students to have a love for learning. We believe we provide them with the right skills, aptitudes and an appetite for learning that will last for a lifetime.
We promote a safe and caring environment where students look after one another. This is done through the creation of a very positive ethos. Students and staff enjoy positive working relationships in a happy environment. We have a very supportive team of staff whose role is to ensure the welfare of our students, including Form Tutors, Learning Leaders, Achievement Officers, Learning Mentors and other specialist staff. Senior students also operate drop in sessions for those students who are having minor issues that they would rather discuss initially with another student. We have an excellent track record of supporting students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and employ a number of support staff who have undertaken training in a variety of areas of learning support. We are also very lucky to have a nurture room which provides intensive bespoke support to students who have significant emotional needs.
Behaviour and Discipline
Many parents state their reason for choosing Ossett Academy for their children is the high standards of behaviour that are expected of all of our students. We have firm but fair policies and procedures to ensure that all of our students behave in a respectful and tolerant way, to staff, other students and members of the local community. Visitors constantly comment on the fantastic way that students conduct themselves around the building and we always receive excellent feedback from trip facilitators when our students are out on educational visits.
Careers and Post 16 pathways
We are known regionally for our excellent careers provision for our students; we have two full time Careers Advisors who work with our students from Year 7 onwards to ensure that they have high aspirations throughout their school career, at post 16 and beyond.
We provide one to one discussions, assemblies, careers fairs and have outside speakers who focus students on the world of work, all aiming to engage our students in their chosen career paths. Our track record of students obtaining employment and training is the highest within the Wakefield Authority and a large number of our students go on to their first choice University.
The opportunities are not only in the curriculum, we provide a very wide range of experiences in the Arts, Sport and through exciting educational visits.
We believe that a busy student is a successful student and to support this, offer a large number of extra-curricular activities, both at lunch time and after school. These are wide ranging and include Sports, Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Photography, IT clubs, film clubs and many others, too numerous to mention.
We also have a fully stocked Learning Resources Centre which has books, reference materials and a number of computers for students to use to support their learning. For Gifted and Talented students, our Areti programme provides additional stretch and challenge. We also operate a number of educational visits throughout the year, including residential trips abroad, to widen the student experience and develop their cultural awareness.
Nurturing well rounded individuals
Students excel at Ossett Academy because we get them to believe in themselves. This encourages all students to realise their potential and achieve to the best of their ability. We also believe in promoting self-confidence to give young people the courage to accept new challenges. Finally, we constantly aim to develop self-aware and tolerant young people who will be responsible members of the local, national and international communities with a desire to promote equality and respect for other people and their environments.//this is how the content shows up