Student Working

Life-saving training for Year 8

October 16, 2019

Today, we supported the national Restart a Heart campaign with a special event in school for Year 8 students.

Restart a Heart is an initiative led by the Resuscitation Council, in partnership with The British Heart Foundation, British Red Cross, St John Ambulance, Yorkshire Ambulance Service and Police. It aims to improve the low numbers of people surviving out-of-hospital cardiac arrests by increasing public awareness of cardiac arrests, as well as the number of people trained in life saving CPR. As such, all Year 8 students were taught emergency CPR procedures as part of the day. It was also an opportunity to inform students about the career opportunities within these organisations.

We were also lucky enough to also be visited by Deputy Lieutenant, Colonel Alan Roberts OBE, who wanted to come along to show his support for this important work.

Lights, camera, action!

October 15, 2019

We’ve been visited by a film production company today, working in partnership with Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group who wanted to showcase the excellent emotional and mental health provision within our academy.

The film will be shared with other schools, educational staff and professionals to highlight the great practice of supporting students in developing resilience and improving their emotional well-being.

We’ll let you know when it’s available to watch!

Making mental health a priority

October 10, 2019

Here at Ossett Academy, students’ positive mental health and well-being is a priority each and every day, and today, on World Mental Health Day, staff and students are going one step further, having conversations and making individual pledges about how to look after their own mental health.

Ossett Academy was one of the first academies regionally to employ a Mental Health Practitioner, based in our Let’s Talk Zone – a purpose-built, nurturing environment for students who require additional emotional support.

Miss Gaskell works with students who are struggling with their emotional and mental health for a variety of reasons, including students who are self-harming, have suffered a bereavement, have low self-esteem or confidence, or who may be struggling with exam stress or anxiety.

A student who feels they would benefit from emotional and mental health intervention, support or advice, should first talk to their Pastoral Year Leader, who can determine the appropriate referral for their individual needs.

Once a referral has been made to the Let’s Talk Zone, Miss Gaskell will work with the student, assessing the most appropriate support; this could be group work or one to one support, support from the School Nursing Team as part of Healthy Young People’s offer, or by signposting to external support services for young people.

The Let’s Talk Zone runs student support groups, for example; LGBT+, exam stress and anxiety, self-esteem and confidence. There is also a daily drop-in at break and lunch, open to all students who feel they need a place to be, or people to talk to – they can get that every day just by dropping in. Parents also benefit directly from the provision through regular parent workshops.

Miss Gaskell said “As in previous years, we’re honouring World Mental Health Day at Ossett Academy. We know that mental ill-health doesn’t discriminate – problems can affect anyone, at any point in their life. My role is to assess and support some of our more vulnerable students, to ensure they access the appropriate level of support to meet their needs.

“Alongside this, we recognise the importance of promoting and advocating positive mental health and taking ownership of our own well-being, which can change from day to day. We’re also working to redress the stigma that surrounds mental health, through raising people’s understanding of it. Although this is something we do daily, this important, global day is a fantastic opportunity to let people know what we do, and to hopefully go one step further in changing any negative perceptions that can still exist around the subject of mental health.

“Whilst this provision is in place we also have lots more to do to build even more support in to the offer we have. We encourage the whole Ossett Academy community to be a part of this.”

To find out more about the support offered in our Let’s Talk Zone, as well as a list of useful support services, visit

Changes to the academy day from September

July 19, 2019

Following the parent consultation that took place earlier this term, here’s a reminder of the changes to the academy day from September.

Outlined below are the key changes and an overview of the timetable each year group will follow.

Timings for Year 7
8.30am – 8.55am: Form Learning
8.55am – 9.55am: Period 2
9.55am – 10.15am: Break
10.15am – 11.15am: Period 3
11.15am – 12.15pm: Period 4
12.15pm – 12.45pm: Period 5 (first half)
12.45pm – 1.15pm: Lunch
1.15pm – 1.45pm: Period 5 (second half)
1.45pm – 2.45pm: Period 6

Timings for Year 8
8.30am – 8.55am: Form Learning
8.55am – 9.55am: Period 2
9.55am – 10.55am: Period 3
10.55am – 11.15am: Break
11.15am – 12.15pm: Period 4
12.15pm – 1.15pm: Period 5
1.15pm – 1.45pm: Lunch
1.45pm – 2.45pm: Period 6

Timings for Year 9
8.30am – 8.55am: Form Learning
8.55am – 9.55am: Period 2
9.55am – 10.15am: Break
10.15am – 11.15am: Period 3
11.15am – 12.15pm: Period 4
12.15pm – 12.45pm: Lunch
12.45pm – 1.45pm: Period 5
1.45pm – 2.45pm: Period 6

Timings for Year 10
8.30am – 8.55am: Form Learning
8.55am – 9.55am: Period 2
9.55am – 10.55am: Period 3
10.55am – 11.15am: Break
11.15am – 12.15pm: Period 4
12.15pm – 1.15pm: Period 5
1.15pm – 1.45pm: Lunch
1.45pm – 2.45pm: Period 6

Timings for Year 11
8.30am – 8.55am: Form Learning
8.55am – 9.55am: Period 2
9.55am – 10.55am: Period 3
10.55am – 11.15am: Break
11.15am – 12.15pm: Period 4
12.15pm – 12.45pm: Lunch
12.45pm – 1.45pm: Period 5
1.45pm – 2.45pm: Period 6

Timings for 6th Form
8.30am – 8.55am: ILC Study (Optional)
8.55am – 9.55am: Period 2
9.55am – 10.55am: Period 3
10.55 – 11.15am: Break
11.15am – 12.15pm: Period 4
12.15pm – 1.15pm: Period 5
1.15pm – 1.45pm: Lunch
1.45pm – 2.45pm: Period 6

Going a long way for Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice

July 15, 2019

Over the last two weeks, our Accord Multi Academy Trust’s academies have united in support of Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice’s ‘Around the World’ campaign, raising a combined total of £1,632.

In collaboration with our sister academies; Horbury Academy, Horbury Primary Academy and Middlestown Primary Academy, we held non-uniform days, sporting events and dedicated PE lessons, in which students collectively walked, ran and skipped a total of 2,354 miles. This figure will go towards the charity’s regional total, which they hope will exceed 48,000 miles – that’s twice around the world!

Ryan Grint, Regional Fundraiser at Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice said: “We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone within the Accord Multi Academy Trust for getting behind Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice this summer.

“We’ve seen students engage in fundraising in a variety of ways, from running to non-uniform days, and together they have helped to raise some vital funds which will go towards supporting local children living with life shortening conditions, and their families, here in West Yorkshire.”

Year 6 pupils from Horbury Primary Academy spoke on behalf of the Trust’s pupils; “We had fun taking part in this important cause to raise money for children less fortunate than us.

“We have done lots of activities to try to travel as many miles as possible and we are proud of how far around the world we got!”

Visit for more information about the charity.

The great environmental debate!

July 9, 2019

In support of our environmental drive, Miss Cree held a debate with year 7 students, for which they needed to consider arguments for and against a statement with an environmental focus. The statement was…

“People in the UK should give up meat for one day a week to help lower the greenhouse gas produced.”

Students considered their stance on this and worked on their arguments in support of their view.

Here’s Kathryn’s take on the debate…

“During the planning, what I found most interesting was looking at the other side of the argument, the ‘against’ team. We did this to try and make our argument stronger.

“A challenge was that we had so many ideas, and it was hard choosing points that were the important, and conveyed our message most effectively.

“During the debate, Erin and Isabelle were excellent at expressing our view. They said all our planned speech clearly and it conveyed our message well. However, I was surprised at how good the ‘against’ team’s argument was, as we had thought of as many of their sides ideas as we could, but they still had a very strong argument.

“Personally, I enjoyed the debate along with many other members of the form. We developed our teamwork, speaking and listening skills, and due to the high quality and strength of our arguments, one person changed his mind.”

Jack was on the opposing side of the debate. He said…

“Our main point for against people giving up meat for a day was that even if we don’t eat meat for one day, it will have to still be produced because people may choose to eat meat on different days in a week.

“We had good discussions, one person switched their opinion from ‘against’ to ‘for’. One challenge was that we found it hard to decide which side to be on due to both arguments being so strong!”

Alex agreed, saying the affect it would have on businesses such as KFC would need to be considered.

Well done everyone, for what was a well considered and delivered debate!

Forming Partnerships for Safeguarding Week

June 24, 2019

To mark West Yorkshire Safeguarding Week this week, our Accord Multi Academy Trust has joined forces with Wakefield Community Crafters in a venture designed to support local students in need of support.

Miss Gibbs, Horbury Academy’s Assistant Principal and Designated Safeguarding Lead, said “We are extremely grateful to Wakefield Community Crafters’ volunteers who have donated 75 trauma bears to our Trust. The bears will be given to students who have experienced a trauma for instance; those who are living with a disability or have had an operation, have experienced a loss or parental separation, or had to leave their home because of a fire or a flood. They can help young people to hold on to a memory or overcome a trauma, and are designed to put a smile on students’ faces by volunteers who have either experienced a similar trauma or life event, or simply want to help.”

Mrs Rowe, Assistant Principal and Designated Safeguarding Lead at Ossett Academy, added “Our Accord academies are committed to ensuring students feel secure, happy and safe. We believe this generous initiative, alongside existing support within our academies, will go some way towards achieving this.”

Safeguarding Week runs across West Yorkshire from Monday 24 June to Friday 28 June. Its theme ‘Everyone’s Business’, highlights the commitment shared across the region to keep children, young people and vulnerable adults safe.

In the Wakefield District, people worried about their safety or the safety of a friend or family member, can call Social Care Direct on 0345 8 503 503 where specially trained staff will listen and provide support.

Visit and for Horbury and Ossett Academies safeguarding information.


Please be vigilant

May 14, 2019

We urge students to remain vigilant on their journey to and from school and, where possible, to remain in groups, following two recent incidents in the local area, whereby young people have been approached by a male.

Students are advised that if they are approached, they should go to a safe place and call the Police on 999.

Here are a few tips to stay safe

  • Never accept gifts or sweets from a stranger
  • Never accept a lift in a car from a stranger
  • Never go anywhere with a stranger
  • Never go off on your own without telling a parent or trusted adult
  • Never go up to a car to give directions – keep away so that no one can get hold of you and you can run away
  • Always tell a trusted adult if you have been approached by a stranger
  • Remember the Yell, Run, Tell rule – it’s okay to run and scream if you find yourself in danger. Get away from the source of danger as fast as you can.
  • If you find yourself in danger always run towards shops or other busy places with lots of people. If you see a policeman or person wearing in uniform, they will be able to help you.
  • If you think that you are being followed, go into a shop or knock on the door of a house and ask for help
  • Never play in dark or lonely places
  • Stay with your group of friends – never wander off on your own
  • Never agree to do a job for someone you don’t know in return for money – they may be trying to trick you
  • Make sure your parents know where you are going and when you will be back. If your plans change be sure to tell your parents.

West Yorkshire Police’s Online Safety Campaign

April 4, 2019

West Yorkshire Police have teamed up with the NSPCC, Leeds Safeguarding Children Partnership and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner in West Yorkshire to encourage parents and carers to have a five minute chat with children to keep them safe online.

A quick discussion with young people about the sites and apps they’re using and the people they are talking to online, could help protect them from any potential cyber criminals.

The internet can be an amazing place for children, so they shouldn’t be discouraged from using it, but parents should remind them that people may not always be who they say they are, and they should talk to their parents about what they are doing online. It can seem daunting for some parents, trying to keep up with the latest technology that their children are using, so the following websites and helplines can offer simple, practical advice on how to keep everyone safe online:

NSPCC and O2 helpline

If you have a question about parental controls or concern about a social network that your child uses, expert advisors are available on the free helpline – 0808 8005002


Leeds Safeguarding Children Partnership –


Charlie’s trip to the Houses of Parliament

March 22, 2019

Charlie took a trip to the Houses of Parliament this week to meet with MP Paula Sheriff and she’d like to share with you a diary entry of her day!….. 

“On Tuesday 19th March, I went to the Houses of Parliament to see Paula Sheriff to discuss the matter of mental health.

“After a 2.5 hour train ride my legs were dead and we had to rush to the hotel to drop our bags and find our way to Parliament! Then I had to queue and my legs were shaking whilst waiting to see Paula Sheriff – the MP for Dewsbury.

“I met Paula and we spoke for a while and then had a tour of Parliament, both the part where visitors can go and the bit where general visitors aren’t allowed. Whilst there, we watched a debate about Brexit and it was amazing! 

“I went to London because of my involvement in the Take 10 support group, helping people with mental health and being young carers. I am really grateful for their support and I volunteer in this group to support others. 

“Both me and my Mum are really thankful to Paula for inviting us down to London and for the experience. I asked Paula if she would support our school during Mental Health Awareness week in May and she agreed!” 

Here is a picture of the day!

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