About the Academy

Chief Executive: Martyn Oliver
Principal: Dr P Smith
Age: 11-19
Number on roll: 1600 (including 187 at Outwood Post 16)
Annual Admission number: 300

Outwood Academy Valley, formerly Valley Comprehensive School, converted to Academy status in June 2012, sponsored by Outwood Grange Academies Trust. The Trust currently sponsors a number of secondary and primary schools in the region.
In February 2011, Valley Comprehensive School received a full inspection and was placed into a category “Notice to improve”. Having worked with Outwood Grange Trust for less than 18 months, the Academy received a full Ofsted Report in March 2014 as follows:

Inspection dates 11–12 March 2014

Overall effectiveness
Previous inspection: Not previously inspected
This inspection: Good 2
Achievement of pupils Good 2
Quality of teaching Good 2
Behaviour and safety of pupils Good 2
Leadership and management Outstanding 1

The Academy was awarded the status of National Support School in July 2013.
Our Academy vision is “Students First.” We put our students at the heart of everything we do. We simply believe that “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)

In 2014 73% of our students achieved 5+ GCSEs A*-C including English and maths and this year, in 2015, 77% of our students achieved 5+ GCSEs A*-C including English and maths, in 2016 we are proud to say that 82% of our students achieved 5+ GCSEs A*-C including English and maths.

In addition, the percentage of students gaining a grade C or better in both English and mathematics in GCSE has increased from 76% to 85% in the last 3 years. This puts the percentage of students achieving this key measure in the top 4 schools of Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield combined.

We are committed to providing high standards of education for students. Our innovative vertical curriculum centred on a 2 year Key Stage 3 and a 3 year Key Stage 4 personalises the learning of all students. Vocational, practical, creative and academic qualities are valued equally in the Academy where we really do embrace the ‘Every Child Matters’ agenda


Timings of the School day

Period 1 – 8.25am to 9.25am
Period 2 – 9.25am to 10.25am
2 Split Sessions for VMG/break – between 10.25am and 11.00am
Period 3 – 11.00am to 12.00pm
Period 4 & 1/2 hour lunch break – between 12.00pm and 1.30pm
Period 5 – 1.30pm to 2.30pm
Enrichment sessions – 2.30pm to 3.30pm