About the Academy

Chief Executive: Martyn Oliver
Executive Principal: Dr Philip Smith
Associate Principal: Mr Dave Cavill
Age: 11-19
Number on roll: 1725 (including 323 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 and was judged as “Good”. In May 2017 we were absolutely delighted to report that the Academy received a further full Ofsted visit and the outcome was as follows:

Inspection dates 23-24 May 2017

Overall effectiveness
Previous inspection: Good
This inspection: Outstanding
Achievement of pupils: Outstanding
Quality of teaching: Outstanding
Behaviour and safety of pupils: Outstanding
Leadership and management: Outstanding

The Academy was awarded the status of National Support School in July 2013.
Our Academy vision is “students first: raising standards and transforming lives.” (Martyn Oliver – Chief Executive).

In 2016 85% of our students achieved a C+ in both English and maths and in 2017 and this current year, 2017, 80% of our students gained a grade 4 or higher in both English and maths with over 60% of our students gaining a 5 or higher. We are especially proud of our students who achieved the new grade 9 in English and maths, overall 31 grade 9s were achieved with over 25% of students receiving grades 7-9 in English and maths. In addition, 25% of students achieved the full EBacc.

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