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Outwood Academy Bydales is located in the beautiful coastal village of Marske-by-the-Sea, on the edge of the North York Moors National Park. The predecessor Bydales School, that was in special measures at the time, joined the nationally renowned Outwood Grange Academies Trust in September 2014, and formally became Outwood Academy Bydales in February 2015.
In the summer of 2015 students achieved excellent GCSE outcomes, some 13% higher than the previous school record in 2012, the year it was judged outstanding by Ofsted. In January 2016 the school was named as the highest performing school in the five Tees Valley authorities for Value Added (the ‘Best Eight’ qualifications) at 1026.5, and also top for progress of students compared to similar schools.
In the Summer of 2016, results climbed again to new record levels, for example with 78% of students achieving GCSE grades A*-C in both English and mathematics.
In 2017, students achieved an outstanding 85% 9-4 grade in both English and maths, and 75% of students left with a grade 5 or higher in both these key subjects, with this figure being the highest in the North East. On average, students left with almost 3/4 of a GCSE grade higher than the national standard across eight of their key subjects, shown by a Progress 8 score of +0.68, this figure being second in the North East. In mathematics, 46% of students, almost half the year, left with a 7-9 grade (equivalent to the previous A/A* grades) in mathematics. The school was also second in the North East for Attainment 8 at 57.0

Why not come and visit, and see our fantastic students and staff at work? You are welcome any time.
Executive Principal: Andrew Wappat
Vice Principal & SENCO: Seana Rice

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Latest News

  • Industrial Cadets Presentation Evening - 14 November

    On Tuesday evening at British Steel, Redcar seven of our students who have been working a day each week under the Industrial Cadets programme presented at an awards evening to mark the completion of their projects and visits.


  • Wear Pink for Georgina Day, Teenage Cancer Trust - 14 November

    On Tuesday students held a 'Wear Pink for Georgina' day in memory of our talented alumnus Georgina Anderson who lost her fierce battle with liver cancer four years ago.


  • Praising Stars 2 - Main Hall Examinations for Years 9-11 wc Monday 13 - Thursday 23 November

    Students in our GCSE years, ie Years 9-11 will be carrying out Praising Stars 1 assessments in examination conditions in the Main Hall this week. This will also help ensure they are familiar with GCSE examination conduct, and the demands of sitting a


  • Academy Food Bank Appeal 4 - 22 December

    We have been running a VMG tutor project over the last two weeks, to try to get together as many Food Bank Christmas Hampers as possible. The deadline for donations is Friday 22 December. And we hope to exceed the record numbers achieved at Christmas


  • Weekly VMG Announcements - Advance notice here for wc Monday 13 November

    Each week, during VMG tutor time, students are reminded of opportunities and events, and given the chance to discuss and get inspired. Hopefully many of these make it into Planners and discussions at home. Relevant ones are posted here to help pare


  • Words of the Week - week commencing 13 November

    Each week we display across the academy, four words of the week relating to careers, spelling, numeracy and vocabulary. These are also published at the foot of the homepage of our website and via our Facebook/Twitter social media accounts. Whilst .


  • Remembrance Service - 10 November

    The whole academy stood in silence at 11am on Friday 10 November, during our Remembrance Service in the sports hall, as students reflected on the great sacrifices made for our freedom and democracy in Britain. Our newly elected Student President ...


  • Mad Scientists' Club Every Thursday - 9 November

    Each week on a Thursday, we host the 'Mad Scientists Club' during after-school Enrichment 2.30-3.30pm. All students are welcome to come along, apply some science, have fun and make new friends. Mr Haugh is the current scientist in residence...


  • Alumnus Career Session: Chemical Engineering - 8 November

    On Wednesday we were delighted to welcome back alumnus Mrs Charlotte Pickerill to the school. She is a Chemical Engineer


  • British Steel Industrial Cadets - 7 November

    Students interested in a career in Engineering have been working hard over the last few weeks, each Tuesday, at Industrial Cadets sessions courtesy of British Steel in Redcar. Recently through a project they have been studying designing industrial st


Outlook Magazine

Each term we produce our magazine ‘Outlook’, that celebrates the work and successes of students and staff alike. It also gives information about recent events in the academy, and focuses on different elements of our work to put ‘students first’. The most recent edition, together with back issues are placed below. Do have a read.


Word of the Week

Spelling of the Week

Numeracy Word of the Week

Career of the Week


‘Word of the Week’ is part of the Academy’s ongoing strategy to improve students’ literacy. Students are being taught the importance of language and the need for a good vocabulary, both for their school work and as an essential life skill. There is an Academy WOW each week, displayed around school and on the website, and its use is reinforced by VMG tutors and in school assemblies. The word is designed to make students confident in their use of a range of complex words and their meanings, in a drive to improve student articulacy to even higher levels.

“As vocabulary is reduced, so are the number of feelings you can express, the number of events you can describe, the number of the things you can identify. Man grows by language.” – Sheri S. Tepper