About Us


It is a pleasure to study and work at our Academy – A welcome from the Principal.

When you join Outwood Academy Bydales, you will find yourself working and studying in one of Britain’s most beautiful locations: the picturesque coastal village of Marske-by-the Sea, close to the stunning North York Moors National Park. It is a privilege to work in a beautiful setting, with wonderful children and staff.

We are a close-knit community where the traditional values of kindness and hard work are at the heart of who we are. Our children value their education and are proud of our academy.

In a learning environment where teachers are ‘masters of their craft’, Ofsted 2018, our dedicated staff are deeply committed to providing the highest quality educational experiences for all our children. We are passionate about ‘getting it right’ for our children, ensuring they are equipped with everything they need to succeed and thrive in life, we understand who our children are and seek to bring out the best in them by having the highest of expectations of each and every one.

We are a successful and oversubscribed academy where staff are passionate, optimistic and tenacious in going the extra mile for our children. Teaching staff have an unwavering desire to teach the best of what has been thought and said in their particular area of expertise and through their enthusiasm they inspire appreciation, ambition and achievement in our children.

We continue to be one of the highest performing schools in the North East, at +0.83 our progress in 2020 was exceptional. In January 2018, the academy was judged outstanding by Ofsted in all categories.

It is exciting to be part of the team at Bydales, our staff are a very loyal, successful, hardworking and talented team of individuals that work together in a culture of inclusivity that is underpinned by equity and fairness. All staff are experts in their respective fields and have a continued desire to be so; they invest time and energy refining their practice.
It is an absolute privilege to be part of the team at Bydales, the behaviour and attitudes of our children allow us to deliver the highest quality of education and care. Staff are obsessive about attaining the highest standards to enhance children’s life chances; they work together and value the part they each play in every child’s individual learning journey. Our children learn in a climate that is safe, calm, caring, purposeful and scholarly. Our staff encourage enquiring minds and a joy of learning to ensure students thrive.

Our leaders are experts in their field; they enthuse endlessly about their respective areas – day-to-day – passing on their passion to colleagues and students respectively. They expect the best and nothing less, leading with compassion and kindness, they are the change they want to see. Teachers feel valued and supported in their continual strive for excellent teaching and learning. Leaders are selfless they demonstrate personal humility and indomitable will, working towards the same goal, the Trust vision of raising standards and transforming lives.

We are highly ambitious for the young people of Outwood Academy Bydales, in their academic, technical and vocational studies. We expect high levels of commitment from our students and aim to educate the ‘whole child’ so that students can flourish in employment and further education with a sound social, moral and cultural foundation.

We believe that knowledge is empowering and can be transformational for our young people, in education and in life. Our knowledge-rich curriculum reflects our conviction that every student has the right to access challenging subject content, regardless of background or starting point. The design of our curriculum is based in the science of learning, which shows that subject content must be revisited often to make sure that knowledge sticks. We believe the acquisition of knowledge empowers our students and appreciate that if children do not remember what we have taught them, then even the richest curriculum is pointless. Knowledge is powerful when it is remembered.

Why not come and visit, and see our fantastic students and staff at work? You are welcome any time.

‘Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.’ George Eliot

Principal & LAC Lead: Seana Rice
Executive Principal: Mark Hassack
SENCO: Vikkii Shallow
Designated Safeguarding Lead: Katie Gates
Careers Leader: Jo Ferris j.ferris@bydales.outwood.com 01642 474000


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Proposed reduction in the published admission number for Outwood Academy Bydales

We consulted during the period 30 November 2017 to 11 January 2018 on the proposal to reduce our admission number from 160 to 150 starting in September 2019. Thank you to those who read the documents below, and responded. We will publish the decision before the 31 March 2018.

School Reopening on 8 March

In accordance with government guidelines our academy is currently closed with the exception of provision for vulnerable students and the children of Key Workers. Our school will reopen on 8th March to all students

‘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

Word of the Week

Spelling of the Week

Numeracy Word of the Week

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