Outwood Academy Bydales – Phased Reopening (post COVID-19 closure) 2020


Here is a link to the guidance on school closures and key workers. Many parents working in these critical sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be. The academy will remain partially open from Monday. This is simply an offer to parents and carers and there is no requirement for parents and carers to send their children to school if they do not need or wish to do so. We will not operate a normal school day from Monday, but emergency childcare for essential workers that we all need during this next phase of the Covid-19 pandemic. Some of our own staff are not well or have underlying health issues and are self-isolating: there will only be a skeleton number of staff available at best. It is important that you register your child, if you need them to attend, by filling in the online form sent to you. Children must be ‘booked in’, in advance and cannot just ‘drop in’ or turn up unplanned.

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About Us


It is a pleasure to study and work at our Academy.

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 privileged 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 are one of the highest performing schools in the North East, at +0.54 our progress in 2019 was third in the North East. 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


Latest News

  • Trutex Selling Event 27 February 2020 3.30-6pm

    On Thursday 27 February 2020 we will be hosting a Trutex Uniform Selling Event between 3.30pm and 6.00pm to coincide with parents evening. This is an opportunity for all parents to come and measure up for any extra uniform your child may require.


  • Nathan in the News! - 23 August

    We were so pleased for Nathan when The Gazette chose to publish his photograph on the front page following GCSE Results Day, alongside a lovely article about his incredible success in the examinations, despite the considerable challenges he faced.


  • GCSE Results Day - 22 August

    Our amazing Year 11 and Year 10 students celebrated during Results Day 2019 on the 22 August, as they collected their GCSE results. It is always so moving to see friends, families, and staff offering congratulations and thanks with such generosity.


  • Y11 National Citizen Service 2019 Wave 1 - July 2019

    Our Year 11 students in the Wave 1 National Citizen Service teams from Redcar & Cleveland are working hard at the start of the summer, following their Residential at YHA Coniston in the Lake District, during the third week of July. On their return, a


  • Year 9 Bronze DofE Expedition - 13 & 14 July

    Despite being overcast and a little wet, Year 9 students completed their Duke of Edinburgh's Award Bronze Expedition this weekend, supported by our colleagues from Guisborough Youth Club, who also led on the 'camp craft' and preparations. A fantastic


  • Year 11 Leavers' Prom at Gisborough Hall - Friday 21 June

    We had a fantastic evening with Year 11 last night, celebrating the end of their studies at Outwood Academy Bydales, as they move onto post-16 education. There was a huge turnout of students, reflecting their similar commitment to all the support opp


  • Praising Stars 3 - MOCK Sports Hall Examinations for Year 11 wc Monday 14 January

    Students in Year 11 are carrying out their GCSE Mocks (Praising Stars 3) assessments in examination conditions in the Sports Hall over the next two weeks beginning Monday 14 January. This will also help ensure they are familiar..


  • Student President Campaign Day - Tuesday 18 September

    On Tuesday we had our Student Voice Campaign Day, for the four candidates aiming to become the Student President 2018-2019. Madison Waggett, Harry King, Alex Huitema Y10 and Abigail Cook Y9 were out and about at the beginning and end of school, and a


  • Y11 English, maths, science, MFL and humanities Revision Evening - 17 September

    We would like to invite you to a joint English, Maths, Science, MFL and Humanities revision evening in school on Monday 17 September, starting at 6pm. The evening will consist of a presentation on the work your son/daughter will be doing within lesso


  • Year 6 Open Day and Evening - Monday 10 September

    We are delighted to invite Year 6 parents and students to visit the academy on Monday 10 September. The Open Evening is from 6.00pm - 8.00pm, beginning with a presentation by the Executive Principal, Mr Wappat, at 6.00pm prompt, followed by a chan


Outlook Magazine

At times 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.



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.

‘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

Career of the Week