Learning Environment

Creating a purposeful and creative learning environment for students is a priority for Outwood Grange Academy. The Post 16 Centre benefits hugely from sharing its site with the main Academy as the excellent facilities are available for all students, regardless of their age. We do, however, recognise the importance of Post 16 students having their own exclusive spaces within the Academy. The Academy is currently developing the wireless network so that students can use these spaces to work on their own electronic devices. This is expected to be in operation during the academic year 2015/16.

Post 16 Restaurant
A dedicated catering team provides a vast range of food and drink produce for a whole host of dietary requirements. Resident cooks, Karen, Pam and Lisa, ensure that all of our student’s needs are met and the students are always complementary of the quality of food on offer at break and lunch time. Water, tea and coffee are also available for students to purchase during their study periods. The tables are arranged so that students can study either independently or with their friends.

Post 16 Library
A student designed space that boasts over 30 networked computer stations with a dedicated printer. In addition to holding key subject texts for all courses, the Library is the hub for information regarding progression routes, including universities, other further and higher education, apprenticeships and career opportunities.

Post 16 Study Area
A further 30 networked computer stations with printing facilities are available for students to use during their study periods. The area contains a mixture of comfy, more relaxed chairs and traditional tables and chairs so the space is flexible depending on student needs and it is ideal for collaborative student learning.

The Art Department has 5 fully equipped art studios for students to work in, both within lessons and during
their study periods. Printmaking and painting are particularly well supported with extensive equipment.
Art experts are always to hand in study periods including professional artists and photographers.
We regularly open up the studios at weekends, holidays and always after the Academy day has ended.
Our facilities also include a bank of state of the art SLR Canon cameras, photography accessories and a suite of brand new Macbook Pro laptops – these are available to use by all our art and design students. The art department’s dedicated Art Gallery displays outstanding student work. Visitors always comment on the quality of the work displayed and many students have sold their work – indeed some of their work is included in the National Mining Museum’s permanent collection.

Outwood Grange Academy have state of the art sports facilities that were opened in 2011. Included in this is a 4 badminton court Sports Hall in which netball, football, indoor hockey, basketball and volleyball is played. To allow full enjoyment of this facility we also have a viewing gallery from which our supporters can appreciate the high level of sport being performed. Along with this we have further indoor spaces including the activity area which is fully equipped for table tennis, high jump and aerobics. On the upper level we have a gym area which can cater for indoor football, gymnastics and a range of other indoor activities. We also have a state of the art fitness suite which
includes a kinesis machine, free weights, weight machines and aerobic machines to allow students to further their level of fitness. Outside we have an 11-aside football astro turf pitch which caters for both football, hockey and handball. In addition to this we have 3 full sized football pitches, 1 9-a-side football pitch and 2 full sized rugby pitches. Most recently we have had a new 3rd generation pitch added to our extensive facilities (opening October 2015) on which football and rugby will be played.

Design & Technology
Within the department there are designated rooms for Post 16. Both Product Design and Textiles have their own studios to be used during study periods and after Academy enrichment. Both rooms have a suite of computers with the latest software which includes: Adobe Creative Cloud (Illustrator CC, Photoshop CC, InDesign CC), Techsoft 2D Design and Google SketchUp. Additionally, within the department Post 16 students have access to the latest technology with two laser cutters, two sublimation printers and a 3D printer. This will allow students to produce complex designs to the highest standards.

Performing Arts
The new facility provides a wide range of Performing Arts spaces to host large scale events as well as enable
quality classroom and studio provision. The building is and light airy space to enable performance and exhibition. There are 3 music classrooms with raised performance areas, an editing suit and a MAC suit. There are two dance studios, two drama studios and large Art classrooms on the top floor overlooking a spectacular view of Wakefield with exhibition space and a gallery area. The large auditorium will seat 360 people and has the latest technology in sound and lighting. This venue transforms what has been already a very strong area of Outwood Grange Academy into one which is housed in a building fit for purpose. We will be hosting a dynamic opening celebration and we look forward to exciting times ahead.