Outwood Academy Adwick

Outwood Academy Adwick is a mixed secondary school and sixth form with academy status located in Woodlands, South Yorkshire, England. It has a comprehensive admissions policy, with 1,070 pupils on roll as of 2018.[1]

Outwood Academy Adwick
Address
Windmill Balk Lane


,
DN6 7SF

England
Coordinates53.56578°N 1.19556°W / 53.56578; -1.19556
Information
TypeAcademy
Motto"Students First"
Local authorityDoncaster
Department for Education URN135963 Tables
OfstedReports
PrincipalAndrew Scruby
GenderMixed
Age11 to 18
Enrolment1,070 as of January 2018
Capacity1,300
Colour(s)Purple and gold          
PublicationOutlook Magazine
Websiteadwick.outwood.com

The school is operated by Outwood Grange Academies Trust, and the current principal is Andrew Scruby.[1] It publishes a newsletter, Outlook Magazine, on a termly basis.[2]

History

First known as Percy Jackson Grammar School, the school became comprehensive in 1968 when it merged with Adwick High School, a Secondary Modern School which was located next door. The new school was renamed Adwick School.

Percy Jackson Grammar School

Percy Jackson Grammar School was a state grammar school in Doncaster in South Yorkshire, England which ran from 1939 to 1968, after which it merged with Adwick High School to become the Adwick School.[1][2] It was situated at Adwick-le-Street.

Beginnings

The school's founding father was J W 'Jimmy' Lane JP (1877–1969), alderman of the West Riding and a check weighman at Brodsworth colliery.[1][3][4][5][6] It was named after alderman Sir Percy Jackson, an active proponent of education on the West Riding County Council in the 1920s and 1930s.[1][7] Designed as a co-educational state grammar school, it was housed in modern Art Deco style premises which opened for instruction on 9 October 1939, just a few weeks after the start of World War II.[1][4] The two-storey building was designed to accommodate 540 pupils and was constructed of steel framing, bearing concrete floors and flat roofs.[8] The total cost of the site, buildings and equipment was approximately £62,000.

Pupils brought their gas masks to school and, after the air raid shelters were hurriedly built, they practised evacuation drill. The air raid shelters were not removed until about 1984.[1] The school was not formally opened until 23 October 1943, some four years later.[1][4] The first year's intake of pupils was only 86, many being transferred from other schools in the area. Of these, 62 joined the first form and the others the second and third forms.[1][3] Not until five years later was the planned capacity reached and then in 1948 four prefab classrooms were added.

In 1954 the new science block was opened with additional laboratories, domestic science rooms and four extra classrooms. The final school population levelled out at around 900 – almost double the original plan.

Head teachers

In its 29 years, the school saw three head teachers: Mr Ronald 'Pop' Field from 1939 to 1945,[1][5] Mr Cecil 'Chas' Elliott from 1945 to 1966,[1][9] and Mr F John Atherfold from 1966 who oversaw in 1968 the conversion to the comprehensive Adwick School – later North Doncaster Technology College and now the Outwood Academy at Adwick.

Educational Programme

Percy Jackson's educated children to GCE 'O' and 'A' levels and competed with other schools in various sports. In 1950 it provided the largest squad (5 athletes) for the Yorkshire County team competing in the All England Schools Athletics Championship.[1][2] In a cricket match against Hemsworth Grammar in 1952 one of our boys bowled out Geoffrey Boycott for a duck. Scorecard entry: "Boycott G 0 : bowled Yeomans D".

1950 entrant Roy Cromack, a keen cyclist at school, was a member of the England cycling squad at the Olympic Games in Mexico, 1968. In 1969 he set the British record for the men's 24 hour race at 507 miles (816 km) – a record which stood unbroken for 25 years. In the same year 1951 joiner, Christine Moody (now Minto) set a new women's 24 hour record of 427 miles (687 km). Percy's was unusual for its time in teaching German as the first foreign language and school exchanges to Germany were undertaken in 1953 and 1954. Since 1949 organised travel in the UK as well as abroad was an important extra-curricular feature.

Demolition The original Art Deco school premises were demolished in 2013, despite protest from former pupils and local residents. The reinforced concrete floors were beyond redemption. Full photographic and video records have been made of the old buildings – and of the process of demolition.

References (re Percy Jackson Grammar School) 1 Ken Cooke (January 2007). Percy Jackson's : history of the Percy Jackson Grammar School, Adwick-le-Street, Doncaster, Yorkshire, 1939–1968 : recollections of schooldays of the 1940's, 1950's & 1960's (2nd Rev. ed.). Matador Publishing. ISBN 978-1-84876-460-6. 2 Doncaster Free Press 7 February 2019: 'Tracing the History of the Percy Jackson Grammar School'. 3 Percy Jackson GS School records, Doncaster Archives 4 The Formal Opening Day plaque (c/o Outwood Academy Adwick) 5 Doncaster Chronicle 19 December 1940, 'Youth's Chance to Build a Fairer Britain'. 6 J W Lane Biography, April 2017, Ken Cooke: Doncaster Archives 7 Oxford Dictionary of National Biography – Sir Percy Jackson 1869–1941 8 'Official Opening' Programme 23 October 1943 9 Doncaster Free Press 7 November 2002 p 20: 'Retired Grammar School Head Dies at 96.' 10 Stories, Doncaster's Cycling (September 5, 2018). "A rare all-rounder: Memories of Roy Cromack". 11 "Cycling Time Trials: Women - Bicycle - Individual". www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk. 12 Yorkshire Post 20 August 2011 'Former Pupils Launch Campaign...' 13 Doncaster Free Press 18 February 2013: 'Moving-in Time at £17M school site' 14 WYAS – West Yorkshire Archaeological Survey Report No 2367 August 2012

After Percy Jackson's

The school was later granted specialist status as a Technology College and was renamed North Doncaster Technology College.

The school converted to academy status in September 2009 and was renamed Outwood Academy Adwick.

In October 2011, work began on a £16m rebuild.[3] The new school site opened to pupils in February 2013.[4]

Notable former pupils

Percy Jackson Grammar School

  • Fred Spira (1939 entrant), businessman
  • Raymond Hide CBE FRS (1940 entrant), Professor of Physics
  • Richard Lumb (1961 entrant), cricketer (batsman) for Yorkshire
  • Roy Cromack (1950 entrant), road cyclist[5]
  • Christine Moody (1951 entrant), road cyclist[6]
  • Ken Cooke (1950 entrant), author of the book 'Percy Jackson's: A history of the Percy Jackson Grammar School.[7]

References

  1. "Outwood Academy Adwick". get-information-schools.service.gov.uk. Department for Education. Retrieved 8 March 2019.
  2. "Outlook Magazine". www.adwick.outwood.com. Outwood Academy Adwick. Retrieved 4 February 2017.
  3. "Academy rises with steel construction". New Steel Construction. 14 September 2012. Retrieved 3 February 2018.
  4. "Outwood Academy Adwick reports record results". Doncaster Free Press. 26 November 2013. Retrieved 3 February 2018.
  5. "Tracing the history of Percy Jackson Grammar School in Doncaster". www.doncasterfreepress.co.uk. Retrieved 23 March 2019.
  6. "Tracing the history of Percy Jackson Grammar School in Doncaster". www.doncasterfreepress.co.uk. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
  7. Percy Jackson's (2nd ed.). 2010. ISBN 978-184876-460-6.
Ken Cooke (January 2007). Percy Jackson's : history of the Percy Jackson Grammar School, Adwick-le-Street, Doncaster, Yorkshire, 1939–1968 : recollections of schooldays of the 1940's, 1950's & 1960's (2nd Rev. ed.). Matador Publishing. ISBN 978-1-84876-460-6.
Doncaster Free Press 7 February 2019: 'Tracing the History of the Percy Jackson Grammar School'.
Percy Jackson GS School records, Doncaster Archives
The Formal Opening Day plaque (c/o Outwood Academy Adwick)
Doncaster Chronicle 19 December 1940, 'Youth's Chance to Build a Fairer Britain'.
J W Lane Biography, April 2017, Ken Cooke: Doncaster Archives
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography – Sir Percy Jackson 1869–1941
'Official Opening' Programme 23 October 1943
Doncaster Free Press 7 November 2002 p 20: 'Retired Grammar School Head Dies at 96.'
Stories, Doncaster's Cycling (September 5, 2018). "A rare all-rounder: Memories of Roy Cromack".
"Cycling Time Trials: Women - Bicycle - Individual". www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk.
Yorkshire Post 20 August 2011 'Former Pupils Launch Campaign...'
Doncaster Free Press 18 February 2013: 'Moving-in Time at £17M school site'
WYAS – West Yorkshire Archaeological Survey Report No 2367 August 2012

English Heritage decision, 11 July 2011 Ref 464708 Sheffield Telegraph 6 April 1954, p 2: 'Desks are shared for German Friends'.

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