Outwood Academy Bydales

Outwood Academy Bydales (formerly Bydales School) is a mixed secondary school with academy status in Marske-by-the-Sea, North Yorkshire, England. It has a comprehensive admissions policy and in 2019 had an enrolment of 839 pupils.[2]

Outwood Academy Bydales
Coast Road

, ,
TS11 6AR

Coordinates54°35′46″N 1°01′21″W
MottoStudents First
Local authorityRedcar and Cleveland
Department for Education URN141399 Tables
Chair of GovernorsPatricia Taylor
PrincipalSeana Rice
Age11 to 16
Enrolment839 (September 2019)
  • Asia
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Colour(s)Purple and gold         

The school is operated by Outwood Grange Academies Trust, and the current principal is Seana Rice.[2]


Outwood Academy Bydales was previously Bydales School until 31 January 2015. Prior to this it was Marske County Modern School, built in 1965.[3][4][5]

The original school buildings were demolished[6] after completion of a new PFI building that was opened to pupils on 2 November 2006.[7] The new school buildings – which received criticism over its aesthetics, being described by a resident as "a terrible mess" with "huge liquorice allsorts" on the roof[8] – were officially opened by local MP Vera Baird on 7 November 2007.[9] The same day the school's fair trade shop began trading.[10][11]

The school was accepted, with 114 other schools, onto the trust school programme in April 2008.[12]

In 2008, 61% of pupils achieved 5A*-C GCSEs, including English and maths.[13]

The school won the 'DCSF Award for Sustainable Schools in the North-East and Cumbria' in the Teaching Awards 2009.[14]

The school was inspected by Ofsted on 5 December 2013 where it was placed into special measures.[15] The school's headteacher Alaisdair Kesson resigned in December 2013, a year after joining the school.

On 19 June 2014 the school was announced to become a 'sponsored Academy', joining the Outwood Grange Family of Schools due to Bydales 'special measures' status. On 10 June 2014 the Evening Gazette published an article giving more details about the sponsor arrangements.[16] The school was removed from special measures when it became an academy in February 2015.[17] In October 2015 it was announced by Ofsted that new academies would not be inspected until their third year of opening.[18]

In the first year as Outwood Academy Bydales the number of students achieving 5+A*-C GCSE grades including English and maths rose to 73%[19] some 12% higher that the previous historical best. As a result, it was named in the top three schools for attainment in Teesside for 2015,[20] and first for progress made of students, being in the top 3% of similar schools.[21] The school also had the highest 'Best 8 value-added' score for the Tees Valley in 2015.[22] An article in the Evening Gazette in March 2015 reported the improvements made in the school.[23] In January 2018 the school was rated as outstanding by Ofsted.[24]

After joining the Outwood Grange Family of Schools, Bydales School was renamed Outwood Academy Bydales, converting to an academy on 1 February 2015.[25] The uniform has also transitioned to the new Outwood style, initially with ties handed out to students, followed by the full uniform in January 2015 including blazers.[26]


Outwood Academy Bydales has a small wind turbine, solar panels and a hydrogen fuel cell.[27]


The school's uniform comprises a black school jacket (blazer), white shirt/blouse, black trousers/skirt and tie.[28]

Notable people

Land Speed Record holder Andy Green grew up in Marske and attended Bydales.[29] Singer and songwriter Georgina Anderson from Marske, also attended Bydales.[30] Sean Rose, winter Paralympian (alpine skiing) and World Disabled Water Ski Champion, left Bydales School in 1987.[31]


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  3. "Let's meet again". Evening Gazette (Teesside). 29 March 2006.
  4. "Primary School, Osbaldwick". House of Commons. 24 July 1963.
  5. "Schools, Cleveland 1970". House of Commons. 15 April 1970.
  6. "Redcar and Cleveland Grouped Schools PFI". Robertsons. Retrieved 17 January 2015.
  7. Desira, Joanna (2 November 2006). "Pupils move into new surroundings". Evening Gazette. Retrieved 2 November 2006.
  8. "Allsorts School is tasteless". Evening Gazette. 3 August 2006. Retrieved 17 January 2015.
  9. Craig, White (19 August 2006). "A D-minus for design". Evening Gazette. Retrieved 14 July 2007.
  10. "Bydales celebrate – and offer chance to fair trade". Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council. 6 November 2007. Retrieved 11 November 2007.
  11. "Bydales School shows off eco-credentials". Evening Gazette Communities: TS11. 9 November 2007. Retrieved 17 January 2015.
  12. "Redcar schools win place on Trust programme". Evening Gazette. 11 April 2008. Retrieved 17 January 2015.
  13. Desira, Joanna (15 January 2009). "Performance tables show huge improvement for Teesside schools". Evening Gazette. Retrieved 16 January 2009.
  14. "Teaching Awards 2009: the winners". The Guardian. 23 June 2009. Retrieved 8 February 2014.
  15. "Inspection report". Ofsted. 7 February 2014. Retrieved 8 February 2014.
  16. "Failing Bydales School in Marske will rapidly improve according to new superhead sponsor". Evening Gazette. 10 July 2014. Retrieved 12 July 2014.
  17. "Search results: Inspection Reports". Ofsted. Retrieved 16 October 2015.
  18. "Statement on the timing of inspections for new schools". Ofsted. 2 October 2015. Retrieved 16 October 2015.
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  20. Miller, Claire (15 October 2015). "GCSE results: Teesside's Top 10 schools for pupils getting five top grades including English and maths". Evening Gazette. Archived from the original on 16 October 2015. Retrieved 16 October 2015.
  21. "Performance Tables - The Department for Education - Comparison results". www.education.gov.uk. Retrieved 25 March 2016.
  22. "Performance Tables - The Department for Education - Bydales School, 111729, TS11 6AR". www.education.gov.uk. Retrieved 25 March 2016.
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  24. Joanne, Welford (26 April 2018). "'Masters of their craft': Outwood Academy Bydales ranked outstanding". Evening Gazette (Teesside). Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  25. "Establishment: Outwood Academy Bydales". Edubase. 1 February 2015. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  26. "Letters to Parents". Outwood Academy Bydales. Retrieved 17 January 2015.
  27. "School adopts windof change". Evening Gazette. 26 August 2006. Retrieved 14 July 2007.
  28. "Uniform". Outwood Academy Bydales. Retrieved 17 January 2015.
  29. "Teesside man aims to smash land speed record". Evening Gazette. 24 October 2008. Retrieved 8 February 2015.
  30. Eaves, Krysta. "Georgina Anderson: Teenage girl who touched hearts of people across the world passes away". gazettelive. Retrieved 25 March 2016.
  31. Robson, Dave. "Paralympian Sean Rose halted in world-first bid to cross icecap by snow kite". gazettelive. Retrieved 25 March 2016.
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