Awards for ‘educational outcomes’ at Sheffield schools

Pupils at Fir Vale School celebrate their good Ofsted report with Head Breffni Martin

Pupils at Fir Vale School celebrate their good Ofsted report with Head Breffni Martin

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Sheffield schools have been recognised with awards for pupils’ progress made between key stage two and key stage four in 2015.

The educational outcomes data analysis from The Schools, Students’ and Teachers’ Network (SSAT) revealed Fir Vale School to be among the top 10 per cent schools for progress, and Parkwood E-ACT Academy to be among the top 20 per cent.

Fir Vale is paraded as a best practice school in the SSAT publication and is also set to feature in the next Parliamentary Review this summer, as a successful school functioning within exceptional circumstances.

Breffni Martin, Headteacher of Fir Vale School said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive this prestigious award from the SSAT, which is not only a reflection on the hard work of our staff and students but also the incredible support of parents and the wider community.”

Fir Vale saw major improvement in students achieving five A*-C grades including Maths and English in 2015 after previously failing to hit the national benchmark in 2014 with 39 per cent of pupils at that level. The 2015 GCSE results showed a strong upturn with 46 per cent of students making the grade.

Rachel Smith, Principal at Parkwood E-ACT Academy said: “It’s the second year in a row that we’ve won this award. We’d like to thank staff, students and parents as this achievement is testament to all of their hard work and dedication.”

Sue Williamson, Chief Executive of SSAT said: “I have the privilege of visiting a lot of schools and I am always impressed by the creativity of teachers in engaging and inspiring their students.l hope that SSAT’s Educational Outcomes award will highlight the professionalism, commitment and hard work of the leaders, teachers and students.” The awards will be presented at a regional celebration event in the summer.

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