Inspection boost for Sheffield Park Academy

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A SHEFFIELD academy is off the failing blacklist after nearly two years, with inspectors rating the standard of education ‘satisfactory’.

Sheffield Park Academy on the Manor was given a poor report by Ofsted in July 2009 and failed to make progress for many months afterwards.

But the school has now moved out of special measures within the two year deadline and on the back of its best-ever GCSE results last year.

It has also appointed a new permanent principal, Maria Nightingale, who took on the role of acting head in February after joining the school last May.

During their visit inspectors noted the progress that had been made in teaching and learning, behaviour and attendance and also praised the academy’s approach to social and community cohesion.

Sir Ewan Harper, chief executive of academy sponsor the United Learning Trust said: “This is excellent news and a tribute to the hard work of all the staff and students at Sheffield Park.

“Each of them has played their part in turning the corner.

“Everyone associated with the academy can take genuine personal credit for this achievement.

“This is, however, only the first stage for what we want to be a truly outstanding school.”

Mrs Nightingale said she was looking forward to leading the academy to even greater achievements.

She said: “I very much relish the challenge of taking the academy forward. “Coming out of special measures is a hugely significant achievement for everyone here.

“But the hard work does not stop and we are now wholly committed to making Sheffield Park Academy the school that it has the potential to be.”

Shee is the schools’ fourth principal in five years.

Park has been through another troubled period this term with reports of racial tension and a serious incident which saw several pupils arrested by police following an attack on a student.

ULT deputy chief executive Kathy August said the school would continue to be inspected on a regular basis.