Sheffield academy makes ‘great strides’

students celebrate at Sheffield Park Academy.
students celebrate at Sheffield Park Academy.
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A once-troubled Sheffield secondary school is on the up after inspectors gave it an improved rating following a two-day check-up.

Sheffield Park Academy on the Manor – which was Waltheof School until 2006 – has moved on significantly since its last inspection in 2011 and is now ranked as ‘good’.

The new report praises its intelligent leadership, influential governors and the creation of a clear vision for the future which staff and students have embraced.

Achievement levels, teaching quality and the pupils’ behaviour have all improved and there are good relationships between the students and with staff.

Weaknesses found at the last inspection have all been effectively tackled – including a huge boost in attendance levels.

Rising standards achieved over the last three years are set to continue, according to the school’s calculations.

Inspectors also found pupils with special needs and from disadvantaged backgrounds were making particularly good progress.

Areas still needing work included the new sixth form and teaching for more able students, but the inspectors concluded: “The academy remains on a journey towards being an outstanding provider of education.

“It has taken great strides and has improved substantially.”

Headteacher Craig Dillon said: “The inspectors’ report is a vote of confidence for our students and everything that we have all been working so hard to achieve.

“We are determined to improve even further and give the community the outstanding school it deserves. The academy has made huge strides forwards in recent years and it is heartening that the inspectors recognised how much progress has been made.”

Year 7 student Nawras Salha said: “I always knew Sheffield Park Academy was a good school and now Ofsted have confirmed it. I love coming here every day and my family and I are really pleased with my rate of progress.”