Sheffield Academy school wins award for GCSE achievements

A student phoning home her GCSE  results from Parkwood Academy
A student phoning home her GCSE results from Parkwood Academy
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A Sheffield academy school has been rated as one of the best in the country for pupils’ GCSE achievements.

Parkwood Academy in Shirecliffe has been recognised by the Schools, Students and Teachers Network for the ‘value it adds to students’ achievements at GCSE’.

The school has qualified for an SSAT Educational Outcomes Award by being in the top 10 per cent of schools nationally for progress made by pupils between Key Stage 2 results at primary school and their GCSE results at age 16.

Staff at the school have now been invited to receive their award at a ceremony to be held in Leicestershire next month.

Sue Williamson, SSAT chief executive, said: “Parkwood Academy should be congratulated for their exceptional achievement.

“They have proved themselves to be leading the field in improving GCSE outcomes for their students.

“There is so much good practice this school could share, and I hope they will join us at the celebration evening for the chance to network and share strategies with award-winning schools.

“These results are testament to the commitment and hard work of the students, teachers and leadership team at Parkwood Academy, and show what can be achieved when skilled teachers have high expectations and ambition for every young person.

“I am proud this school is a member of the SSAT network.”

Rachel Smith, principal at Parkwood Academy, said: “It’s fantastic recognition for the school and for all the hard work of staff, pupils and parents at the school.

“We had the best results ever at our school, 51 per cent A* to C in English and maths, and one third of pupils achieved A and A* grades.

“We are in the top three per cent in the country for progress. They come in at Key Stage 2 and are expected nationally to make certain progress.

“But progress here outstrips 97 per cent of schools. It’s the second year in a row we’ve won this award.

“We are really pleased.”