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Sheffield is used to being something of a poor relation when it comes to education rankings.

While the city has plenty of good schools and talented pupils, when it comes to league tables and the like Sheffield generally comes somewhere in the lower reaches.

So how refreshing that a city secondary for once is in the spotlight after being named Comprehensive School of the Year by a leading national newspaper.

Tapton in Crosspool has been playing an increasingly prominent role in Sheffield education circles in recent years.

One of the first to go down the academy route, it is now at the head of a trust which has taken other struggling schools under its wing, including Chaucer and Forge Valley.

These efforts to export the Tapton model of success to other parts of the city apparently impressed the judges at the Sunday Times.

So did its always impressive exam results, which this year reached new heights at both GCSE and A-level.

While the award is great news for staff, students, parents and governors on Darwin Lane, it is also a welcome feather in the cap for the city – and will hopefully serve as inspiration for others.

* Sheffield school ranked best in the country

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