Educating Yorkshire deputy headteacher to start educating Sheffield pupils

New Forge Valley School headteacher Dale Barrowclough.
New Forge Valley School headteacher Dale Barrowclough.
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A troubled Sheffield secondary school is ready to welcome a new headteacher - familiar to millions from the hit Channel 4 documentary series Educating Yorkshire.

Dale Barrowclough, deputy head at Thornhill Community Academy, is to take over at Forge Valley School at Stannington after the Easter break.

The Scot became known on the programme as one of the Dewsbury school’s stricter teachers - but was described by staff as having ‘a chocolate heart’.

Dale takes over at a school of which much was expected on its opening in 2011 - but which was placed in special measures by Ofsted a year ago.

Since then it has been taken into the Tapton family of schools, and converted to academy status earlier this year.

Dale said he was delighted with his appointment at an exciting time in Forge Valley’s development.

“I’m committed to improving standards and ensuring Forge Valley provides an outstanding education for all its students,” he said.

“My priority for the first term is to ensure academic achievement is the focus of everyone working in the school, and that students receive all the support they need to achieve this.”

Dale said Educating Yorkshire had revealed how difficult but rewarding working in a school can be.

“The dedication of staff is not unique to Thornhill. Teachers and staff throughout the country work extremely hard, often in a challenging context, to prepare children for their future employment and place in society,” he said.

Dale entered the profession after 13 years in the RAF, serving on the front line in the first Gulf War and completing overseas tours in the Falkland Islands, Hong Kong and Cyprus.

“My RAF service taught me the need for respect, teamwork and discipline, and a clear sense of organisational mission. It is my intention that Forge Valley will come to represent the highest of standards,” he added.