Sheffield school marks tenth anniversary

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A SHEFFIELD school has kicked off celebrations to mark its 10th birthday with a special exhibition for children and parents.

Valley Park Primary in Gleadless was created in September 2003 as the amalgamation of two other primaries.

Since then it has grown in size – from having 300 pupils to more than 400 – and also by adding a foundation phase for youngsters from the age of three.

Dozens of parents and nearby residents have enjoyed a special exhibition of pupils’ work and photographs to mark the milestone.

Headteacher Alan Woodman has been at the school from day one and was the former headteacher of one of the schools it was created from.

He said: “It brought together the community that day here in Gleadless Valley.

“We’ve worked since then to unite the school unit, the community and bring people together.”

Crowds have admired the exhibition of colourful work from pupils which aims to show the school’s ethos and achievement during three open days.

It will also stay on display at the Norton Avenue school.

Alan said: “We are trying to display the curriculum, and the ethos of Valley Park school that we feel we have achieved over the years.

“We want to show the development and the process from foundation to year six with our approach to learning.”

He added: “Our approach to learning is where we set out to excited and promote active learning, we want children to be interested in what they are doing.

“The exhibition has celebrated bringing everyone together and I think we are setting our stall out for the future too.”

Herdings and Hemsworth were the two schools that closed before Valley Park was created.

And there are plans to keep community spirit firmly on the timetable in future.

Alan added: “I am old-fashioned and believe in generating community spirit through community schools.

“Along the way there are changes in education but children always have to be at the forefront.”