A new era begins for Sheffield secondary school

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A Sheffield secondary has entered a new era – as the first school in the city to join with an academy from another authority.

City School at Stradbroke has been renamed Outwood Academy City, after its parent school in Wakefield, Outwood Grange Academy.

City came under pressure to convert to academy status after it was placed in special measures by Ofsted inspectors in 2012.

It moved out of city council control at the beginning of the year.

Staff and students were joined at an opening ceremony by the chain’s chief executive, Sir Michael Wilkins, knighted for services to education in the New Year’s honours list.

He was joined by David Earnshaw, chairman of Outwood Grange Academies Trust, and Dr Phil Budgell, appointed chairman of the academy council.

Outwood staff joined forces with the council last year to try to improve standards of education at City.

Mr Wilkins said the council’s decision to select a sponsor school from outside of the city was ‘courageous’.

He added: “It is a real privilege to be part of Sheffield and we are delighted to be able to work in collaboration with the council and other education providers in shaping the future of education in the city.

“The whole point of schools is that children come first and everything we do must reflect that single goal.”

Dr Budgell said: “The progress made already is having an impact on the outcomes for all children and we are at the start of an exciting new beginning for City.”

Mr Earnshaw promised the trust would never allow under-performance in its academies and said it was a fundamental right of every child to have an outstanding education.