Sheffield’s Forge Valley school judged ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted

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A Sheffield secondary school has been placed in special measures after its first Ofsted inspection.

Forge Valley Community School, in Stannington, was created as a merger between Wisewood and Myers Grove schools on the latter’s Wood Lane site 18 months ago.

It has been revealed that an ‘inadequate’ rating was given across the board in its first Ofsted inspection and the school placed in special measures.

Schools which require special measures are judged to be failing to give pupils an acceptable standard of education.

Headteacher Diane McKinlay said: “It is extremely disappointing Ofsted has deemed us to be in special measures just 18 months after we opened. This is a new school which is still developing and improving.

“Last year our results weren’t as good as we had expected and, like some other schools, we were particularly badly affected by the GCSE English examinations grade boundary changes.

“When a new school opens it is often the case that results will initially not be great, but early indications are already showing us we can expect results to improve this year.”

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