Sheffield’s Silverdale School rated outstanding in every category

Silverdale head Roisin Paul (sixth left) and pupils celebrate the school's Ofsted report.
Silverdale head Roisin Paul (sixth left) and pupils celebrate the school's Ofsted report.
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A leading Sheffield secondary has been judged ‘outstanding’ in all categories by inspectors - on its first check-up since becoming an academy.

Pupils of all abilities and backgrounds at Silverdale are making first class progress right through the school, and standards by the time they were 16 were well above national averages.

Gaps between disadvantaged youngsters and their classmates were closing rapidly because of effective action taken by senior staff.

Teaching was found to be consistently good and frequently outstanding, with staff having excellent subject knowledge which they used expertly to plan challenging activities.

Work was closely matched to students’ needs and abilities but inspectors felt the quality of marking was inconsistent.

Pupil behaviour in lessons and around the Bents Green school was exemplary.

T hey were polite and respectful, and their above average attendance levels showed how much they enjoyed their education.

The school was found to have outstanding leadership and management at all levels, including the governors, ensuring there was a crystal clear view of how it could do even better.

Children felt safe and any rare incidents of bullying were dealt with promptly and successfully.

Inspectors felt that pupils were prepared exceptionally well for life in a multicultural democratic society by the promotion of respect, tolerance and the importance of British values.

Silverdale’s sixth form was also rated as outstanding thanks to expert leadership and management which ensured that nearly all students were achieving extremely well.

The proportion of teenagers going on to higher education, often at prestigious universities, was very large.

Headteacher Roisin Paul said: “Everyone is thrilled with the outcome, especially as under the new Ofsted framework it has become even more difficult to achieve this.

“The result reflects the unstinting hard work and dedication of our talented and highly skilled staff and a passionate and lively student body.”