Sheffield school judged to be ‘inadequate’

pictured is the New Forge Valley School on Wood Lane Stannington 'Head Teacher Diane McKinlay
pictured is the New Forge Valley School on Wood Lane Stannington 'Head Teacher Diane McKinlay
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A Sheffield secondary school has been placed in special measures just 18 months after it opened.

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

Although its first Ofsted report has not yet been released officially, it has been revealed that an ‘inadequate’ rating was given across the board 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.”

Schools in special measures are subject to more regular inspections.

Sheffield Council said it was working with Forge Valley, its governing body and Ofsted to address issues raised.

Ms McKinlay added the school was starting to demonstrate ‘positive achievements’.

She added: “I would like to assure parents work is ongoing to address areas of concern. We are confident results will improve this year and we will be able to show the school is moving in the right direction.

“The inspection team noted there was also some particularly strong teaching, and that the sixth form is already improving.

“We also note and accept that we need to see more consistently good quality teaching throughout the school.”

Chairman of governors Carole Eaton said the rating was ‘disappointing’.