Sheffield school on track for success

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Sheffield’s newest secondary school is making reasonable progress towards moving out of special measures, an inspection team has found.

Standards of education at Forge Valley Community School in Stannington were found to be inadequate in March 2013, and it received a fourth check-up visit during the summer term.

Recent changes have included the appointment of a new headteacher, Dale Barrowclough, with two new assistant heads due to start next term.

Ten new members of staff will begin work next week to replace 14 who went at the end of July, while the school will formally become part of the Tapton School Academy Trust on September 1.

Inspectors found that previous improvements had been maintained and more pupils around the school were making better than expected progress.

A lot of work had gone into helping youngsters who were likely to fall below their expected targets, through focused teaching and rigorous tracking.

Tactics for better results had included after-school classes, holiday revision camps, extra half term sessions and even a Sunday revision class.

While attendance levels had varied, the number of students turning up showed they were focused on doing their best.

But inspectors were very disappointed that, despite all this work, achievement levels of the school’s most disadvantaged pupils were expected to fall this year.

Results at GCSE for 2015 however were expected to improve, though there was still much to be done.