REVEALED: How is your child's school doing, and is it one of Sheffield's two 'underperforming' secondaries?

Two secondary schools in Sheffield are 'underperforming', but overall the city's schools are outshining those in the rest of England.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 19th January 2017, 8:26 am
Updated Friday, 20th January 2017, 10:37 am
The proportion of underperforming secondary schools is lower in Sheffield than on average in England
The proportion of underperforming secondary schools is lower in Sheffield than on average in England

That's according to government statistics published today, which show that nearly 300 secondary schools nationally are failing to meet minimum targets at GCSE level.

Chaucer School and UTC (University Technical College) Sheffield are the only secondaries out of 26 in Sheffield failing to make the grade.

That makes the city slightly better than the national average when it comes to the proportion of underperforming secondaries, with a rate of 7.7 per cent compared with 9.3 per cent for England as a whole.

Rotherham has no underperforming schools, while four out of 17 in Doncaster (23.5 per cent) and two out of nine in Barnsley (22.2 per cent) are falling short, statistics from the Department for Education show.

This is the first year schools have been judged according to the Progress 8 measure, which assesses how much pupils have improved between leaving primary school and finishing secondary school.

A positive score generally indicates students are doing better than expected, while a negative one shows the reverse.

Ministers claim this is a fairer way of ranking schools than the old method, which was based on the proportion of students getting five or more C grade GCSEs including maths.

Chaucer School, in Parson Cross, achieved a Progress 8 rating of -0.58, while UTC Sheffield, in the city centre, scored -0.73.

Sheffield's best-performing schools were Sheffield Park Academy, with a Progress 8 score of +0.93, and Handsworth Grange Community College, which scored +0.53 under the new measure.

Councillor Jackie Drayton, cabinet member for children, young People and families at Sheffield Council, said: "It is great to see Sheffield schools going from strength to strength. These results highlight the positive improvements we have seen in our schools over the past five years.

"This year we have seen fewer underperforming schools as well as an increase in the number of schools judged as good and outstanding by Ofsted – now over 80 per cent compared to 73 per cent in 2015.

"However, we are not, and never have been, complacent. We have high expectations that every child in Sheffield should go to a great school and achieve their full potential. We will continue to work with all our schools to boost standards further."

Schools minister Nick Gibb said: "Today's figures confirm that the hard work of teachers and pupils across the country is leading to higher standards, and for that they should be congratulated."

He added that the attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers had narrowed by seven per cent since 2011, and there were now nearly 1.8 million more children in good and outstanding schools than in 2010.

Malcolm Trobe, interim general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said: "Congratulations to schools and pupils on these results, which have been achieved against a national backdrop of a funding and recruitment crisis."

He described Progress 8 as a fairer measure of performance than what it replaced, but warned that the results could be distorted by as few as one or two children at a school missing exams due to illness or a personal crisis.


School//Progress 8 score//Percentage of pupils getting A*-Cs in GCSE English and maths//Average point score per academic entry for A-levels and equivalent qualifications

SheffieldAl Huda Academy (Jamia Al-Hudaa): n/a / n/a/ n/aAl-Mahad-Al-Islami: n/a / 46% / n/aAll Saints' Catholic High School: 0.01 / 56% / 27.63Avicenna Academy: n/a / n/a / n/aBethany School: n/a / n/a / n/aBirkdale School: n/a / 99% / 39.73Birley Community College: -0.22 / 47% / n/aBradfield School: -0.18 / 76% / 30.84Chapeltown Academy: n/a / n/a / 30.07Chaucer School Sheffield: -0.58 / 41% / n/aEcclesfield School Sheffield: -0.19 / 52% / n/a Fir Vale School Academy: -0.17 / 37% / n/aFirth Park Academy Sheffield: 0.02 / 44% / n/a Forge Valley School: 0.05 / 57% / 27.91Handsworth Christian School: n/a / 57% / n/aHandsworth Grange Community Sports College: 0.53 / 59% / n/aHigh Storrs School: -0.02 / 74% / 33.98Hinde House 3-16 School: 0.39 / 52% / n/aKing Ecgbert School: 0.48 / 83% / 35.97King Edward VII School: -0.03 / 61% / 29.74Longley Park Sixth Form College: n/a / n/a / 23.17Meadowhead School Academy Trust: 0.03 / 69% / 28.99Newfield Secondary School: 0.33 / 59% / n/a Notre Dame High School: 0.31 / 81% / 32.60Oak Tree High: n/a / 23% / n/aOasis Academy Don Valley: n/a / n/a / n/aOutwood Academy City: 0.30 / 68% / n/aParkwood E-Act Academy: 0.33 / 45% / n/aThe Sheffield College: n/a / n/a / 19.92Sheffield High School: n/a / 95% / 39.22Sheffield Park Academy: 0.93 / 69% / 27.70Sheffield Springs Academy: -0.27 / 43% / 26.55Silverdale School: 0.48 / 80% / 36.22Stocksbridge High School: -0.36 / 55% n/aTapton School: 0.48 / 80% / 37.53UTC Sheffield Olympic Legacy: n/a / n/a / n/aUTC Sheffield Sheffield S1: -0.73 / 59% / 20.29Westbourne School: n/a / 79% / n/aWestfield School: -0.22 / 57% / n/aYewlands Technology College: -0.34 / 60% / n/a