Inspectors find Sheffield secondary school is taking steps to improve

Pupils working at Forge Valley School
Pupils working at Forge Valley School

Staff at Sheffield secondary school ordered to make improvements by inspectors are taking effective action to turn around its fortunes.

Forge Valley School, in Stannington, was rated as 'requires improvement' following a visit from Ofsted inspectors in April 2017.

Forge Valley School, in Stannington

Forge Valley School, in Stannington

During a monitoring visit, inspectors found that the school was improving.

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In a letter to headteacher, Dale Barrowclough, inspectors said they found that senior leaders and governors are taking effective action to tackle areas requiring improvement in order for the school to be rated as 'good'.

The inspectors highlighted improvements in the effectiveness of leadership and management, quality of teaching, learning and assessment and pupils personal development, behaviour and welfare.

Mr Barrowclough, said: “This is a very positive report recognising that Forge Valley continues to improve. This report justifies our improved community reputation, leading to Forge Valley being oversubscribed from September.”

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The report commented that ‘staff are motivated, energised and keen to take ownership’ and that pupils were responding confidently to the changes ‘taking pride in their work.’

It recommended further action in attendance, action planning and school to school partnerships in order to become ‘good.’

Mr Barrowclough added: "The school has capacity to continue this improvement and the team are fully committed to continuing the journey towards a ‘good’ Ofsted judgement.”

The school became part of the Tapton School Academy Trust in September 2014.

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Inspectors found the school has begun to benefit from support in teaching, learning and assessment and the provision of professional development opportunities.

Trust chief executive and director of secondaries, David Dennis, said: "We are delighted that our trust is collaborating and supporting the rapid improvement at Forge Valley School as we endeavour to realise the life chances and dreams of every student.”