End of term high at ‘good’ new academy in Sheffield

Sheila Constance, Garry Weatherall, Principal of FPA Dean Jones, Alan Law, Sioned Mair-Richards, Peter Price, MP Harry Harpham, Deputy Lord Mayor Denise Fox, Assistant Principal Mat Galvin, English Teacher Eve Tomlinson.
Sheila Constance, Garry Weatherall, Principal of FPA Dean Jones, Alan Law, Sioned Mair-Richards, Peter Price, MP Harry Harpham, Deputy Lord Mayor Denise Fox, Assistant Principal Mat Galvin, English Teacher Eve Tomlinson.

Progress across subjects including the core ones of English, maths and science has “risen sharply” at a new Sheffield academy, Ofsted inspectors have found.

Firth Park Academy was rated ‘good’ across the spectrum following the recent inspection by education watchdogs Ofsted, who said that the vast majority of students make good progress as a result of a ‘relentless drive by new leaders to raise the quality of teaching’.

The Ofsted grading was celebrated along with other positive news for the academy at the end of term by new principal Dean Jones, staff , governors and pupils.

Successes have included Year 11 student Darcy Deakin winning Silver and Bronze medals in European Youth Olympic trials in Azerbaijan, two students gaining entry to the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, and another two students enjoying starring roles in Camelot at the Crucible Theatre.

A party including Deputy Lord Mayor Denise Fox, MP for Sheffield Brightside Harry Harpham and local councillors Sheila Constance, Alan Law, Garry Weatherall, Peter Rippon, Sioned Mair-Richards and Peter Price visited the academy to share in an end of year event with delighted staff, pupils and governors.

There is a new community ambassadors’ team at the academy, and the visitors helped celebrate its launch as volunteer students prepare to make a difference within their local area by offering help where it is needed.

Mr Harpham said: ““Pupils and staff at Firth Park Academy can be rightly proud of the enormous effort they have made over the last year, and the latest Ofsted rating reflects their hard work.

“I am very pleased to be visiting them today and sharing in the celebration of their achievement.”

Having formed a culture of student leadership, the academy is also pleased to be earning the highest number of Children’s University awards in the city and runs a successful Cutlers Ambassadors scheme, in which students work with leaders in local industries.

Firth Park is not yet outstanding because the standard of teaching in some subjects still needs to be raised, said Ofsted, and some students’ attitudes to learning are not consistently positive.