at , Sheffield, S4 8 United Kingdom
Fir Vale Academy Trust is a secondary school with Converter academy status in Page Hall, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England, It is a school in a very challenging context. History Fir Vale School was opened in 1998 by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh to replace the troubled Earl Marshall School under the government's "Fresh Start" scheme. It serves approximately 930 students from the local area with a wide cultural mix, over 35 languages are spoken in the school. Fir Vale achieved an "Outstanding" review from Ofsted in 2006. Fir Vale is also one of only 300 national ‘Leading Edge’ Schools in the country and regularly shares Best Practice with other schools. The school is heavily oversubscribed and therefore a major new building project began in December 2010 which was finished in December 2011. A new teaching block was constructed and existing spaces were converted, allowing the annual intake to increase from 150 to 210 students. The main school is a PFI build and the contractor is Interserve.Specialism The school is a successful Business and Enterprise College and the Master Cutlers Curriculum is starting this year (2014) to give the students the best skill set for being ‘employment ready’. Through its specialism the school has recruited a wide range of ‘Business’ Governors and has created a range of Business partnerships. The school is now also a ‘Microsoft Academy’ running courses for staff, students and the local community. In 2013 Fir Vale students successfully bid for a Fir Vale radio station which they now run with our Director of Specialism.Academic Performance Students at the school now make excellent progress and in 2013, students achieved the best ever results for the school with 53% of the Year 11 cohort achieving 5 A*-C including English and Maths at GCSE. Over 80% of our students go on to traditional 6th form college to pursue ‘A’ level courses, science in particular is very popular and a large percentage of students go to university to follow careers in science. Many of these come back as part of the school’s Alumni Mentoring Programme. The current Head teacher is Ms Breffni Martin.
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