Silverdale School is a coeducational secondary school and sixth form with academy status, in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England. It opened in 1957 as a Secondary Modern school, and became a comprehensive school in 1969. It serves approximately 1,200 pupils from the local area, from ages 11 to 18. In 2004 Silverdale was placed 4th in Sheffield school performance exam league tables. Recent Ofsted reports have been outstanding, as of 2015. The school converted to academy status in January 2013. Michael Vaughan, the former England cricket captain, is a prominent Silverdale ex-pupil.New buildingAs part of the nationwide BSF programme (which aims to see every secondary school in England rebuilt), Silverdale School has a new building. Construction began 6 months late on 26 March 2007 on the site of the old playing fields and opened on 7 January 2009. The scheme is a controversial Private Finance Initiative, meaning ownership of the site has since transferred to Taylor Woodrow, who were named the preferred construction company in 2006. Besides constructing the new building and demolishing the old, Taylor Woodrow Facilities Management will rent the school to Sheffield City Council and other companies who can use its facilities for the next 25 years. After 25 years, the site and building ownership returns to Sheffield City Council.
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