Fir Vale School
|Motto||Making dreams a reality|
|Headteacher||Ms Breffni Martin|
Coordinates: 53°24′26″N 1°26′50″W / 53.407293°N 1.447256°W
|Local authority||City of Sheffield|
|DfE URN||138925 Tables|
|Ages||Year 7 Age 11–Year 11 Age 16|
|Houses||Sheaf, Loxley, Porter, Rivelin, Owler|
|Colours||Silver and Purple. Green and Orange (Former). Blue (Sheaf). Loxley (Green). Porter (Yellow). Rivelin (Red). Owler (Orange).|
|Publication||Fir Vale Newsletter|
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.
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. In 2015 they got a "Good" review from Ofsted.
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.
In 2015 Fir Vale had a very successful set of results. With 78% 3 Levels Progress in English and 23% A*-A grades some of the highest figures in Sheffield. Their Progress 8 score was a very good 0.2 which is remarkable given their starting points.
Fir Vale is a popular school and is full and oversubscribed. The majority of students are BME with a more recent intake of eastern European background; the multi ethnic intake reflecting their diverse local community. Whilst the school serves a deprived social-economic community with 37% of the students qualifying for a free school meal, the area is gradually being regenerated and our parents and carers have high levels of aspirations and expectations for their children and the school. Most of their students go on to 6th Form and academic study.
The school integrates its Romani students.
The school is a successful Business and Enterprise College and the Master Cutlers Curriculum started in 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 their Director of Specialism.
The current Head teacher is Ms Breffni Martin.
They were visited by Howard Webb
- "Ofsted - June 2015". Fir Vale School. Fir Vale School Academy Trust. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
- "Three major Sheffield schools fail to hit GCSE grade targets". The Star. The Star. 30 January 2015. Retrieved 16 May 2015.
- "South Yorkshire schools fail to meet national average GCSE standards after controversial changes to ratings system". Sheffield Telegraph. 30 January 2015.
- "Fir Vale - About Us". Retrieved 11 July 2016.
- Sam Jackson (18 April 2015). "Hundreds of children refused secondary school places in Sheffield". The Star. Retrieved 16 May 2015.
- "A Sheffield school turns to martial arts training to help Roma pupils integrate in classroom". The Star. 12 May 2015. Retrieved 16 May 2015.
- Helen Ward (27 March 2015). "Boxing clever to improve Roma pupils' behaviour".
- "Former referee Howard Webb to present Sheffield school awards". The Star. 20 October 2014. Retrieved 16 May 2015.
- "Students celebrate achievements at a Sheffield sixth form college". The Star. 15 April 2015. Retrieved 16 May 2015.
- "Fir Vale School go to Ghana". www.burngreavemessenger.org. Retrieved 2016-01-14.