Silverdale School

This article is about the school in Sheffield, England. For other uses, see Silverdale School (disambiguation).
Silverdale School
Type Academy
Headteacher Roisin Paul
Location Bents Crescent
South Yorkshire
S11 9QH
Coordinates: 53°21′06″N 1°31′51″W / 53.35171°N 1.53071°W / 53.35171; -1.53071
DfE number 373/4229
DfE URN 139167 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Students 1,300
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–18

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.[1] Recent Ofsted reports have been outstanding, as of 2015.[2] The school converted to academy status in January 2013. Michael Vaughan, the former England cricket captain, is a prominent Silverdale ex-pupil.

New building

As 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.

The new building has been built on greenbelt land, and its footprint is twice the size of the old building. Inside the building, all classrooms have interactive whiteboards, state-of-the-art sports facilities and an enhanced ICT system.

Demolition of the old building began in February 2009. A new field and all weather sports pitch was built on the land, and is now available for use.

Exam pass rate

In 2008 80% of pupils who took GCSE exams achieved the standard of 5 A*–C grades, including Maths and English.[3] This is above both the Local Authority average of 40.8% and the national average of 47.6%.[3]

The average points score for AS and A2 Level students was 870, above the national average of 739.8.[4]

The Prime Minister's Global Fellowship

The school has a good record of students attaining places on the Prime Minister's Global Fellowship programme. The school achieved its first two students in the inaugural year of the programme, 2008, and in 2009 had another successful applicant.[5]

Notable former pupils


  1. 2005 exam results, BBC site. Retrieved 14 February 2007
  2. OFSTED report, March 2009. Retrieved 23 November 2012.
  3. 1 2 "Education - League Tables - Secondary schools in Sheffield". BBC News.
  4. "Education - League Tables - Secondary schools in Sheffield". BBC News.
  5. British Council website "Fellows". Retrieved 10 November 2009.
  6. "Michael Vaughan". Cricinfo.
  7. "Emmerdale's Steve Butler".
  8. "Could it be flu too for U2 tour?". Sheffield Telegraph.
  9. "Silverdale". Sheffield Telegraph.
  10. Paul Fletcher (22 March 2013). "George Long: Sheffield United's future in safe hands". BBC Sport.
  11. "Sheffield Under 15 Squad – 2008-2009". Retrieved 22 October 2015.
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