The Principal of Sheffield Park Academy is Mr R Freeman.
He is supported by:
- Mrs N Elvin - Deputy Principal
- Mrs S El-Hakam – Assistant Principal: Teaching & Learning
- Miss R Molson – Assistant Principal: Additional Needs
- Mrs J Burton - Assistant Principal: VI Form
- Mr M Wainwright – Assistant Principal: Pupil Experience
- Mr M Sykes - Assistant Principal: Progress & Achievement
- Ms K Mills - Senior Leader: Safeguarding & Pastoral Support
Sheffield Park Academy is a high performing 11 – 18 school with almost 1,200 students, housed in a purpose-built £30 million building with excellent technology, arts and sports facilities. We also have a dedicated VI Form, catering for up to 150 students, which delivers a wide range of academic and vocational courses.
Our academy is part of United Learning, a national group of schools which is united by a shared commitment to bring out ‘the best in everyone’. In this, we benefit significantly from opportunities to collaborate within Sheffield and across the country – from enrichment, academic and university access initiatives for students, to staff professional development and support.
We have seen real academic improvement over the last five years. We have received local and national recognition for this, as well as ministerial praise for our performance in Progress 8, with our latest results giving us a scores meaning our students made more progress on average than pupils across England who got similar results at key stage 2 based on 2019 accountability measures.
We are very pleased that, in an inspection in October 2017, Ofsted inspectors confirmed that we continue to be a ‘Good’ school. In their report, they praised a range of aspects of the academy, including the following:
“Strong, determined leadership has ensured that the school builds on the successes outlined in the previous inspection.”
"Behaviour in the school is good. There is a calm, purposeful atmosphere in both classrooms and around the school.”
“Pupils are proud of their school. They talked about the strong support they receive and the way teachers push them, not only to hit their target, but to go beyond it. They particularly appreciated the way teachers are prepared to give of their time freely, running after-school, holiday and Saturday morning classes.”
“Staff receive high-quality training and support.”
“Most-able pupils across all year groups… were unanimous in the view that the school now caters well for their needs as able pupils.”
"Pupils say they feel safe in all areas of the school and clearly appreciate the strong staff presence around the campus. They have confidence in school staff to help them resolve any issues which arise.”
Ofsted also praised our VI Form provision, stating:
“Your work […] has had real impact. You have responded to each point raised and been thorough in your approach. As a result, attainment, achievement and the numbers of learners completing their courses have all improved. Most learners still follow vocational courses, but the number following academic courses is increasing.”
Education with Character
Whilst academic success is very important, at Sheffield Park Academy we believe that there is more to a good education. As well as ensuring our students succeed in exams, we aim to develop character, compassion and service. Throughout their time with us, students are expected to contribute to our school community and to society. We want students to try things they cannot do, to persist in the face of difficulty and to become resilient in overcoming obstacles.
With this in mind, we provide a breadth of opportunities and experiences which seek to help our students become confident, well-rounded and ambitious young adults. Our curriculum and enrichment programme is overflowing with opportunities to try something new and develop new skills. In addition to our very wide range of extracurricular clubs, our students enjoy a diverse range of trips, university visits, talks by inspirational speakers from the worlds of medicine, law and business as well as countless opportunities to collaborate with their peers at United Learning schools across the country.
We are incredibly proud to deliver an Education with Character; an education which challenges, inspires and excites our students and prepares them for the ups and downs of life.