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About us

The Principal of Sheffield Park Academy is Mrs D McShane.

She is supported by:    

  • Mrs S Szafraniec – Executive Director
  • Mr Townell - Deputy Principal
  • Mrs S El-Hakam – Assistant Principal
  • Miss R Molson – Assistant Principal
  • Mrs J Burton - Assistant Principal
  • Mr M Wainwright – Assistant Principal
  • Mr A Smith – Assistant Principal
  • Mr M Sykes - Assistant Principal
  • Ms K Mills - Senior Leader for Safeguarding and Pastoral Support

The Executive Principal at Sheffield Park Academy is Mr C Dillon.

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 and this sustained success places us at the top of Sheffield’s league tables. We have received local and national recognition for this, as well as ministerial praise for our performance in Progress 8, which places us in the top 5% of schools in the country. This new government measure records pupil progress from the end of primary school to the end of secondary school. 

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.”



The school is part of United Learning. United Learning comprises: UCST (Registered in England No: 2780748. Charity No. 1016538) and ULT (Registered in England No. 4439859. An Exempt Charity). Companies limited by guarantee. VAT number 834 8515 12.
Registered address: United Learning, Worldwide House, Thorpe Wood, Peterborough, PE3 6SB. Tel: 01832 864 444

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