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Fir Vale School was opened in September 1998 and has been on a journey of school improvement to provide high quality education for the local community. The school has Business and Enterprise specialist status and belongs to a Leading Edge partnership within Sheffield. A 300 place extension was completed in 2011 providing a total of 1050 places to help meet local demand. On 1st November 2012, the school opened as an Academy – Fir Vale School Academy Trust. 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.
School Population: 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 our 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 our students go on to 6th Form and academic study.
School Establishment: There are currently 115 staff in school. Teaching and Support staff alike are dedicated in supporting high quality learning outcomes for all. New staff must have the expertise and talent to play their part in this exciting school where there is a belief that education can make a fundamental difference to the life chances of young people.
The Senior Leadership Team have corporate responsibility and provide link line management for Directors and Leaders of Learning. In addition to the Headteacher, the Senior Leadership Team has a Senior Deputy Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher, four Assistant Headteachers and Business Manager. Strong emphasis is placed on further individual professional development and all middle leaders are expected to contribute to policy formation and implementation in specific curriculum areas and on whole school issues and developments. Teaching and learning which promotes high level student achievement is the core business.
Staff within the school are encouraged to take the initiative and to develop individual ideas and are expected to contribute to the wide range of extra curricular activities on offer for students, before school, after school, weekends and during school holidays.
This combined with a variety of study support sessions ensures that Fir Vale delivers a full range of extended services.
Premises: In September 2001 the school began the academic year in a new £15 million purpose built flagship school building which is a design, build and maintain concept under a Private Finance Initiative with Sheffield LA. An additional 300 place extension was completed in 2011 to accommodate an increase in the places available for Year 7 from 150 to 210 per year. This is an inspiring and stimulating building in which to work.
The curriculum is delivered in specialist suites of rooms, each teaching room being equipped with an interactive whiteboard. The state of the art premises have full ICT network access with over 200 desktop PC’s and class sets of laptops and ipads, utilising wireless connectivity. ICT resources are further enhanced following investment through the BSF ICT programme.
The Fir Vale Enterprise Centre officially opened in December 2007 and provides ‘state of the art’ facilities for student and community learning.
School Organisation: The school operates a five period (60 minutes) day and all students follow the National Curriculum. The school timetable comprises of 50 one hour lessons over a two week timetable. Students are set from year 7 and the school places a high priority on tracking student progress and ensuring the fulfilling of individuals’ potential. A guidance programme is in place and complements an extended core provision for Key Stage 4 students. An indication of our determination and commitment to raising standards and the attainment of our students.
The school encourages a positive ethos, raising students’ self esteem and confidence. There are a number of systems of rewards and incentives which acknowledge attendance, punctuality, good social and academic behaviour.
Governors and parents play an active role within the school community and this is reflected in the interest and supportive attitude of parents. This support and belief in the school’s future is also reflected in the number of students applying for entry to the school in year 7. Projected numbers continue to give encouragement and a great emphasis is placed on building strong, mutually beneficial curriculum links with the main partner primary schools. New appointees would be expected to build on and further these links.
14-19 Provision: The school has worked closely with other schools in the North East of the city in developing the 14 -19 education provision, which involves us in the cluster along with representatives from the FE/HE Sectors and the Local Authority. We see the transition from 14+ as a seamless progression suited to the needs of the individual student. The opportunities that will continue to arise from this close co-operation are boundless and will only be limited by our own lack of vision. Longley Park Sixth Form College opened in September 2004 and HillsboroughCollege opened in 2005 providing for the students high quality local post 16 provision.
Strategic Development: The school is continually seeking to raise standards and develop further within the context of innovation and diversity. As Sheffield’s first specialist school for Business and Enterprise the school plays a pivotal role in regeneration and lifelong learning. This status provides greater opportunities for our students, our community and our staff. In 2013, the school became a Microsoft IT Academy to enhance the provision for individuals and the local business community.
The school works in close collaboration with its ‘Family of Schools’ comprising of six primary schools as well as positive working partnerships and projects with other secondary schools in Sheffield.
Extended Service Activity: Fir Vale, along with the family of schools, have a joint appointment to lead on developing and delivering extended services work across the group of schools. All benefit from the employment of a team co-ordinating elements of ‘Extended Service’ provision and also providing specific support for families. A programme of community and adult learning takes place within the school.
Consideration of employment at Fir Vale School: Fir Vale School provides an exciting and fulfilling challenge to dedicated, well-qualified professionals who believe in the philosophies of school improvement and school effectiveness. A firm belief in the potential of all students to achieve is essential.
Our expectations are high, at the heart of the school are the students and our mission is to provide them all with the highest standards of teaching and the very best learning opportunities, in order to enable each and every one of them to “make their dreams a reality”.
Mission: Making dreams a reality
20 of our Y10 students teamed up with professional barristers and the School of Law at the University of Sheffield to explore fictitious court cases. The pupils worked hard to develop their advocacy and critical thinking skills and were supported by the His Honour Toby Hooper QC to gain knowledge about the rule of Law and careers in Law. The students contributions, focus and conduct were exemplary and they left feeling successful and motivated. They were a credit to themselves and the
Performance Friday! at Fir Vale School. Pupils: Dezider, Leenah, Xian, Alex, Kamil, Matej, Malaikah, Qian & Jasmin performed their own compositions along with other various pieces. If you would like to perform contact: Mr Cullumbine, Mr Davey or Mrs Smith.
Well done to our fabulous Fir Vale students who gave their final presentation on mental health at the Northern General Hospital after a two year involvement with the 'Made in Sheffield' programme. They completed a two week placement in a hospital, working alongside other Sheffield Schools as part of the "Cutlers Ambassadors" scheme to build their skills ready for the world of work. The students did an excellent job and were a credit to Fir Vale School.
Congratulations to Huda for producing absolutely fantastic Hegarty Maths work!
Fir Vale School celebrated pupil achievement and GCSE success at the annual Presentation Evening.
It was standing room only as pupils, GCSE graduates, parents, staff and leading members of the local community gathered in the Sports Hall, transformed for the evening.
Pupils and former students told their own stories on film and live in front of the audience. An amazing solo rendition of Elton John's Your Song was performed by a Fir Vale pupil.
Head teacher Rachel Smith said: "It was a fantastic night where our pupils and GCSE graduates joined together to share truly amazing experiences from the last 12 months; showcasing a wide range of skills, from leadership to community action, sporting triumph to academic attainment. It was a privilege to witness their individual and team success stories."
Fireman Gary came into school to talk to our students about a career in the Fire Service. "The most important thing is having the right attitude".
Journalist Josh Smith shared great tips on how to be a journalist with Fir Vale students. He works at Peak FM and came in to talk to our students about a career in journalism.
Fir Vale Students took part in #TakeoverDay at Sheffield Children’s Hospital. They found the experience insightful and interesting. Check out Children’s Twitter feed below. Thank you to Sheffield Children’s Hospital for the opportunity!
The Parents' Forum asked recently for information on how children can access our school IT network from home. Here's the link: http://www.firvale.com/assets/News/Remote-Access.pdf
This includes free access to Microsoft Office 365 applications and free online storage. Simon Hawkins - HT
[09/13/18] Fir Vale School Year 5/6 Open Evening Wednesday 19 September - 6pm - 8pm
CALLING ALL FORMER STUDENTS
If you’re a former student of Fir Vale School, we want to hear from you!
Your experiences since leaving could help to motivate and inspire our current students to feel more confident in making decisions about their future. We’d love you to join our alumni network and stay connected with the school.
We’ve partnered with the national education charity Future First, who specialise in helping schools like ours to stay connected with their former students.
You can choose how and when you help – perhaps you can act as a career and education role model, provide work experience, become a mentor in person or online, or help with donations, fundraising or even apply to become a governor.
It doesn’t matter when you left us, whether you’re in further education or employment, whether you still live nearby or have moved further away, there are still ways you can help. Having worked at Fir Vale School for 20 years, I feel it is incredibly important that we show our students where a “Fir Vale” education can take them in life! We’d like to hear from you, whatever you are doing now and wherever in the world you might be!
In order to sign up, just follow this link and fill in the online form –it will only take a couple of minutes.
Thank you for your support
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Massive congratulations to the Y7 cricket team who won the Sheffield District Final on the penultimate ball! Well done! We go again next year... 🏏🏏
MOM Amaad Mohammed
'Best in Sheffield'
Congratulations to our Y7 Cricket Team. Winners of the Sheffield District title and a credit to the school. Well done!
Dawn Broom with her silver award for work in special needs education. Well done!
thestar.co.uk A Sheffield teacher has been honoured for the work with pupils with special educational needs.
Fir Vale Academy teacher honoured in national celebration of teaching
[06/08/18] Year 9 Progress Event - Wed 13th June (3:30pm - 5:30pm)
Fir Vale PE Ambassadors led a primary Kwick cricket competition for 8 local primary schools with Adam Fuller from Arches this week, at Shiregreen Cricket Club.
[05/14/18] Good Luck to all Y11 in their GCSE Exams.
Letter to parents re: Ramadan arrangements.
Y11 Summer examination arrangements
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Well done to the year 9’s who beat Firth Park today
Thurs 10th May (3:30pm -- 5:00pm) - Year 9 'Next Steps' Evening for pupils and their parents.
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What a fantastic trip it has been. Both sets of students have got on better than we could of ever wished for. They have been a credit to both schools and will have no doubt made memories that will last for a lifetime. The planning starts for the 2019 tour ⚽️
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Morning tour around the Amsterdam arena. Now for our 2nd fixture
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We are on our way. Fir Vale football tour 2018 🇳🇱
Pupils quiz MP during visit to Sheffield school
Read more at: https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/education/pupils-quiz-mp-during-visit-to-sheffield-school-1-9093944
thestar.co.uk Young politicians have quizzed a Sheffield MP during her visit to a Sheffield school.
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Celebrating Science Week - Exploration & Discovery https://goo.gl/dZKE7M
Sunday 18th March 2018 at 7:20pm
Icy conditions means Fir Vale School will open at 10am tomorrow (19.3.18) for pupils. All pupils are expected to attend school but take care on your journey. Simon Hawkins, Headteacher
Yorkshire finals tomorrow 🏆🏏 at Headingley stadium
Year 8 Progress Event - Wednesday 28 February (15:30 - 18:00)
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Only 7 weeks until Fir Vale PE’s first trip abroad to Holland ⚽️
Well done to our year 7/8’s who have made it to the Yorkshire finals at headingley 🏏
Back to school tomorrow for another year filled with sporting opportunities ⚽️🏀🏈🏏🎽🏓🏆🥇
Still plenty of games to be played in the football season across all year groups ⚽️. It is also the start of the cricket season for year 8’s in the super 8’s tournament 🏏.
Please see student news for club details. It is week 2 tomorrow so year 10’s will have PE in the am.
Star double spread. Our amazing pupils!
Congratulations Owais, you make FV proud.
Owais Bhatti collecting his award tonight at the Sheffield town hall for best cricketer in the Sheffield district 🥇🏏
Y11 Progress Event tonight 3:30pm - 6pm
Year 9’s won their second game in a row tonight against Tapton. Marosh scoring 4 goals tonight to add to his 5 goals last week. Danyal with the other goal to help win the game 5-4. A great team effort with some brilliant defending to see the game out.
Marosh ⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️ and man of the match
What an amazing night at our Annual Presentation Evening. Guest speaker was The Lord Lieutenant of South Yorkshire Mr Andrew Coombe.
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