Fir Vale School Academy Trust

Fir Vale School Academy Trust

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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”.

Breffní Martin


Delighted to have our Parents' Forum meeting today. 25 parents met with me to discuss school improvement and our next steps. Real energy, sense of purpose; thank you for coming and supporting us. Thanks to those who joined me for the photo too! Simon Hawkins #FVSAT_partnership

Fir Vale Academy teacher honoured in national celebration of teaching

[06/08/18]   Year 9 Progress Event - Wed 13th June (3:30pm - 5:30pm)

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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.

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[05/14/18]   Good Luck to all Y11 in their GCSE Exams.

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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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A 8-2 defeat for our year 7/8’s and a 4-3 win for our year 9/10’s. We go again tomorrow. ⚽️🇳🇱

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Morning tour around the Amsterdam arena. Now for our 2nd fixture

Vacancies - Fir Vale School

Post of Deputy Headteacher at Fir Vale School - L22 - L26 (£66,017 - £72,810). For more information If you are interested in any of the following posts and would like further information, please contact us on: 0114 243 9391 or email

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We are on our way. Fir Vale football tour 2018 🇳🇱

Pupils quiz MP during visit to Sheffield school

Pupils quiz MP during visit to Sheffield school

Read more at: Young politicians have quizzed a Sheffield MP during her visit to a Sheffield school.

Fir Vale School Academy Trust's cover photo

Fir Vale School Academy Trust's cover photo

Celebrating Science - Exploration and Discovery! - Fir Vale School

Celebrating Science Week - Exploration & Discovery

[03/18/18]   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

Good luck!

Yorkshire finals tomorrow 🏆🏏 at Headingley stadium

We can learn from icebergs - Fir Vale School

See the Headteacher's latest blog "We can learn from icebergs" This week marks another step change at Fir Vale but to an outsider it might sound really simple: we move from three to two lunch sittings. On the face of it, this is a pretty small thing to do; the reality is somewhat different. We need to move to two sittings to avoid the disruption to the teaching...

[03/02/18]   Update 2/3/18 Fir Vale School closed - Pavements and school site covered in black ice. Not safe to be open. Please check our website for updates. Y11 BTEC exam will be rescheduled.

[03/01/18]   Friday 2/3/18 - Fir Vale School will be open at 10am. Please check website for updates. Simon Hawkins, Headteacher.

[03/01/18]   Due to the extreme weather, snow and ice Fir Vale School is closed today (1.3.18). The roads and site are not safe and the forecast suggests little or no improvement. Please check our website for updates. Thank you for your support. Simon Hawkins, Headteacher

[02/28/18]   Fir Vale School: due to a significant change in adverse weather conditions and worsening forecast for rest of the day we are closed on 28/2/18. Any pupil that needs to stay at school will be cared for until they go home. Please check our website: we expect to be open tomorrow.

[02/28/18]   Due to the weather conditions the school will start at 9:30am today.

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 ⚽️

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Well done to the year 9 football team that beat king Ecgberts this evening 6-3. Leo with ⚽️⚽️⚽️ and Danny with ⚽️⚽️⚽️.

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[02/13/18]   Update 13/2/2018 at 4:49pm School is open as usual tomorrow. All parents and carers have been texted a link to our website with a letter regarding what happened today. Our school is a safe, caring and happy place. Simon Hawkins, Headteacher.

Welcome to Fir Vale School - Fir Vale School

There was an incident at school involving a car. Nobody hurt,everyone safe & pupils sent home. Police investigating. See Post of Deputy Headteacher at Fir Vale School - L22 - L26 (£66,017 - £72,810). For more information...

Well done!

Well done to our year 7/8’s who have made it to the Yorkshire finals at headingley 🏏

Vacancies - Fir Vale School

Post of Deputy Headteacher at Fir Vale School - L22 - L26 (£66,017 - £72,810). For more information If you are interested in any of the following posts and would like further information, please contact us on: 0114 243 9391 or email

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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

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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

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