Headteacher's Press ReleaseThu 26 Oct 2017
Fir Vale School: Developing Pupil Literacy
Celebrating our Reading Challenge
1. Fir Vale School is celebrating the annual school Reading Challenge, a fun and ambitious competition to promote and reward reading. 50 pupils took part and completed a range of activities linked to reading and literacy skills.
2. Pupils submitted a portfolio of work linked to the Reading Challenge including:
- reading several books over a short period of time;
- writing a book summary or synopsis;
- designing a front cover for a book they have read;
- creating a quiz about books they have read; and
- drafting a professional book review.
3. Judging the final portfolios was a difficult task but Charlotte Haine was the winner. Lewis Mason, Literacy Co-ordinator at Fir Vale School said,
“I am delighted that so many pupils chose to take part in the Reading Challenge. We know that reading and literacy are very important. Pupils who read and develop their literacy skills tend to go on and achieve higher GCSE grades and are better equipped for further study and work. Congratulations to everyone who took part and especially to Charlotte”.
Headteacher's Press ReleaseTue 10 Oct 2017
Fir Vale School - A welcome to our new Headteacher
Fir Vale School welcomes Simon Hawkins as Headteacher. Mr Hawkins joins the school from Titus Salt School, a large secondary school in Bradford where he was Deputy Headteacher for several years.
Simon Hawkins said, “Thank you to all the pupils, parents, carers and colleagues who have welcomed me to the school. I feel privileged to lead such a caring, inclusive and ambitious school. Our promise is simple but powerful: a guarantee we do all we can to ensure each pupil leaves as a well-educated young adult with confidence, aspiration, self-esteem and an eager readiness to embark on their next steps.”
Fir Vale School is becoming an increasingly popular first choice and has over 1000 pupils on roll. In June 2015, the school was judged ‘Good’ by Ofsted and the DfE confirmed that the school’s 2017 summer progress results were statistically significantly higher than average.
TeenTech WinnersThu 24 Aug 2017
Fir Vale Students took the top prize for their presentation at the TeemTech Challenge Day and Sara Khan won JVC cordless earphones for her creative thinking.
The activities brought to life the combined skills of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). Teachers from other schools were amazed by the standard of presentation by the Fir Vale team.
Speak Out CompetitionMon 15 May 2017
Fir Vale students were the overall winners in the inter-school public speaking competition. The competition, run by Business in the Community’s flagship Education programme Business Class, which creates long-term school-business partnerships, involved pupils being paired up with business mentors from Irwin Mitchell, Carillion plc and DLA Piper, as well as University of Sheffield student mentors, to develop and present ideas for what they think the future of legal advice in their community looks like.
Michelle Dickinson of Business in the community said: "I have never met such inspirational students all from one school. The winning team’s presentation made me cry and laugh, engaged all styles of learning and was just incredible."
"I received some very positive feedback regarding the students that attended particularly around their behaviour and respect for others during their presentations. They certainly proved fantastic Fir Vale School Ambassadors!"
Read more at: http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/lawyers-mentor-sheffield-schoolchildren-in-public-speaking-competition-1-8541895
Lord Lieutenant Visits Fir Vale AcademyMon 30 Jan 2017
Staff and students were delighted this week to receive a visit from the Queen’s Representative Lord Lieutenant Andrew Coombe. The Lord Lieutenant had shown considerable previous interest in the challenging circumstances of the area and has in fact recently walked the streets of Page Hall and Burngreave to talk to the local community and see first-hand what problems they faced. Read more...
School wins giant book tokenTue 17 Jan 2017
Fir Vale School's Learning Resource Centre has won a fabulous £10,000 grant from the Foyle Foundation to buy new books. Read more...
Fir Vale Celebrates 15 Years of Success!Wed 4 Jan 2017
In a spectacular Presentation Evening in October, Fir Vale School celebrated the achievement of students, present and past, with a light and sound show that transported the audience through the school's amazing 15 years of success.
The transformed school’s sports hall with a stage setting for the evening was packed with current and former students, parents, staff, governors and special guests who warmly applauded the awards and achievements of the returning Year 11’s. Read more...
Fir Vale School Provisional Exam Success 2016Wed 7 Sep 2016
Fir Vale School students celebrated their summer exam results.
All schools will be measured on the new Attainment 8 and Progress 8 measures which track student success from entry to graduation. Fir Vale begins with a good score above the governments floor target and will be looking to build an even more impressive result next year. Read more...
Students Speak Out!Thu 9 Jun 2016
Fir Vale students won the Inter-school 'Speak-Out' competition managed by Business in the Community.
They worked on a theoretical scenario, where a contract with the Carillion Sheffield Cluster Activitiy agency pledged £80 million for a regeneration project in Sheffield, working with mentors from the 'World of Work ' and Sheffield University students developed key skills for employability.
Students delivered a presentation on their business proposal to the University of Sheffield Management School on regeneration in Page Hall.
Competing against other schools in the city they tried to convince Carillion and a panel of local stakeholders, to invest the money in their local area.
Fir Vale came out overall triumphant winners, as the students returned with two trophies, one for overall winners and another for teamwork and communication.
Students would like to thank the mentors, Alistair Graham, Jasmine Knowles and Mo Saeed, for all their support with this project.
Top SchoolThu 14 Apr 2016
Fir Vale is in the top 10% of non-selective schools nationally for progress in the 2015 end of KS4 examinations.
Headteacher Breffni Martin said, "We are absolutely delighted to receive this prestigious award from the Schools, Students and Teachers Network (SSAT), which is not only a reflection on the hard work of our staff and students but also the incredible support of parents and the wider community."