|Sheffield Springs Academy|
|Local authority||City of Sheffield|
|Department for Education URN||131896 Tables|
|Head of school||Mr M. Shipman|
|Executive principal||Mr C. Dillon|
|Age||11 to 16|
Sheffield Springs Academy is an 11-16 secondary school serving the Park, Manor and Castle wards of Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England.
The academy is part of United Learning, a national group of schools whose motto is 'the best in everyone'. It opened in September 2006 on the site of the predecessor school, moving into a £30 million, purpose built facility in 2008.
Over the past three years, the academy has emerged from an Ofsted category[ambiguous]. The most recent Ofsted inspection judged the school as a good provider and agreed that the school has benefited directly from a secure, highly experienced senior leadership team alongside the support of United Learning. As part of this, the school has innovated its curriculum offer, as well as improving areas such as pupils' transition from primary to secondary. For instance, its 'Early Risers' initiative, run in conjunction with Sheffield Park Academy, has set a trail for other schools to follow.
In 2017, Sheffield Springs Academy achieved its best ever GCSE results, with a number of pupils scoring the top grade '9' in English and mathematics. The academy's Progress 8 score was +0.68, placing it in the top 10% nationally. This year was the first that English and maths grades were awarded a numeric value, with 9 being the new top grade, representing the best performance.
Following a visit from Ofsted in October 2016, inspectors noted how "the principal's appointment in January 2016 and the executive headteacher's arrival in April have strengthened leadership. Leaders and governors have left no stone unturned in identifying and then tackling weaknesses. Pupils and most staff welcome the changes and tangible improvements."
Key findings of the inspection report were as follows: