|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Outstanding|
|Inspection Date||15 October 2014|
|Address||Bents Crescent, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S11 9QH|
|Religious Character||Does Not Apply|
|Number of Pupils||1384 (49% boys 51% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||16.8|
|Academy Sponsor||Chorus Education Trust|
|Percentage Free School Meals||10.7%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||23.3%|
Information about this school
This is a larger than average-sized secondary school. Silverdale School converted to become an academy in January 2013. When its predecessor school, Silverdale School, was last inspected by Ofsted, it was judged to be outstanding. A smaller than average proportion of students is of White British heritage. The proportion of students from a Pakistani heritage and Somali heritage has increased gradually over recent years. A larger-than-average proportion of students speak English as an additional language. An average proportion of students are disadvantaged. These students receive support through the pupil premium funding, which is provided for pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals or who are looked after by the local authority. The proportion of disabled students or those who have special educational needs supported through school action is broadly in line with the national average. The academy also has a specialist resource for students who have a hearing impairment or who are deaf. The proportion of students supported at school action plus or with a statement of special education needs is just below average. The academy took in a large number of students from another local school which was closing. The students arrived at the academy in Year 8 and Year 9 predominantly and left the Year 11 cohort in 2013 and 2014. No students attend any alternative provision. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 11.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is an outstanding school. Students of all abilities and backgrounds make outstanding progress from their individual starting points as they move through the school. Attainment by the end of Year 11 is well above the national average. Gaps in attainment and progress between disadvantaged (those known to be eligible for pupil premium) students and their classmates are closing rapidly and securely because of the effective action taken by academy leaders to tackle this. Teaching is consistently good and is frequently outstanding. Teachers have excellent subject knowledge which they use expertly to plan activities that are challenging and encourage students to give of their very best. Teachers use information about students’ progress skilfully to set activities that are closely matched to students’ needs and abilities. Teachers mark students’ written work regularly. However, the quality of marking is inconsistent as not all staff expect students to act regularly on the advice that they receive or insist on the neat presentation and the quality of handwriting. Behaviour in lessons and around the school is exemplary. Students are polite and respectful, and their well-above average attendance shows not only how much they enjoy school, but also how keen they are to do well. Outstanding leadership and management at all levels, including the governing body, ensure that there is a crystal clear view of how well the academy is doing and where it could do even better. Procedures to keep students safe and secure in the school are exemplary. Students say how very safe they feel and that any rare incidents of bullying are dealt with promptly and successfully by adults. The school prepares students exceptionally well for life in a multicultural, democratic society by promoting respect and tolerance, and the importance of British values. The sixth form is outstanding. Expert leadership and management ensure that students’ personal well-being is catered for extremely well and that nearly all students achieve outstandingly well. The proportion of students going on to higher education, frequently at prestigious universities, is very large.