Academy goes from strength to strength

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A SHEFFIELD school which was the first academy in Yorkshire to be placed in special measures four years ago has now been named as one of the most improved in the region.

Sheffield Park Academy features in a table of schools which have produced year-on-year improvements in GCSEs for four years.

In 2010 the school had 31 per cent of pupils achieving five good grades including English in maths.

Results have improved every summer since with 61 per cent achieving this last year.

Headteacher Craig Dillon said: “Its down to sheer hard work from everybody at the school. The success of our pupils now is also helping to inspire younger pupils joining the school. We had a quarter of our sixth form students joining red brick universities and that helps to raise aspirations.”

Mr Dillon, who joined the school in 2007 and became head in 2012, said there had been a focus at the academy to improve the quality of teaching. He said Sheffield Park had worked with Notre Dame High School in the city.