Ecclesfield School is an all-ability, co-educational 11-16 comprehensive school. Our intake is drawn largely from north-east Sheffield, including Ecclesfield, Chapeltown and High Green, though many students travel from further afield. Our standard student number is 350 and our current roll is 1720, making Ecclesfield the largest school in the city.
The school is situated on the north-east edge of the city, with good transport links to central Sheffield as well as the M1. We serve a fairly stable community: a good number of our students live in owner-occupied housing and there are reasonably good employment prospects locally. Many parents commute to work in central Sheffield. Around 20% of our students are entitled to free school meals and a low number of parents have higher education themselves. Our intake, whilst not unusually disadvantaged, is not particularly advantaged. Ability on intake is broadly average. The ethos of the school is one of caring and mutual respect, and relationships between staff and students are good. We have a truly comprehensive intake and aim to serve all of the school community in all of our work.
The school has around 20% of students on the SEN register. The range of special needs in school is considerable; we have students with language and communication difficulties, physical difficulties and some with moderate to severe learning difficulties. We also have an integrated resource for hearing impaired students who enjoy excellent support whilst accessing mainstream education, In addition, there are also significant numbers of students who have been identified as gifted and talented in a range of areas.
Ecclesfield is a school undergoing rapid and sustained change. In the last three years, examination results have improved very considerably: in the Summer 2013 exams, 68% of students attained 5+A*-C including English and Maths, an increase of 22% in three years. The Specialist School and Academies Trust recently recognised the school as one of the most improved in the country. Our most recent RAISE online report (based on 2012 performance) shows value added running at 1016.4. While these are only indicative markers of progress, we are confident that they hint at the tremendous energy and dynamism that go hand in hand with working at Ecclesfield. In July 2011, the school underwent a full Ofsted Inspection and was graded ‘Good’. This followed a damning Ofsted report of March 2010 which placed the school into Notice to Improve. To move up two grades within an eighteen month period represented an enormous achievement for the school and was testament to the commitment and talent of the staff and leadership team, which had undergone considerable change following the failed inspection.