Tapton School Academy Trust

Headteacher praised as Forge Valley School celebrates a key milestone in its improvement journey

Forge Valley has been recognised as a 'good' school during its latest Ofsted visit.

The report, published on 6th June, highlighted the incredible work by staff and students to improve in all areas of effectiveness, a remarkable turnaround from an 'inadequate' judgement in 2013.

The school has been rated as good in every area of the inspection: 

- Effectiveness of leadership and management
- Quality of teaching, learning and assessment 
- Personal development, behaviour and welfare
- Outcomes for pupils
- 16 to 19 study programmes

Inspectors commented on the 'enthusiasm and commitment of the inspirational Headteacher' and the 'strong culture of support in the school.' Areas that were deemed as requiring improvement during an inspection in 2017 have been addressed to a good standard.

Dale Barrowclough, Headteacher, said: "Our report and verbal feedback from inspectors judge Forge Valley to be overwhelmingly good. This report is a key milestone in our school improvement journey.

"I am absolutely thrilled for everyone in our community, who can be totally assured that Forge Valley is a great place to learn, work and grow.

"Further, I am steadfast in my opinion that the school is well placed to improve even further. I want to thank everybody, from our amazing teachers at both Forge Valley and across the Trust, to our fantastic pupils and supportive parents for the part they have all played in our improvement."

Dale joined the school in 2014, at the same time as it joined TSAT, a relationship that is recognised in the report as providing effective support 'without compromising the schools distinctive ethos.'

David Dennis, CEO of the Trust, said: "I am delighted that Tapton School Academy Trust has been successful in supporting the turnaround of Forge Valley led by staff, governors and the community. 

"We are proud that it is now the good school that the community needs and deserves, as we work to realise the life chances and dreams of every child."

The report also acknowledges the hard work of the schools governing body. Jayne Crawshaw, Chair of Governors, said: "The governors of Forge Valley are delighted with the outcome of the recent Ofsted inspection. 

"The hard work, commitment and dedication of our Headteacher, staff, pupils, Tapton School Academy Trust and the wider community have been deservedly recognised. Governors feel proud and privileged to be part of their achievement."

Forge Valley is an inclusive secondary school providing education for over 1200 pupils, aged 11-19. The school currently has places for pupils starting in Year 8, Year 9 and Year 10 (full GCSE options available), and 6th Form from September 2019. To find out more and arrange a visit please contact the school on 0114 234 8805.