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Firth Park Academy has won top Sheffield Star School Awards including the Best Secondary School Category

posted Oct 5, 2015, 4:44 AM by Caroline Dansey   [ updated Oct 5, 2015, 4:45 AM ]
Firth Park Academy has won no less than three of the top Sheffield Star School Awards including coming top in the Best Secondary School Category.

On the back of their best Ofsted Report for a decade and a massive 9% increase in their five A*-C grades in English and Maths, the judges declared that Firth Park staff demonstrated a strong passion for further improvements. The academy also earned more Children's University credits than any other school in the city.

Dean Jones, Principal of the academy where 27 separate languages are spoken, said at the ceremony: "It's such a fantastic school and this award is for everyone who comes through our gates in a morning. We've worked so hard to make Firth Park a great place for learning and a fantastic environment for teaching."

Firth Park Academy's Joanne Gleig won the prestigious Business Manager of the Year Award after cutting the school budget by £200,000 without resorting to any staff redundancies. Joanne also found the time and resources to set up a new student inclusion centre and new catering arrangements. She said: "I can't accept this without mentioning the whole team for their fantastic work every day. It's a big team effort at this school. Funding and managing it must have the students at the forefront and that is what I have tried to do."

Fresh from winning no less than four swimming medals at the European Games in Azerbaijan 16 year old Firth Park student, Darcy Deakin, coasted to win the Best Individual Sports Player Award. She also gained some great GCSE grades in the summer and has a passion for promoting swimming in schools. Darcy said: "There are still a lot of children who can't swim and it's such a key skill." On her European glory at Baku, she added: "It was such a surreal and amazing performance. Rio 2016 is probably too soon so it's Tokyo 2020 that I am looking towards."

There were Special Mentions too at the Ceremony for Wendi Oldale in the Best Lunch Person Award for her 'inclusive meals' whether they were Somali curries or Roma Goulash and Joyann Burgin in the Teaching Assistant of the Year.