Fir Vale School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Secondary
PUPILS
1022
AGES
11 - 16
GENDER
Mixed
TYPE
Academy converter
SCHOOL GUIDE RATING
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This pupil heat map shows where pupils currently attending the school live.
The concentration of pupils shows likelihood of admission based on distance criteria

Source: All attending pupils National School Census Data, ONS
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This School Guide heat map has been plotted using official pupil data taken from the last School Census collected by the Department for Education. It is a visualisation of where pupils lived at the time of the annual School Census.

Our heat maps use groups of postcodes, not individual postcodes, and have naturally soft edges. All pupils are included in the mapping (i.e. children with siblings already at the school, high priority pupils and selective and/or religious admissions) but we may have removed statistical ‘outliers’ with more remote postcodes that do not reflect majority admissions.

For some schools, the heat map may be a useful indicator of the catchment area but our heat maps are not the same as catchment area maps. Catchment area maps, published by the school or local authority, are based on geographical admissions criteria and show actual cut-off distances and pre-defined catchment areas for a single admission year.

This information is provided as a guide only. The criteria in which schools use to allocate places in the event that they are oversubscribed can and do vary between schools and over time. These criteria can include distance from the school and sometimes specific catchment areas but can also include, amongst others, priority for siblings, children of a particular faith or specific feeder schools. Living in an area where children have previously attended a school does not guarantee admission to the school in future years. Always check with the school’s own admission authority for the current admission arrangements.

3 steps to help parents gather catchment information for a school:

  1. Look at our school catchment area guide for more information on heat maps. They give a useful indicator of the general areas that admit pupils to the school. This visualisation is based on all attending pupils present at the time of the annual School Census.
  2. Use the link to the Local Authority Contact (above) to find catchment area information based on a single admission year. This is very important if you are considering applying to a school.
  3. On each school page, use the link to visit the school website and find information on individual school admissions criteria. Geographical criteria are only applied after pupils have been admitted on higher priority criteria such as Looked After Children, SEN, siblings, etc.

How Does The School Perform?

Requires Improvement
NATIONAL AVG. 2.09
Ofsted Inspection
(25/01/2024)
Full Report - All Reports
26%
NATIONAL AVG. 38%
5+ GCSEs grade 9-4 (standard pass or above) including English and maths



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Progress Compared With All Other Schools

UNLOCK Well Below Average (About 15% of schools in England) Below Average (About 18% of schools in England) Average (About 35% of schools in England) Above Average (About 16% of schools in England) Well Above Average (About 16% of schools in England)

School Results Over Time

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% of pupils who achieved 5+ GCSEs grade 9-4
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% of pupils who achieved GCSE grade 5 or above in both English and maths
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Owler Lane
Sheffield
S4 8GB
01142439391

School Description

Leaders want to put pupils on the pathway to success. However, the curriculum is not strong enough to fully realise this vision. Variability between subjects and teachers means that some pupils do not consistently benefit from a good quality of education. For a minority of older pupils, the English curriculum is not appropriately ambitious. Pupils are friendly, confident and keen to make visitors feel welcome. Pupils behave well in lessons. They generally meet the high expectations set for them. Sometimes, they are too enthusiastic to be involved and shout out. Staff deal with this well when it happens. Incidents of serious poor behaviour have reduced over time. Difference is celebrated among the school’s diverse community. Staff organise ‘togetherness’ activities. These help pupils to build friendships with peers, who they might otherwise not socialise with. Pupils enjoy their ‘elective’ activities each Wednesday. For example, pupils can teach dance to younger pupils, learn new cooking skills or participate in sports leadership activities. This builds pupils’ character. Pupils trust staff and feel safe in school. Bullying is tackled effectively. Staff undertake effective work with both the victims of bullying as well as perpetrators.

Fir Vale School Parent Reviews



Average Parent Rating

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“Good school and local”

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"> Boy in year 10 and a my daughter in year 7. Both doing well. The school has got a lot better and they have better behaviour and uniform. My son is doing well.
“A good school and local”

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"> I am very happy with my 2 children who go to this school. My boy is in year 10 and my girl has started in year 7. They are both doing well and the school is getting much better. They are making the students behave and get them to wear uniform.
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Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree Don't Know {"strongly_agree"=>52, "agree"=>37, "disagree"=>4, "strongly_disagree"=>7, "dont_know"=>1} UNLOCK Figures based on 112 responses up to 08-03-2019
Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree Don't Know {"strongly_agree"=>50, "agree"=>38, "disagree"=>2, "strongly_disagree"=>9, "dont_know"=>1} UNLOCK Figures based on 112 responses up to 08-03-2019
Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree Don't Know {"strongly_agree"=>47, "agree"=>33, "disagree"=>7, "strongly_disagree"=>6, "dont_know"=>6} UNLOCK Figures based on 112 responses up to 08-03-2019
Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree Don't Know {"strongly_agree"=>49, "agree"=>35, "disagree"=>3, "strongly_disagree"=>6, "dont_know"=>7} UNLOCK Figures based on 112 responses up to 08-03-2019
Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree Don't Know {"strongly_agree"=>49, "agree"=>31, "disagree"=>7, "strongly_disagree"=>5, "dont_know"=>7} UNLOCK Figures based on 112 responses up to 08-03-2019
Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree Don't Know {"strongly_agree"=>40, "agree"=>41, "disagree"=>4, "strongly_disagree"=>7, "dont_know"=>7} UNLOCK Figures based on 112 responses up to 08-03-2019
Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree Don't Know {"strongly_agree"=>49, "agree"=>33, "disagree"=>9, "strongly_disagree"=>6, "dont_know"=>3} UNLOCK Figures based on 112 responses up to 08-03-2019
Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree Don't Know {"strongly_agree"=>46, "agree"=>33, "disagree"=>8, "strongly_disagree"=>4, "dont_know"=>8} UNLOCK Figures based on 112 responses up to 08-03-2019
Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree Don't Know {"strongly_agree"=>50, "agree"=>34, "disagree"=>6, "strongly_disagree"=>4, "dont_know"=>5} UNLOCK Figures based on 112 responses up to 08-03-2019
Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree Don't Know {"strongly_agree"=>46, "agree"=>34, "disagree"=>7, "strongly_disagree"=>4, "dont_know"=>9} UNLOCK Figures based on 112 responses up to 08-03-2019
Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree Don't Know {"strongly_agree"=>46, "agree"=>40, "disagree"=>7, "strongly_disagree"=>4, "dont_know"=>3} UNLOCK Figures based on 112 responses up to 08-03-2019
Yes No {"yes"=>85, "no"=>15} UNLOCK Figures based on 112 responses up to 08-03-2019

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