Our ethos is founded on the principle that ambition and endeavour are key components in achieving success. We seek to instil a positive mind set amongst all at Forge Valley and share the belief that with aspiration and determination everyone can become their very best.
Our partnership with the Tapton School Academy Trust is now well established and is having a significant impact on standards and pupil progress. Achievement at Forge is now improving rapidly. This is a reflection of our unrelenting drive to improve standards across the school. Everyone at Forge is a learner and strives to be the best they can be.
Our curriculum, approaches to teaching and learning, together with our support structures have all been revised and there is a real sense, throughout our school, that Forge Valley is on a clear trajectory towards becoming a great school.
Joining Tapton School Academy Trust and engaging in partnership working is recognised by Governors, staff and Ofsted as being the most significant strength and driver for school improvement. This will continue in order that Forge Valley moves quickly to realise its potential and become an “outstanding” school.
Confidence in the school is now rising. Pupils, staff and parents are aware of the significant changes which are now taking place. Examination results are improving and we expect these to rise significantly this year.
There has never been a better time or opportunity to join our school and make a unique contribution to the life and work of Forge Valley School and all its young people.
We do encourage prospective candidates to visit if they are able.
Forge Valley School builds ambition in every student.
We are an increasingly successful school where everyone is given the opportunity to be the best they can, no matter what their starting point, background or ability. Encouraging pupils to show respect for themselves and for everyone they meet is at the very core of our school. Older pupils support younger ones and our Sixth Formers are encouraged to act as role models and mentors.
Parents play a vital role in our school, supporting their children at events and activities as well as attending parents’ evenings. They receive annual reports, but we also monitor the progress
of every student each term. We also keep parents informed via the website and text messages if necessary.
Our dedicated team of teachers and their departments are reviewed regularly so that we can be certain our pupils always get the best possible opportunities for success.
At Forge Valley School we encourage a spirit of endeavour in every student.
Our curriculum has breadth and depth. Most of our pupils study ten GCSE subjects in Year 10 and Year 11 and then move on to a wide range of A-levels in the Sixth Form. We also provide an additional range of vocational courses which give pupils a real insight into the world of work.
We feel that all our pupils should be encouraged to embrace opportunities beyond the classroom. Our range of club activities, trips and visits enrich their lives and broaden their horizons.
We are very proud of our provision for youngsters with special needs: this includes our unit for pupils with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). All our pupils are equally valuable to us at Forge Valley School and everyone can make outstanding progress
Forge Valley is a rapidly improving school.
Our pupils’ first experience of Forge Valley School comes while they are at primary school and we value our close links and partnerships with colleagues at Rivelin, Malin Bridge, Shooters Grove, Wisewood and Marlcliffe. We build on their success and ensure that young people have every opportunity to achieve at the highest level possible.
In 2014, 110 Year 11 pupils achieved 5 A* - C (including English and Maths). Higher rates of attendance go hand in hand with high rates of achievement and both are monitored constantly so that pupils understand how well they are doing and what more they need to do to achieve the future they dream of.
Many of our pupils continue to study in our Sixth Form which, in turn, leads to further opportunities in work, training or universities throughout the country. When they come to the end of their time with us, Forge Valley School pupils leave with confidence and maturity, ready for the next stage of their lives.