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Headteacher's Welcome

Serving the Manor, Park and Castle wards of the city, Sheffield Springs Academy is a family orientated school which embraces the challenges and hopes that present themselves in its inner-city environment.

Over the past three years the school has emerged from an Ofsted category and is currently benefitting from  encouragement from inspectors; a secure, highly experienced Senior Leadership Team and the support of United Learning, one of the country’s leading education groups.

Situated within ten minutes of major transport links in the city, Sheffield Springs Academy opened in a new £30 million, purpose-built school with excellent, state-of-the-art facilities. As a school that is rapidly increasing its popularity amongst local families, the academy has innovated throughout its curriculum offer and in areas such as transition; its ‘Early Risers’ initiative is setting a trail for other schools to follow.

Through being part of United Learning, staff and students are able to access professional development, shared experiences and national opportunities with colleagues and others from across the country. Likewise, as part of a cluster of United Learning academies in the area, there are significant opportunities for joint working, career development and leadership positions.

As an academy that is now benefiting from stability, strong leadership and the support of its group, Sheffield Springs Academy is on its way to becoming securely good and then to go beyond.

Our Subject Departments

Our English Department is committed to improving experiences for young people. There is a strong collaborative ethos and an emphasis on professional learning in order to reach a shared understanding of what really great practice looks like. Teachers regularly plan and learn together.

Our Humanities Department is improving rapidly because of a skilful, committed and enthusiastic team of specialists. Currently we have four GCSE Geography groups in Year 10 who will move into Year 11. From September 2015, a  further three groups will start their GCSE Geography course in Year 10. Geography and History are taught at Key Stages 3 and 4 and have been successful in previous exam cohorts. Geography GCSE follows the Edexcel B course and is fully resourced and planned across both years. Students conduct their field work on the Holderness Coast in June of Year 10. We are a supportive and forward thinking department, not afraid to try new things in the pursuit of outstanding teaching and learning for the students in our care.

Our Maths Department is both dynamic and supportive.  The Maths GCSE results show an improving trend and we are hoping to achieve our best ever results this academic year. The team is successful due to strong leadership and training. As we strive to improve results further, the department receives weekly CPD sessions both in-house and externally. From September 2015, the Maths Department will be supported by a newly appointed Director of Maths who will be responsible for the strategic leadership of Maths, including leading and developing the quality of teaching.

What our students say...

  • John Lilleker, former student, now studying (BSC Hons) Computer Science at the University of Sheffield:

    I started at Sheffield Springs Academy in Year 7 and continued through to Sixth Form where I studied and successfully completed biology, chemistry, history and maths at A Level.


    Throughout my school career, staff were very helpful, especially during the times when I struggled and found things difficult.  The support given definitely boosted my confidence and allowed me to feel ready to take the next step in my education.

  • Reuben Reid, former student, recently studied (BSC Hons) Physical Education and Youth Sport at Sheffield Hallam University:

    Having  gone  through from Year 7 to Year 13, I have been on a great journey during my time at Springs.  The growing structure of the academy and continued support has allowed me to progress through my studies, with exceptional role models providing the foundation point as I entered higher education.


    I have just completed a four year course at Sheffield Hallam, beginng my career as a qualified PE teacher.


    I owe a lot of my success to the staff at Springs; without their help and support even to this day, I don’t feel I would have achieved to the level I have reached.

  • Isabelle Brice, former Sixth Form student, now a School Sport Coordinator apprentice through Links School Sports Partnership:

    Coming from a different school to Sheffield Springs Academy Sixth Form was a huge step as I knew I wouldn’t know anyone.  I found that the staff were really friendly and so were the students which I found really settling for me.


    Staff were really supportive and helped me through my coursework and with progression opportunities, including making applications to university, apprenticeships and employment.


    Sixth Form offered me lots of extra-curricular opportunities like running the Year 8 girls’ football team and the chance to get actively involved in school productions. 


    I really did enjoy my two years at Springs.


    I’m currently undertaking a School Sports Coordinator apprenticeship on a gap year, and hopefully will then progress on to university to become a PE teacher.

  • Hayley Marsden, former student, now studying (HND Diploma) Animal Care-Level 5 at Sheffield College:

    My time at Sheffield Springs Academy from Year 7 to Year 13 helped to build my confidence and work as part of a team.  The staff really helped me as well; they were always around if I was having difficulties understanding work or had problems at home.  Springs allowed me to flourish and as a result I was then able to move on to Sheffield College to undertake a HND in Animal Management.

  • Shana Marsden, former student, now studying a Foundation Degree in Photography-Level 5 at Norton College

    During my time at Sheffield Springs Academy my teachers and the support staff were really encouraging and took an active interest in the progress I made over the years.  Springs helped to develop my confidence in a way that allowed me to work towards realising my ambition of pursuing a career in photography.


    Christopher Simpson
    , former student, now studying BA (Hons) Performance for Stage and Screen

  • I attended Springs Academy from Year 7 and throughout my time I gained many friends and the knowledge that I will keep with me forever.

    My time at Springs really helped to develop my overall confidence.  The help and guidance from the teachers and support staff gave me the belief that I could go on and achieve my goal of becoming an actor.


    I feel that I couldn’t have had the same experience anywhere else, or with a better group of people.
  • Chance Fairhurst, former student, now studying BA (Hons) Performance for Stage and Screen

    On my journey from Year 7 through to Year 13, I acquired friends, knowledge, and a greater respect for the academy. Staying on in Sixth Form allowed me to develop my self-confidence and the belief that I am able to reach my ambition of one day becoming an actor.


    All my praise goes to the teachers that developed my skills to the very best they could be, allowing me to access the higher education that will aid me in reaching my career aim.
  • Isabelle Brice, School Sport Coordinator Apprenticeship through Links School Sports Partnership

    Coming from a different school to Sheffield Springs Academy Sixth Form was a huge step as I knew I wouldn’t know anyone.  I found that the staff were really friendly and so were the students which I found really settling for me.

    Staff were really supportive and helped me through my coursework and with progression opportunities, including making applications to university, apprenticeships and employment.

    Sixth Form offered me lots of extra-curricular opportunities’ like running the Year 8 girls football team and the chance to get actively involved in school productions.  

    I really did enjoy my two years at Springs.

    I’m currently undertaking a School Sports Coordinator apprenticeship on a gap year, and hopefully will then progress on to university to become a PE teacher.

What our staff say...

  • Helen Rhodes, Parent Representative on the Board of Governors:

    I feel that at Sheffield Springs Academy children are encouraged and supported to make better than expected progress and staff work tirelessly to provide the best education possible for all children, whatever their needs.


    I have two children.  My eldest left Springs Academy with excellent GCSE results and has continued onto further education and is now planning to go to university.  My daughter is at Springs also doing exceptionally well and making great progress.


    Sheffield Springs Academy is a school where staff, pupils and parents are encouraged to work together to provide a good education and life skills.

  • Helen Bell, Parent Representative on the Board of Governors:

    Sheffield Springs Academy has an excellent senior leadership team and dedicated teaching staff.


    My daughter is very happy at Springs and has achieved great results so far. She is encouraged to aim high and I'm sure this will be reflected in her results at the end of Year 11.


  • Jade Shutt, HLTA:

    Since Joining Sheffield Springs over two years ago I have completed a number of courses that have helped me to develop professionally.


    I started at Springs as a teaching assistant but applied for the HLTA position. At the time I didn’t have the HLTA qualification so the school paid for me to complete the course. As well as completing my HLTA I have also completed the EAL champions course, the Parenting Puzzle course, coaching and mentoring NVQ and will shortly be undertaking a phonics course.


    I am looking forward to developing my career at Springs and will be starting a Science SCITT next year.

  • Claire Cartledge, IT Teacher and Associate Leader:

    I joined Sheffield Springs Academy as a PGCE student in 2008; from there I was recruited into a permanent position and stayed on to complete my NQT year at the academy as an ICT teacher. It’s now 2015 and I’m still here enjoying my job more than ever.


    United Learning and Sheffield Springs have always been incredibly supportive and are genuinely dedicated to nurturing and developing talented individuals from within their organisations.  If you work hard in a United Learning academy it doesn’t go unnoticed and there are a wide range of opportunities waiting to be seized.


    At the end of my NQT year I was promoted into the role of whole-school ICT co-ordinator which allowed me to experience working at whole-school level.  During my third year at the academy I was invited by the Principal to apply for the Teaching Leaders programme.   Teaching Leaders was a fantastic opportunity and I feel privileged to have been allowed to access such amazing CPD through United Learning.


    My advice would be that if you have high aspirations for a career in teaching, a strong sense of moral purpose and you are willing to work hard then United Learning could be the perfect organisation for you.
  • Jade Shutt, HLTA

    Since Joining Sheffield Springs over two years ago I have completed a number of courses that have helped me to develop professionally.

    I started at Springs as a teaching assistant but applied for the HLTA position. At the time I didn’t have the HLTA qualification so the school paid for me to complete the course. As well as completing my HLTA I have also completed the EAL champions course, the parenting puzzle course, coaching and mentoring NVQ and will shortly be undertaking a phonics course.

    I am looking forward to developing my career at Springs and hope to start a Science SCITT next year.

Benefits

As an employee of United Learning you are entitled to a set of core benefits, as well as a range of flexible benefits through our United Rewards scheme. You can find out more on our careers site.

Core Benefits

  •  A contributory pension scheme, relevant to your role (including access to Teacher and Local Government Schemes);
  • Occupational sick pay;
  • Tailored Continuous Professional Development (CPD) through the United Learning Institute.

Flexible Benefits

  • Childcare vouchers
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Dining card
  • Gym membership
  • Health screening
  • Health cashplan
  • Retail savings

How to Get Here


United Learning Information

By joining Sheffield Springs Academy you will also become part of United Learning - a unique group of independent and state schools working together to bring out the best in everyone. Our vision is to provide excellent education, which prepares young people to progress in learning and to make a success of their lives. United Learning focuses sharply on the evidence of what makes it more likely that young people will progress and succeed, apply that to classroom practice, allowing schools to continue to learn and develop. It is a priority to provide teachers with excellent professional support and development, so that every child receives an excellent experience.

The approach is underpinned by a sense of moral purpose and commitment to doing what is right for children and young people, supporting colleagues to achieve excellence and acting with integrity in all our dealings within and beyond the organisation, in the interests of young people everywhere.

The development programmes offer access to tailor-made training no matter your career stage, alongside unrivalled opportunities for your career development across both the maintained and independent sectors. The Performance and Development Reviews (PDR) encompass personal aspiration, impact on pupil achievement and identification of continuous professional development and training that is right for you and your future. For more information please visit our dedicated careers site.

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