Forge Valley Community School

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Forge Valley Community School
Motto Where Learning Comes First
Established c.2011
Type State, Secondary School
Headteacher Dale Barrowclough
Location Wood Lane
South Yorkshire
S6 5HG
England Coordinates: 53°23′53″N 1°31′10″W / 53.3981°N 1.5194°W / 53.3981; -1.5194
Local authority City of Sheffield
Ages 11–18

Forge Valley Community School is a school in Sheffield South Yorkshire England. It replaced Myers Grove School and Wisewood School & Community Sports College.[1][2] The Executive Headteacher is David Bowes. The school has its own sixth form, and its own sports centre which is used by the school and community.


In May 2013 it was reported by local newspaper Sheffield Star that the school had been placed under special measures by Ofsted after being deemed 'inadequate'.[3] The report, which was based on an inspection in March 2013, rated the school Grade 4 overall and in all areas, the lowest possible value in a scale from 1 to 4.[4] Head teacher Diane McKinlay responded with disappointment to the report by stating that Forge Valley was a new school "which is still developing and improving" results.[3] In October 2013 McKinklay resigned her post – David Bowes took over as Head.[citation needed]

In late November 2013 Forge Valley received a short inspection from Ofsted.[citation needed]

House system[edit]

Forge Valley adopts a house system. The five house represent the five colours in the school logo: Green (Apollo); red (Athena); light blue (Pegasus); dark blue (Olympus); and yellow (Hercules). Olympus and Hercules are the other way around


Forge Valley is set to change it's uniform, policy on jewelry and policy on hair colour starting next September. The school is proposing a ban of 'extreme unnatural hair colours'.


Forge Valley has presented two productions:[citation needed]

The school took part in the Sheffield Children's Book Awards in 2011, 2012 and 2013 – pupils voiced their views on the shortlisted books and read out for the audience.[citation needed]

A Children In Need non-uniform day was held recently,[when?] and a Christmas Concert was held on 5 December 2013.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "News in Brief - School's accolades", Sheffield Telegraph, 6 May 2010. Retrieved 8 December 2011
  2. ^ "Forge Valley almost ready for its big day", The Star, 29 July 2011. Retrieved 8 December 2011
  3. ^ a b "Sheffield’s Forge Valley school judged ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted", Sheffield Star, 20 May 2013. Retrieved 26 May 2013
  4. ^ "Forge Valley Community School", Ofsted Reports 2013. Retrieved 26 May 2013. Pdf downloads required

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