Meadowhead School

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Meadowhead School
Motto Learning and Achieving Together
Established 1987
Type Academy
Headteacher Steve Fowler
Specialism Language College
Location Dyche Lane
South Yorkshire
S8 8BR
England Coordinates: 53°19′33″N 1°28′10″W / 53.325725°N 1.469532°W / 53.325725; -1.469532
DfE URN 138545 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 1,670
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–18

Meadowhead School is a "larger than average"[1] mixed secondary school and Language College with academy status in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England. There are currently 1,670 students on roll, about 120 teaching staff and a further 50 non-teaching staff.


Meadowhead School was created when the two schools of Jordanthorpe Comprehensive School and Rowlinson School merged in 1987. The school remained on two sites approximately 0.25 miles apart until January 2007 when the new building was opened on land in between the two sites. The previous school sites were demolished. The site where the "North Building" once stood – alongside Bochum Parkway – became a Gilders Volkswagen and Audi showroom and the area where the "South Building" was – further along Dyche Lane – became the new school's playing fields. The new building was built just to the south of where the original North Building stood. In 2012 Ofsted downgraded the school to the status of "satisfactory", however the School is set to appeal against this.


According to Ofsted, Meadowhead School is "a satisfactory school where students feel safe, enjoy coming to school and have positive attitudes to learning. The school is not good because currently, achievement is only satisfactory". [...] and has achieved a range of awards, such as Investors in People, International School Award and Healthy Schools Award"[1]

School Specialism[edit]

It has been a Specialist Language College since 2001 and was re-designated as such in 2005. The school converted to academy status in 2012.


The GCSE (A*–C) rate in 2008, including English and Maths, was above average for Sheffield with 50% of students attaining these grades, compared with Sheffield's average of 40.6%.[2] In 2009, 57% of students achieved five A*–C GCSE passes including Maths and English.


Meadowhead gained Trust status in September 2009, and is now offering post-16 courses, some of which are run in conjunction with the Norton College opposite the school.


The schools logo is a phoenix, representing Meadowhead School rising from the ashes of Jordanthorpe Comprehensive School and Rowlinson School.[citation needed] There is a large statue of a phoenix in the central area of the school.


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