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It opened in 1957 as a Secondary Modern school, and became a comprehensive school in 1969. It serves approximately 1200 pupils from the local area, from ages 11 to 18. In 2004 Silverdale was placed 4th in Sheffield school performance exam league tables. Recent Ofsted reports have been outstanding. The school converted to academy status in January 2013. Michael Vaughan, the former England cricket captain, is a prominent Silverdale ex-pupil.
As part of the nationwide BSF programme (which aims to see every secondary school in England rebuilt), Silverdale School has a new building. Construction began 6 months late on 26 March 2007 on the site of the old playing fields and opened on 7 January 2009. The scheme is a controversial Private Finance Initiative, meaning ownership of the site has since transferred to Taylor Woodrow, who were named the preferred construction company in 2006. Besides constructing the new building and demolishing the old, Taylor Woodrow Facilities Management will rent the school to Sheffield City Council and other companies who can use its facilities for the next 25 years. After 25 years, the site and building ownership returns to Sheffield City Council.
The new building has been built on greenbelt land, and its footprint is twice the size of the old building. Inside the building, all classrooms have interactive whiteboards, state-of-the-art sports facilities and an enhanced ICT system.
Demolition of the old building began in February 2009. A new field and all weather sports pitch will built on the land, and expected to be available for use for the 2009–2010 academic year.
Exam pass rate
In 2008 80% of pupils who took GCSE exams achieved the standard of 5 A*–C grades, including Maths and English. This is above both the Local Authority average of 40.8% and the national average of 47.6%.
The average points score for AS and A2 Level students was 870, above the national average of 739.8.
The Prime Minister's Global Fellowship
The school has a good record of students attaining places on the Prime Minister's Global Fellowship programme. The school achieved its first two students in the inaugural year of the programme, 2008, and in 2009 had another successful applicant.[not in citation given]
Notable former pupils
- Michael Vaughan – Cricketer
- William Snape – child actor in The Full Monty
- Willie Williams – theatre designer and video director
- Devon Van Oostrum – Basketball Player for Caja Laboral Baskonia
- George Long – Goalkeeper for Sheffield United F.C
- 2005 exam results, BBC site, retrieved 14 February 2007
- OFSTED report, March 2009, retrieved 23 November 2012.
- BBC News GCSE League Tables 2008
- BBC News A Level League Tables 2008
- British Council website "Fellows" accessed November 10, 2009.
- Michael Vaughan | England Cricket | Cricket Players and Officials | ESPN Cricinfo
- Emmerdale's Steve Butler
- Could it be flu too for U2 tour? – News – Sheffield Telegraph
- Silverdale's grand national double act - Sport - Sheffield Telegraph
- Paul Fletcher (22 March 2013). "George Long: Sheffield United's future in safe hands". BBC Sport.