Ecclesfield School

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Ecclesfield School
Motto Together we achieve.
Established 1931
Type Academy
Headteacher Joel Wirth
Location Chapeltown Road
S35 9WD
53°27′12″N 1°27′58″W / 53.45343°N 1.46607°W / 53.45343; -1.46607Coordinates: 53°27′12″N 1°27′58″W / 53.45343°N 1.46607°W / 53.45343; -1.46607
DfE number 373/4270
DfE URN 140809 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 1,750
Ages 11–16
Houses Turing, Nightingale, Franklin, Rowling, Churchill

Ecclesfield School is a coeducational secondary school with academy status situated on Chapeltown Road (A6135) between Chapeltown and Ecclesfield, South Yorkshire in the East Ecclesfield district of Sheffield, England. It is for ages 11–16. It has about 1,750 pupils, making it the largest school in Sheffield.


Ecclesfield School opened as "Ecclesfield Grammar School" in 1931. Its foundation was largely due to the efforts of Lady Mabel Smith, a Labour councillor for West Riding County Council, and daughter of Earl Fitzwilliam. Lady Mabel was Chairman of the School Governors from 1931 to her death in 1951.

In 1931 Ecclesfield Grammar School provided for three streams of 30 pupils, increased to five in 1952 with an annual intake of 150 and a total number on roll of 800; by this time 2,500 pupils had been admitted. Following integration with Hunshelf pupil intake increased further. Total pupil numbers during the 36 years the school operated as a grammar school was approximately 4,450, and approximately 10,000 since it became a comprehensive.

Major extensions to the school were made in 1952-53, including Lady Mabel Hall, kitchens and classrooms, and separate science and craft blocks. Further building undertaken during the 1960s included a sports hall with changing rooms and a multi-story classroom block, with the gymnasium from the previous building converted into a library. Concurrently, a separate Hunshelf School was built on part of the playing fields.

During the 1950s new entrants were allocated to forms according to surname alphabetical order, and were allotted to a "house", Strafford, Brontë, Fairfax or Priestley, for weekly assembly and competitive sports.

In 1967 the School became Ecclesfield Comprehensive School after amalgamating with Hunshelf Secondary Modern School, and served the areas of Ecclesfield, Chapeltown, Hoyland, Elsecar, High Green, Bradfield, Stannington, Grenoside, Oughtibridge and Wharncliffe Side, on the southern boundary of the West Riding of Yorkshire between Sheffield and Barnsley. Initially, it remained separate from Hunshelf School, but the two schools later amalgamated to form an enlarged Ecclesfield Comprehensive, run by Sheffield City Council.[1]

Again, major building work took place in the school in the early 21st century, as the Priory, Wharncliffe and Cowley blocks were built (often shortened to just P, W, and C) as well as the new canteen and car park. This is all documented in the ESVC referenced below. Astro-turf was introduced along with the demolition of some of the older 'hunshelf' building blocks. It was here where the school gained its 'Specialist in visual and performing arts' status. On 1 April 2014, the school converted to academy status.


The school has drama and music studios, and a theatre with tiered seating and lighting system. Productions include musicals and serious dramas. Ecclesfield School teachers Paul O'Farrell and Ben Smithard wrote and directed the play Exit Stage Left which was performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in July & August 2012. The play won the Yorkshire music and drama award. They have also directed musicals and plays which take place in the schools Lady Mabel Hall annually.[2]

Academic performance[edit]

At GCSE, the school performs below average for Sheffield LEA. In a report from 2017 the school achieved "Inadequit" in its Ofsted Report.[3]

Notable former pupils[edit]

Ecclesfield Grammar School[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "History | Grenoside Reading Room". Retrieved 8 June 2017. 
  2. ^ "Sheffield performers take on Edinburgh Fringe | Sheffield Unchained". Retrieved 8 June 2017. 
  3. ^ "Head says school ‘devastated’ by inadequate Ofsted rating". Retrieved 8 June 2017. 

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