Firth Park Academy
|This article needs additional citations for verification. (November 2009)|
|Headteacher||Mr Chris Keen|
|DfE URN||139334 Tables|
|Ofsted||Reports Pre-academy reports|
|Houses||Mandela, King, Brontë, Nightingale & Da Vinci|
|Colours||Blue (light and dark), white|
It is partnered with Longley Park Sixth Form College, HBH Academy Trust, Beck Primary School, Hucklow Primary School and others.
It began its life as Firth Park Secondary School in 1920, becoming Firth Park Grammar School in 1937. This became the comprehensive Firth Park School in 1969. Old pupils of the school are known as Old Firparnians. In 2002, the Longley Park Sixth Form College was built on the site of Firth Park Grammar School. The school gained specialist status as an Arts College and was renamed Firth Park Community Arts College. The school converted to academy status on 1 August 2013 and was renamed Firth Park Academy. The school is now sponsored by the Academies Enterprise Trust.
In 2008-09 Firth Park Secondary School introduced the houses, based on the same principle on the houses in the Harry Potter movies. Student's were asked on how these houses would be named, and it was agreed they would be named after sport clubs in the area.
In 2013, with the change into an academy, the house names were changed, students had a selection of names to select based on influential people in history. The new house names are Bronte, Mandela, Da Vinci, Nightingale and King.
Currently, the school achieves average GCSEs grades; a large number of students entering the school have average attainment level of around 85%. The number of students achieving five or more A*-C GCSEs has been massivley increasing for the past several years. The sixth form college for FPCAC is Longley College.
Notable former pupils
Firth Park Grammar School
- Robert Battersby CBE, Conservative MEP
- Prof Ian Bellany
- Prof Peter Dawson
- William Hughes CBE, Chairman of Grampian Holdings plc (since 2002 The Malcolm Group) 1985-98
- Howard Johnson, footballer
- Sir Gordon Linacre CBE AFC DFM, Chairman Yorkshire Post Newspapers 1983-90
- Sir Lincoln Ralphs, Chief Education Officer of Norfolk 1950-74
- Sir Roy Shaw, Secretary General of the Arts Council of Great Britain 1975-83
Firth Park Secondary School
- Sir Ronald Ironmonger, leader of South Yorkshire County Council 1973-79
- Gordon Hobson, footballer
- John Bridge, the first person to be awarded a bar to the George Medal was a teacher at the school before and after the Second World War
- "Any ex Firth Park School lads n lassies out there?". www.sheffieldforum.co.uk. 16 March 2010. Retrieved 5 April 2010.