Sheffield, United Kingdom
About Silverdale School
Silverdale School is an extremely popular and high-achieving 11-18 comprehensive with over 1200 students in the south west of Sheffield and is the founding school of Chorus Education Trust. The school is rated as ‘Outstanding’ (Ofsted 2014) and regularly achieves some of the best GCSE and A-level results of schools in Sheffield.
At its heart is one of the country’s largest Teaching Schools, the Sheffield Teaching School Alliance.
Silverdale moved into a brand new building (PFI) in January 2009 with a full complement of facilities. The school is attractively situated on a single site in 17 acres of grounds and enjoys extensive views over Sheffield and the surrounding countryside. The school has an Integrated Resource Unit for Profoundly Deaf children which is staffed by teachers from the Sheffield Service for Sensory Impaired Children.
In 2018 the Sunday Times awarded it Top State School of the North.
Executive Headteacher: Roisin Paul
Head of School: Sarah Sims
At Silverdale School we have high ambitions for and expectations of all our students and encourage them to work hard, be committed, conduct themselves well and treat fellow members of our learning community with respect.
Our aim is to work in partnership with pupils and parents, and to provide education in a caring and supportive environment that allows each individual to develop morally, spiritually, physically and intellectually at the pace and in the direction which suits each pupil best so that the highest possible standards may be achieved. The school also works closely with employers and other schools and colleges.
We regard standards of behaviour as being of great importance. The school is concerned that its curriculum should both reflect and give value to the diversity of the pupil community and prepare pupils to take their place in a multi-cultural society.
The school is committed to equal opportunities for all. The school aims to safeguard all its pupils so that they experience school as a safe and secure environment in which to learn.
Sheffield Teaching School Alliance
Our Teaching School supports staff at every stage of their career - from initial teacher training, right through to middle, senior and executive leadership. We also provide subject specialism training.
We have also launched a unique national SCITT which brings together both the state and independent sectors to focus solely on training teachers of modern languages.
The Teaching School grew from Silverdale School, was designated as one of the first Teaching Schools in 2012 and sits at the heart of the Sheffield Teaching School Alliance.
We have a large, cross phase, nationally recognised School Direct Teacher Training Programme, a statutory duty to report on the progress of NQTs in Sheffield and a fully developed programme of CPD for teachers. All of these activities provide opportunities for staff within our Trust to take on new roles and skills.
We work with over 50 schools in our School Direct network, which includes primary, secondary, special and the Peak District – training over 100 teachers every year. We are always looking for new partners and to deepen existing relationships.
Our Specialist Leaders in Education (SLEs) enable us to provide school-to-school support across the region. These roles provide excellent opportunities for staff in our Trust wishing to further their experience and skills.
Chorus Education Trust
Chorus Trust was founded on Silverdale School, an Ofsted-rated Outstanding school in the south west of Sheffield, that was recently named the Top State Secondary in the North.
An outstanding education should not depend on your postcode
We believe that every child in our region deserves the best education possible, and we know that there is outstanding expertise across our region that can be harnessed to make this happen. That means drawing on one of the biggest strengths in the education world – the willingness to share, support and collaborate.
Working with both primary and secondary schools in South Yorkshire and Derbyshire, we are working to build a Trust that provides the very best education for young people, where ever they live.
Together we are stronger
All schools are facing financial challenges and we believe that, by coming together, we can build resilience that just wouldn’t be possible on our own. As well as achieving economies of scale for schools by purchasing goods and services as one organisation, we provide a range of central services at extremely competitive costs. You can see the full list here. We also have expertise in fundraising and income generation, to ensure that schools can bring in additional funding.
You can be aspirational and inclusive
We believe that every young person has the capacity to achieve beyond their expectations. We go to great lengths to keep students in school, by developing a strong, inclusive environment and investing in teams of dedicated, professional staff.
It is a fantastic place to work, as staff are supportive and welcoming. Teachers here regularly give up their time to help others and give advice about teaching. It is also a pleasure to work with students who are highly aspirational and eager to learn.- Silverdale staff member
We are keen to innovate, and inject some individuality in to learning and welcome imagination. Our close links with universities give a superb opportunity to collaborate with a supportive group of like-minded, dedicated professionals.- Silverdale staff member
This is a wonderful place to work, with a lively and exciting mix of students and staff. Students thrive in the creative academic atmosphere and are prepared to work hard and rise to the challenge. We are blessed with an array of students who all bring their own backgrounds to bear in their creative process, giving us a fantastic base on which to build our teaching and encourage our different cohorts to challenge themselves, each other and us to push the limits of working creatively.- Silverdale staff member