Winners of the Ten Words Competition





Winners should receive their prizes soon.


Mario Kart Competition


The Game & App Development Club are holding a Mario Kart competition on Wednesday & Thursday after school. See Mr Taylor-Hayward or Mr Tingle for more details.


BOOK Awards



Forge Valley attended the annual Sheffield Children's Book Awards at the Crucible.





The Forge Valley Chess club is restarting soon. Open to pupils and staff, games should begin soon. See the librarians for details. You could be the next champion.





The LRC is holding a book sale between 13th-17th November. Books priced between 20p and a £1.





Equipment Required Each Day


2 black pens





Calculator   Mandatory



Green pen

Reading book.   Mandatory



Your child’s mobile phone must be switched off and placed in their bag before they arrive on  the school site. If they are seen using their phones in school or on site the phone will be confiscated. If you wish to contact your child please do this through main reception.


Texting your child during the school day does not support the school or your child’s learning. If your child has their phone confiscated on three occasions you will be asked into school to collect your child’s phone. We reserve the right to insist that that pupils who cannot follow our rules leave phones at home and/or have them locked away in the school office.


Any wires/earplugs have no place in school and these too must be placed in bags before school starts.


Please be reminded that the school does not accept any liability for the theft or loss of mobile phones or any electronic equipment.







One of our sixth formers, Ellie Barran-Beck, has recently took part in a Nuffield Research Placement with the University of Sheffield.


Ellie said: "On my placement, I worked with Dr Cartwright and included using an MX-10 particle camera and programming for data science. This has given me skills in working with data that will be useful for doing A2 physics next year and for when I am in university."


"I would recommend it to anyone that is in year 12 and thinking about a career in a STEM subject, because it provides the opportunity to see if you enjoy the subject and the kind of experiments and work you would be doing after university."


Lee Warren, Head of Physics at Forge Valley School agrees: "Ellie has had the opportunity to use specialist equipment and materials beyond the limited budgets of secondary schools to expand her knowledge and understanding as well as experience life as a career scientist. Experience of this nature is invaluable in supporting a student's learning, developing their ambition and enhancing their enjoyment of physics at A-level and beyond."



Halloween Writing Competition



The LRC is running a competition over the next few weeks for all the budding writers out there. We're not asking for 10,000 words or even a 1,000 words but just ten words. Application forms from the LRC and it closes on 10th November.



Washing hands campaign



In order to help stop the spread of germs, a campaign has been launched in tutor time. Pupils are invited to design a poster and the winner will receive a prize.





Congratulations to Cameron Connor who has collected the FA Young Volunteer of the Year award. Last weekend he also managed to complete the FA Juniors Football Leaders course.


Great to see another one of our pupils excelling in his chosen field.



Visiting Speaker



Thank you to Sarah Vine, a criminal barrister based in London who visited yesterday to speak to our Year 10 to Year 13 Sociology students about careers in Law.


Year 7 Football

Mixed results for our Year 7 team against Tapton last week. Won one, lost one is really tight games.


Book Buzz



Our LRC is currently running Book Buzz. If you'd like to purchase one of the books for a bargain £3, then see the librarians before the 20th October.


Opportunity for Film Makers



Design a  sweet winners


Lost Property


Our PE department are getting a huge amount of items of PE kit and uniform left after lessons. Most of this is not able to be identified due to no labels being in the clothing. Please could parents write their child’s name, or sew labels, on items. It would help return the items quickly.


Get Caught REading Winner



Our Get Caught Reading winner was Mohammed Al-Asadi.


Sixth form raise over £613 for MacMillan Cancer Fund


Congratulations to out wonderful sixth formers who in their annual cake sale , raised over £613 and produced some amazing bakes.


Football game in memory of Scott marsden



On the 8th October, A Chris Waddle Celebrity XI will play in a fundraising game in aid of the Bluebell Wood Hospice, in the Memory of Scott Marsden.


Chris, Hallam FC and The Marsden Family are raising money for the Bluebell Wood Hospice, who have provided the family immediate and ongoing support after the tragic event.


A Celebrity XI will consist of friends and former colleagues of Chris Waddle, including players, and stars of television and the pop world.


The Chris Waddle Allstars, will play against Scotts team mates, currently Hallam FCs U16s, followed by FC (Nothing) Tolouse, comprising fathers and friends from Scotts football and Kick boxing worlds.


All money raised will go directly to Bluebell wood, and along with the chance to meet, chat to and have the odd selfie with the All Stars, there will be a raffle including, Sports Memorabilia, of signed shirts, and signed balls.


More information at



Sixth Form Macmillan Coffee Morning



Y7 Photographs


A photographer will be in school on Friday 29th September to take individual photographs of all year 7 pupils. Group photos of Year 11 and the 6th form will also be taken.




Parenting seminars


We are excited to inform you about a new parenting delivery model provided by the Parenting team in Sheffield City Council's MAST service. We will continue to offer group and specialist programmes to those families who this level of support and you can continue to refer families needing this via an early help assessment part one form. However we are now providing support to all families at a universal level through Triple P – Positive Parenting Programme Seminars and Discussion Groups.


These new seminars and groups will enable parents to access one-off standalone parenting sessions in different areas of the City. Parents will be able to call a direct number and book a place without the need for a referral. The aim is to capture those parents who just need a small amount of support, thus preventing or reducing their need for MAST or other services.


2 hour discussion Groups cover the following topics:


• Dealing with disobedience

• Developing good bedtime routines

• Managing fighting and aggression

• Hassle free outings with children

• Coping with teenage emotions

• Getting teenagers to co-operate

• Reducing family conflict

• Building teenagers survival skills


Parents can select the ones appropriate to them and attend as few or as many as they want. Please see attached leaflet.


50 minute seminars on specific topics will also be available soon.


To find out more please visit the positive parenting page, call 0114 2057243 or email;


Year 6 Open Evening



It is our pleasure to invite you and your child to our Y6 Open Evening on 27th September 2017 from 6pm until 8pm.


During the evening our Headteacher, Dale Barrowclough, will give a speech outlining our vision, school ethos and how we ensure that all pupils realise their ambitions at Forge Valley School. All parents and children will have an opportunity to meet staff and take part in learning activities across all subjects offered at the school including sport, music, science, art and many more.  You will also see first-hand our wonderful £30 million state of the art building.


Results have improved significantly over the last few years. This trend is set to continue with 62% of pupils achieving 5 A* - C including English and maths in 2017. Pupils at Forge Valley School make better than expected progress in a wide range of subjects. A Level value added continues to be consistently above the national average.


As a school we also realise that success is not just measured in terms of academic performance. We aim to develop our pupils into well rounded, morally grounded, ambitious and resilient individuals, ready to take their place in a dynamic and diverse 21st Century.


When you arrive, our pupils will give you a welcome pack which will include a programme for the evening. Guided tours will be available. Mr Barrowclough will be addressing visitors at 6:00pm, 6.30pm and 7.00pm in the Lecture Theatre.


I am looking forward to meeting you on this important occasion. If you are unable to attend but would like to visit the school at a more convenient time please contact Mr Barker on






World Cup Winner



Congratulations to Dominic Calvert-Lewin, ex Forge Valley School pupil, for scoring the winning goal in England U20's World Cup Final victory. Hoping he goes on to show the senior team how to win World Cups.






To kickstart our year 11's revision, the Food Technology department are sending home revision packs with pupils today.




We are deeply saddened by the news of Scott Marsden’s tragic passing. Our thoughts are with his family during this very difficult time.


Scott was a very popular young man amongst pupils and staff alike and it is without doubt that he had a very bright sporting future ahead of him.


The last two days have been very difficult for everyone in our community. Pupils have been, and continue to be, supported by staff and fellow pupils alike. It is testament to them all that they have dealt with this tragic news in such a mature and respectful way.


Over the coming days we will be seeking pupils’ views on how best we can, as a school, remember Scott.






We have had an extremely successful cross country season with a big increase in numbers of Forge Valley pupils taking part.


Both Laura Trask and Heidi Robertshaw qualified to run as part of the Sheffield team running in the South Yorkshire finals.


Laura's team won the Intermediate girls race and Heidi's team won the Y7 girls race. Laura has now achieved the remarkable feat of qualifying to run in the English Schools Cross Country in Norwich during March.


Well done to everyone involved.





Congratulations to the KS3 handball team who finished 4th in the Sheffield schools handball competition yesterday. Particular congratulations to the three pupils from Y7 who stepped in at the last minute to help the Y9 team.




Congratulations to our Year Seven athletics team who won the Sheffield Sports Hall Athletics Final at the Institute of Sport in Sheffield. They now qualify for the South Yorkshire final. The pupils involved were :


  • Jacob Turner
  • Jake Bradford
  • Reuhbens Thompson-Bestall
  • Isaac Kamara
  • Harrison Baldwin
  • Charlie Stanniland
  • Daniel Leadley


Well done to you all and good luck in the final which takes place on March 16th.





CODE>MAKE>WIN 2017: Sheffield's Digital Making Competition from Sero Consulting on Vimeo.

CODE>MAKE>WIN 2017: Sheffield's Digital Making Competition from Sero Consulting on Vimeo.


For beginners and advanced coders and makers alike, the competition is now live until the 31st of May 2017 and is open to working products, prototypes, or new ideas in the categories of games, software apps, robotics and animation.


We are currently looking for just ideas to be entered to the Early Bird competition which is open until 8th February. The overall winning idea will receive a £250 cash prize, and runners up are in for the chance to win digital equipment to help turn their ideas into reality.


All CODE>MAKE>WIN winners will be invited to our spectacular awards ceremony in July 2017 where there will be lots of prizes including the chance to meet employers and others from the digital sector!


Further details


Further details on categories, information on how to enter, deadline dates, and T&Cs can be found on the CODE>MAKE>WIN website ( The website also offers online PDF versions of our posters and information flyers which can be sent to pupils, and these are also available in printed format upon request.


If you’re on social media, don’t forget to share CODE>MAKE>WIN. Schools can share student progress with us using the hashtag #CodeMakeWin and follow us on Facebook and Twitter regular updates and helpful resources.


We’re looking forward to seeing pupils’ digital ideas and products! Please get in touch should they need any help along the way.  We have also prepared an Assembly PowerPoint which outlines everything pupils and tutors alike need to know to get started - please promote widely you never know who will have that next great digital idea or product.


If you have any questions please contact Rob Walker or Eleanor Gribbon






Thursday 2nd January 6.30pm - 7.30pm


Gravity is a concept that we are all very familiar with, it affects every aspect of our lives; but how well do you understand it? Lee Warren, Head of Physics, will shed light on the bizarre and mysterious world of gravity. We will discuss the ground breaking work of Isaac Newton and the genius of Albert Einstein to discover how distortions in spacetime keep you grounded and the planets in orbit.


Admission is free. Please contact school on (0114) 234 8805 for details or email here





Interested in joining our community choir ? We have the services of a professional choirmaster and pianist. Sessions are every Wednesday between 6.30pm and 8pm and cost £3.50. No previous experience is needed. Come along and have fun :)





We have a new series of Open Days for this half term. Please contact Mr Barker





Congratulations to Yorkshire Prints, one of our Big Challenge groups, who yesterday won first prize in the Flying Start competition. They have been selling a range of Christmas Cards showing views of Sheffield.






We are running a Christmas Draw linked to the My Ed School App. The app is a convenient way of keeping track of your child’s attendance and achievements in school.


Each year group will have one parent drawn at random from those who have downloaded the app. One prize will be given per year group. An additional prize will be given to the tutor group in which the most pupils’ parents have downloaded the app. This prize will be distributed amongst the pupils on the last day before the Christmas break.


The My Ed app is completely free to download from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store and you will be automatically entered into the draw. All parents who have downloaded the app since its launch earlier this term will also be eligible.


More information here






Great fun was had during our Comic Workshop. Organised by Ms Boynton and Mr Jones, a group of pupils learnt the intricacies of creating a story through the medium of graphics.


Celebration of Local Carols



Tickets are now on sale for our annual evening of Christmas music. Please ring reception for further details.


Congratulations to Adam Fuller



Adam Fuller, School Sports Organiser and Sport Centre supremo was named as a regional winner for developing club sport for the last academic year.


This includes developing sports clubs through schools in terms of providing coaches and support for coaching, as well as encouraging staff to run their own clubs. It also includes providing support to schools to engage the least active children and young people in PE and club sport and to maximise these opportunities.


Adam also manages the Arches School Sports Partnership who provide high quality sports activities to schools in Sheffield as well as run holiday camps for local pupils.


Arelle Daley - European Champion



Congratulations to our European Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) champion, Arelle Daley. Arelle won his title in Wolverhampton having only took the sport up a year ago.


This year he has been competing in BJJ quite a lot. He's won a few gold medals, achieved the title of British champion and he has been chosen as a member of the BJJ junior UK elite team.


Good luck to the future. I'm sure in a few years we'll be watching him compete in the Olympics and becoming champion of the world.


We will Remember Them



Forge Valley pupils laid a wreath at the Stannington Remembrance Day service.






Wood Lane, Stannington

Sheffield S6 5HG

(0114) 234 8805