Crosspool’s Tapton School has been named comprehensive of the year in The Sunday Times Parent Power guide, which is out this weekend.
The Sheffield Star says:
It was chosen after rising in national rankings by more than 60 places this year off the back of outstanding results at A-level and GCSE, and now stands eighth in the newspaper’s national rankings of non-selective schools.
Students from Tapton school in Crosspool celebrated their A Level results yesterday.
There were 236 candidates with 658 A Level entries between them. 30% of entries were graded A and A*.
The Star newspaper reports on some of the successful students.
A Crosspool-based fitness initiative will be holding a free, charity health and fun day on Sunday 16 September from 12-4pm at Hallam football club on Sandygate Road.
The event is being held to promote healthy living in the community and raise money for The Sick Children’s Trust. There’ll be activities such as football and other sports to get involved with, a healthy BBQ with lots of great ideas for a more nutritional grill, stalls from various health-related traders and a raffle, bouncy castle and games. Smoothies and drinks will be available from the new Hallam clubhouse.
Former Tapton pupil Kate Hill is organising the fun day as part of her FunMeFit initiative. FunMeFit is a central hub for local sports clubs, activity groups and larger organisations to list details about what they’re doing so that families in Sheffield and further afield can choose what activity to try next and get active.
Kate recently moved back to Crosspool after a decade living in other areas of Sheffield. She said: “We’re a family trying to help other families feel like part of a community with support and resources to get healthy and find fun activities to take part in. I organised this free event to make more people aware of what we’re trying to do and to raise money for a very worthy cause. Whatever the weather, there will be lots going on.”
Kate is also looking for any local businesses to support the fun day, for example through raffle prizes or healthy BBQ food. You can get in touch with her using email@example.com or via the FunMeFit website.
A Tapton student, James Gray of Crosspool, has been awarded a special award from the Sheffield Federation of School Sports for his outstanding contribution to schools cross country running over the last seven years.
Eighteen year old James, who represented Yorkshire and South Yorkshire, and has been Sheffield and South Yorkshire champion for most of those seven years, was presented with the award at a ceremony attended by Councillor Dr Sylvia Dunkley, Lord Mayor of Sheffield, at the Sheffield United FC Bramall Lane on 24 November 2011.
He is also due to receive another honour in January from the South Yorkshire Schools Federation.
Controversial plans to change the status of Tapton secondary school in Crosspool to an academy have been put on hold due to legal issues raised by the school’s owner.
Private finance initiative company Interserve and its funders Lloyds Banking Group have concerns over how PFI schemes work with academy status, particularly over the way the council would make PFI payments on behalf of Tapton after it has become an academy.
The school is still committed to the conversion and barristers are working through the issue, although no new completion date has been announced.
The proposed move is unpopular with parents and teachers.
As Crosspool sixth formers celebrated their A Level results this week, one Tapton school student found out that he’d scooped seven A* grades.
George Lee achieved the top grade in French, Spanish, general studies, maths, further maths, critical thinking and physics. He is now heading to Imperial College in London to study maths.
He was one of 31 students at Tapton who achieved straight As and A* grades. However, school’s overall pass rate at the three top grades – A*, A and B – fell from 63% to 56%.
Tapton secondary school in Crosspool will break away from the council to become an academy on 1 August.
In the final vote, sixteen governors voted in for the move, one abstained and two more were unable to attend.
A public meeting will take place at 6.30pm on Tuesday 21 June at Tapton school to discuss plans to turn the school into an academy.
Teachers at Tapton are against the move, fearing that becoming an academy will not raise educational standards.
Governors feel such a move would be in the school’s best interest, allowing them to balance the books by negotiating better value services.