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We are very pleased and proud to confirm that Ofsted found Newfield continues to be a ‘Good’ school.

We are now able to announce that Newfield School was given a Section 8 Ofsted inspection in March 2022. We are very pleased and proud to confirm that Ofsted found Newfield continues to be a ‘Good’ school.

The school and Mercia Learning Trust are delighted with this judgement, which really recognises the things we do so well at Newfield.

We truly believe it is essential to have not only a good, but an improving, school at the heart of this community in Sheffield. As such, it was important to note that the inspectors recognised that Newfield is an ‘inclusive school with a diverse and happy community’.

Emma Anderson, Headteacher

During the visit in March, Ofsted noted that:

  • Pupils feel safe.
  • Any issues are dealt with. 
  • Pupils have staff to talk to. 
  • There is a strong safeguarding culture. 
  • Our good practice is used to support other schools in Mercia Learning Trust.
  • Behaviour in school is very good. 
  • Pupils are polite.
  • Personal development is a strength, and this is valued in the school. 
  • There is a balance of taught curriculum and wider experiences. 
  • We have great relationships.
  • Curriculum a strength, with a strong and rich offer, which is well planned and delivered. 
  • Teachers are experts and passionate about their subject and the pupils. 
  • We have high expectations. 
  • Pupils take pride in their work.
  • Reading is a priority.
  • We have strong and supportive governance and leadership.
  • Parents support the school and feel positive. 

Key quotes from Ofsted:

Reading for pleasure is a central part of school life.

Across all subjects, leaders have implemented a well-considered curriculum. Subject leaders have thought carefully about the knowledge that pupils should learn and in which order it should be taught.

This is an inclusive school with a diverse and happy community.

Pupils are polite and courteous and typically treat people with respect.

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Newfield School is an 11-16 school in the heart of Gleadless Valley. The school plays a pivotal role in Mercia Learning Trust, a partnership of 6 Sheffield Schools. The Ofsted inspection at Newfield came one month after another successful inspection at Woodlands Primary School, one of Mercia Learning Trust’s primaries in Gleadless that feeds into Newfield. Chris French, CEO of Mercia Learning Trust, said “the recognition from Ofsted that both these schools are so strong, and are making a real difference to the children of Gleadless, is a significant statement for the area, and aligns with our values that every child attending one of our schools deserves an education that will truly transform their life.”

We would like to thank the school community for the unwavering support during the time of the inspection, and of course to our staff and students who showed the inspectors exactly what makes Newfield such a special place.