Life at Sheldon
Welcome from Neil Spurdell, Headteacher
Firmly established over many years, Sheldon's excellent reputation is well-deserved. It is a purposeful learning community where every individual counts.
Examination performance is very strong. At A level, students reach exceptional levels in a thriving Sixth Form of 400 students. Over 90% of students leaving in 2016 went on to university, including one to Oxford and one to Cambridge; this takes the total of successfully placed Oxbridge students in the past four years to eleven, with one more heading off to Yale in the USA. In 2016, 8% of grades were A* and 54.5% A*-B, with value-added measures for a truly comprehensive cohort indicating outstanding progress.
At GCSE, there has been an improving trend over the last four years. In 2016, 72% of students achieved grades A*-C in English and mathematics, with 52% of the grades in the year group being A*-B. Students benefit from a broad and balanced GCSE curriculum, with 41% of the 2016 cohort achieving the EBacc – a record. The government’s new Progress 8 figure is also extremely positive, which confirms that students of all abilities do very well.
Expectations and aspirations are high here and we are committed to developing the young people in our care, whatever their talents. Children of all abilities succeed at this school and are encouraged to develop academically, physically and spiritually, fulfilling their potential in a happy, caring environment.
As a parent of four children myself, I am acutely aware of the increasing importance of education in today’s world and the role that we, as teachers, have to play in developing our children so that they are fully equipped to make positive contributions to society. The staff at Sheldon School are extremely committed and dedicated to ensure that this is the case and I am personally determined to see all children flourish here.
I also value enormously the links between school and home, success being built on strong partnerships with parents and ourselves. My door is always open and prospective or existing parents are very welcome to visit the school; I look forward to meeting you.
Neil Spurdell, Headteacher