News and Events at Sheffield Springs Academy

U12's Football!

Our under 12's played in the Sheffield cup game last night against Meadowhead. The girls played really well showing development as a team as the season has gone on. Unfortunately the girls did lose 4-0 but kept their heads up and kept pushing throughout the game. It was a pleasure as always to take these girls away on a fixture as they are always well behaved and pleasant.

Congratulations team!


Sheffield Springs Academy Students Take Zimbe! to the London Stage

Students from Sheffield Springs Academy took to the stage this week for a sold-out performance at London’s prestigious Lyceum Theatre.

Conducted by popular composer Alexander L’Estrange, students and staff from the academy joined a host of other schools from all across the country to perform songs from Zimbe! Those involved were all part of United Learning – a unique group of state and independent schools located across the country from Portsmouth to Carlisle.

Zimbe! is an imaginative fusion of traditional African song and jazz, which as a choral piece seeks to bring communities together. Given the geographic spread of the schools, students from Sheffield Springs Academy had been rehearsing their parts alone for months, with very few opportunities to practice as one ensemble choir before the final show-stopping performance at the central London venue.

Catherine Barker, Head of Music and Performing Arts for United Learning, said:

“I am immensely proud of all the students and staff that have performed in and helped organise such a spectacular event. I am particularly pleased with the feedback from students and staff who have said how much they enjoyed the opportunity to get together with other schools to perform Zimbe! Events like this one show off the uniqueness of a group like United Learning as a true partnership between state and independent schools.”

Jon Coles, Chief Executive of United Learning, said:

“One of the advantages of being a national group of schools is that we can bring our most talented pupils together from all over the country to participate in events like this. An opportunity to sing in a magnificent theatre like the Lyceum is an ambition that many have but few get the opportunity to realise, so it's been wonderful to see our students enjoy the experience and come together to perform.”

Sheffield Springs Academy Principal Lee Morritt was also keen to praise the venture. Said Mr Morritt:

“It’s been a fantastic experience for our students. It’s not every day that you get the chance to sing in a leading London Theatre, as well as being able to meet and perform with other students from across United Learning.”

Sheffield Springs Academy Students Take Zimbe! to the London Stage


England's Sue Smith Scores a Winner at Sheffield Springs Academy

England international Sue Smith helped pass on her winning ways to students when she paid a visit to Sheffield Springs Academy.

Kickstarting her career with Tranmere Rovers in the 1990s, Sue went on to play football for a number of top league clubs including Leeds United, Lincoln Ladies and Doncaster Rovers Belles. Her fleet footed skills also won her a place in the national squad, representing England from 1997 until 2011, with a grand total of 93 caps.

Now a mentor for the Sky Sports Living for Sport Project, which works with young people aged 11-18 from across the country using sport to inspire students to achieve more, Sue called in on Sheffield Springs Academy last week, providing students from Years 7,8 and 9 with a sports masterclass.

She also worked with the academy’s indoor climbing club, teaching them the six steps to success that all world-class athletes have to achieve and how these can be used in everyday life. During the session, the students also took part in some fun activities based around communication and team-work in sport.

Commenting on her visit to the academy, Sue said:

“As a Sky Sports mentor, the aim is to help motivate young people through sport, focusing on six keys to success and working these into practical and theory sessions. At Sheffield Springs Academy, the students really responded to the sessions that they took part in and I was particularly impressed with how they listened and interacted throughout the day.”

Sheffield Springs Academy’s Principal Lee Morritt added:

“It’s always great to welcome someone of Sue’s caliber into the academy to help inspire and enthuse our students and show that them that, with hard work and determination, anything is possible.”

England's Sue Smith Scores a Winner at Sheffield Springs Academy


Say Cheese

Sheffield Springs Academy’s fundraising students are part of the ‘Herd of Sheffield,’ after pledging to support a local children’s hospital.

The Wild in Art event brought to you by The Children’s Hospital Charity, is a part of a new initiative whereby

schools are being invited to adopt, sponsor and decorate their own 73cm tall elephant sculptures. They will  go on display at various locations across the city in the summer, with monies raised going towards Sheffield Children’s Hospital to help support:

·         The transformation of wards to provide private rooms with space for parents to stay with their child

·         The creation of a brand new outpatients department, so that children from all over the world can be treated in comfort

·         The provision of dedicated space to play, including a giant play tower which will turn waiting into a game,

The schools’ elephant sculpture exhibition, called Little Herd, is being run as part of Herd of SheffieldSchools taking part in Little Herd are asked to fundraise £500 toward the cost of their smaller elephant, which they will be able to keep at the end.

At Sheffield Springs Academy, plans to support the fundraising are already well underway, with the Hurlfield Road-based school’s dedicated charity group holding a variety of activities over the coming months. The fun starts on Wednesday 9th December with a seasonal sale of cookies, cakes, sweets and specially made paper mice and Christmas trees, followed by a Christmas clothing day on the 18th December.

Future fundraising activities held by the academy in support of Little Herd also include a Valentine’s themed event in February and a sponsored run in the summer.

Commented Karen Fereday, Sheffield Springs Academy’s Learning Resource Centre Manager and Fundraising Co-ordinator:

“We’ve actually had a dedicated fundraising group for the last few years and in the past 12 months alone, our students have raised over £1,700 for local, national and international charities. Now we’ve got our sights set on supporting The Children’s Hospital Charity and becoming part of the Little Herd’”

Cheryl Davidson, Little Herd project manager, said: “We are delighted that Sheffield Springs Academy have joined the Little Herd stampede, and will be fundraising to help bring this exciting initiative to the school. They are in good company, with more than 50 schools across the region already signed up. We can’t wait to see the designs they come up with!”


Say Cheese


Christmas Showcase

Join us for a festive celebration of music, dance and drama on Monday 14th December 2015 from 6:00pm. Tickets can be purchased from the school shop for £2. We look forward to seeing you there!


Christmas Showcase


Invincible Year 7's!!

Year 7 football team are unbeaten so far in the 3rd round of the English Schools FA Cup and Quarter Final of the Sheffield Cup. Mr Ludlam's team are showing amazing team work and effort. Congratulations to them all. Keep going!!!


Invincible Year 7's!!


Young Writers Competition

During their first year at Sheffield Springs Academy year 7 students were asked to enter a writing competition run by young writers.  As part of their English lesson, students were asked to write a 100 word story based around a fairy tale. We had many good stories which were entered into the competition and we were delighted when two of our year 7 students, Ellie Moult and Charlie Vaughan, were told that they were going to be published in the Winner’s book, Grim Tales – Across The UK.

As a celebration, the girls were presented with their copy of the published book during assembly. They were also asked to sign the library’s copy of the book, for posterity; just like real authors!

Below are the winning words from our students.

Elsa – by Ellie Moult

There was a girl called Elsa and she was born with ice powers. When she got older her powers got stronger.  She eventually became queen.  The whole village knew that she had ice powers and everybody was afraid.

The next day, she accidentally struck her sister and she was frozen for the rest of her life.  Elsa was so ashamed of herself because she never saw her sister again.  People said that she needed to get locked up until she could control her powers.  But unfortunately, she couldn’t control her powers so she was in prison a long time.

Cinderella’s Nightmare – by Charlie Vaughan

Cinderella heard a bang, she walked out of her room and turned a corner. There, stood next to her grandmother’s painting, was a shadow of something very unusual.  As she walked closer, the shadow got closer.  Every step she took, sweat would drip from her face.  As she took two more steps, she was stopped.  It was almost like there was a glass shield protecting the picture.  As much as she tried getting past, it was no use.  She was not getting to the picture. As she looked forward she noticed the shadow was exactly the replica of her grandmother.

Young Writers Competition



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