News and Events at Sheffield Springs Academy

Sheffield Springs Academy joins Little Herd

During December, on both our website and in the local paper (Sheffield Star), we proudly publicised our involvement with the Children’s Hospital charity Herd of Sheffield event.  This means that Sheffield Springs Academy will adopt, sponsor and decorate a 73cm tall elephant sculpture.  The Sheffield Springs fundraising team have already been busy holding fundraising events, which include cake sales and Christmas jumper day, towards raising our sponsor money of £500. Our next fund raising event is being held on Friday 11th March which will include an Easter raffle with chocolate donated by Tesco’s at Abbey dale Road, Sheffield.

We have now taken delivery of our member of the ‘little herd’: currently our little elephant is only known as LH39, but after an in school competition to name the elephant, we hope to have a name for our herd member very soon.

Between now and the middle of May, members of Mr Howard’s D & T group will design and decorate our elephant, ready for the start of the trail in June.  Updates will be posted on both our website and via twitter.

During the summer, our elephant, together with the rest of their herd - designed and decorated by businesses and other schools from the Sheffield area - will be displayed throughout Sheffield in high profile locations.

Sheffield Springs Academy joins Little Herd


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!!



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