About us

Forge Valley School is an 11-18 Academy sponsored by Tapton School Academy Trust.  Our school ethos is founded on the principal that ambition and endeavour are key components in achieving success. Currently serving around 1300 pupils, our purpose-built, £27 million learning environment has excellent facilities to help us deliver our curriculum.


Are you looking for a Ofsted “Good” rated school for your child to take their GCSEs? Forge Valley has recently been graded “Good” by Ofsted. Here are a few lines from our report -

“The enthusiasm and commitment of the inspirational headteacher and his leadership team are unwavering.”

“Teaching is good.“

“Strong support is in place for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities.”

“Pupils report that they feel safe and know what to do to stay safe, including when online.”

“Relationships between pupils and staff are very positive. There is a strong culture of support in the school. “

“As a result of effective leadership and good teaching, sixth-form students’ learning, personal development and outcomes are good. Careers guidance in the sixth form is strong. “

“The work in pupils’ books is well presented and shows that they take pride in their learning.”

“Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is promoted effectively through the school’s taught curriculum, form-time activities and ‘drop-down’ days. “

“Pupils appreciate the impartial careers advice and guidance they receive. “

“Pupils move between lessons with purpose and in an orderly and well-behaved manner.”

“Current pupils in Years 10 and 11 are continuing to make strong progress in a wide range of subjects. “

“Destination information for pupils leaving Year 11 shows that they are being well prepared to move into further education,employment or training. Leaders ensure that all pupils receive high-quality careers education, advice and guidance. “

“Since the last inspection, leaders have ensured that sixth-form students’ learning, personal development provision and outcomes continue to be good. Students achieve well. “

To read our overwhelmingly good report click here

Our Story

Our vision is that Forge Valley School is a safe, inclusive learning community where pupils and staff learn and thrive together.

Forge Valley’s ethos is based upon everyone striving to become the very best they can be.

As a school we believe that ambition and endeavour help provide our pupils with the mind-set needed, not only to succeed academically, but also in adult life in an ever changing modern world. Our pupils are encouraged to believe in themselves, and that with hard work and resilience, they can achieve their dreams.

We are an inclusive school which works hard to provide stimulating learning experiences for all our pupils, who are seen as individuals. We work tirelessly to provide a nurturing environment which protects childhood. Everyone at Forge Valley is part of our community, which is founded on respect, tolerance and equality.

As a school we also realise that our success is not just measured in terms of academic performance.

We aim to develop our pupils into well rounded, morally grounded, ambitious and resilient individuals ready to take their place in a dynamic and diverse 21st Century.


We currently have vacancies for pupils starting Year 8, Year 9 and Year 10 (full GCSE options available) and our 6th Form from September.

Please contact us on 0114 2348805 to arrange a personal tour of the school with Mr Barrowclough, our Headteacher.