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Headteacher's Welcome

Dear Parents

Tapton is an ‘outstanding’ 11-18 school (Ofsted 2012) with around 1,700 students, including a Sixth Form of around 500. We are pleasantly situated in the south west of Sheffield and close to the Peak District National Park.

Our ethos of valuing everyone, caring for each other and achieving excellence, underpin everything that happens in our school.

We believe education should have a positive impact on all students and that Tapton is the right place for this to happen. We aspire to improve the life chances of all our students through ongoing progress and improvement in learning. We strive to make education at Tapton a transformational experience, regardless of ability or background, and our record of sustained success reflects our commitment to raising achievement for everyone.

We have the highest expectations of all our students in every area of school life. Our school is a caring, nurturing and ordered community with an atmosphere of calm and purposeful learning. This is to ensure that all our students feel safe and secure.

Our bespoke curriculum is broad, balanced and designed to allow all students to realise their life chances and dreams. We aim for every child at Tapton to be fully engaged in learning and ready for a successful transition to the next stage towards further learning and onwards to employment. The school is committed to a 3 year KS3 experience in order to ensure engagement, breadth and to allow students to discover their own passions to make appropriate choices.

Students are treated as individuals; we recognise and celebrate different abilities, aptitudes and interests and believe that everyone can develop through dedication and hard work. We aim high. Our aspiration is to have the best behaviour, conduct and manners of any school in the country, while recognising that children learn and grow at different rates as they become responsible citizens.

We are restless to succeed for all our students and are working hard to make the smartest decisions in an ever changing educational landscape. The experience and security of children in this changing world is central to how we develop our school.

A culture of excellent teaching and learning is at the heart of everything at Tapton. Our Teaching School, 'Fields of Learning', allows us to develop our own staff and improve the educational experience across our region. Learning at Tapton isn't just for students, we invest heavily in the continuing professional development of all our staff to improve the classroom experience. Success is not down to one thing but needs some key ingredients: strong classroom practice, an appropriate and personalised curriculum, rigorous tracking and monitoring of progress, commitment and positive behaviour for learning from students and support from home. These coupled with a love for learning and a passionate belief that all can achieve are crucial so that every student can be the best that they can be.

Tapton is proud to be the sponsor school for Tapton School Academy Trust. TSAT is a Sheffield, cross-phase multi-academy trust, currently consisting of eight schools.

We look forward to welcoming you and your child into our school community.