Our Achievements

Airedale Academy is committed to ensuring that all our students leave with the necessary grades and skills to go on to either post-16 education, an apprenticeship scheme or full time employment. We are fortunate at Airedale Academy to have a wealth of talented and dedicated staff who work tirelessly every year to help all our students achieve their full potential.

Airedale Academy was judged as ‘good’ by Ofsted in its most recent inspection which took place during the period (12-13 November 2013). According to Ofsted, “There are many examples of good and outstanding teaching in the academy”; “Students feel safe, are very welcoming, polite and courteous to visitors”; and “Governors are not only passionate about making sure students experience quality teaching and make good progress but also that they are looked after and develop as responsible young individuals”. Ofsted also noted that “There is some outstanding leadership practice within the academy … Leaders’ expertise is used to improve teaching and achievement for students in the academy and in its partner primary schools.”

Each year our goal at Airedale Academy is to strive to achieve the best examination results in the Wakefield area and to ensure that the needs of all our students are met. In 2017 44% of students achieved a 'good pass' in both English and Maths (unvalidated figure). However, a more accurate measure of how well these students did is the new Progress8 measure. This measures how much better a student has done than would be expected, based on the grades they achieved at the end of primary school. A positive score means pupils overall have done better than would be expected; a negative score means pupils have not done as well as they should. The minimum level schools must achieve is -0.5; schools which score +1 are exempt from Ofsted inspection. The group of students at Airedale who sat their GCSE exams in 2017 entered the school with very low attainment at Key Stage 2, but achieved a Progress8 score of +0.31 (unvalidated figure), which we believe is a tremendous achievement and testament to the hard work of students and staff.

KS4 Performance Data 2017 (unvalidated)

  • Progress 8: +0.31
  • Attainment 8: 40.11
  • % Pupils achieving a 'good pass' in English & Maths: 44%
  • % Pupils entered for EBacc: 68%
  • % Pupils achieving EBacc: 21%
  • % Pupils in education or employment post-16: 93%


KS5 Performance Data 2017 (provisional)

  • Progress made in English: +0.5 
  • Progress made in Maths: -0.09
  • Progress score - Applied General: +0.53
  • Progress score - Tech Level: Not available (2016: No entries)
  • Average grade - Applied General: Distinction*-
  • Average grade - Tech Level: Distinction*
  • Retention rate: Not yet available (2016: 90.2%)
  • % Pupils staying in education or employment post-18: Not yet available (2016: 87%)


Please click the links below to view our DFE performance tables and latest Ofsted report.
DFE performance tables
Ofsted report