As we have new information for you we will share it here with the most recent information being at the top of the page so it is easy to find.  If you are looking for resources to support your child's learning at home during the closure period, this can be found here . If you are looking for information to support you and your family's wellbeing at the difficult time, then this can be found here .


7th April

Please find below an update regarding PE across all year groups for when we return to school next week. 

PE Update April 2021


7th April 

Please find below an update for our Year 11 students regarding exams arrangements for this year.



26th March

Please read our end of term letter from our CEO. 

End of Spring Term CEO Letter


25th March

Please find below a letter about Academy uniform

Academy Uniform


23rd March

Please find attached the Wakefield Emotional Health and Wellbeing Directory.  This sets out a number of local, regional and national organisations that can provide support for children, young people and their families as they adjust back into school.

Wellbeing Booklet 


18th March

In line with government guidance, over the next two days we will be sending home testing kits for all students for whom we received parental consent for LFD testing and who have undertaken tests in school so that they know how to test accurately and safely.  Please find below a letter outlining the process and a video produced by the government / NHS. 


If you have any questions after reading the letter below, please contact the academy.

Home Testing

Home Testing Video


15th March

As we move towards home testing , please find below our Privacy Notice for this activity.

Home Testing Privacy Notice


15th March

Please see our school lunch menu options up to May half term.

Spring Menu


12th March

Please see our Attendance and Behaviour Policy Addendums ahead of our wider reopening.

Attendance Policy COVID Addendum

Behaviour Policy COVID Addendum


11th March

As you may have seen in the media and our recent communications, those living in the same household or support bubble as a school age child can now take part in home testing as our students will do.  We hope you find the information below helpful if you are considering this. 

Household Testing


10th March

Please find below the latest update from our Principal about testing, including information for those who haven't given consent  but would still like their child to take part in testing. 

Principal's Update

The link to our testing consent form is here .


Here is a letter from our Principal about reopening next week.  

Reopening Letter


Please find below our updated COVID-19 School Wider Reopening Risk Assessment:

COVID 19 Risk Assessment for reopening



5th March

Please find below the latest letter and the reopening handbook from our Principal. Thank-you.

Reopening Handbook March 2021

Principal's Update

4th March

Please find below a letter from our Principal about LFD testing next week. Thank-you.

Principal's Update

3rd March

Please find below details of our Remote Learning Provision

Remote Learning Provision

2nd March 2021

As you know we will start LFD test for students shortly.  We have prepared a short video to show you our testing room and also the process your child will follow when they complete their test.  We hope you find this useful.  


2nd March 2021

Please find below an update from our Principal about the reopening of the academy on 8th March,



26th February 2021

Following the recent announcement regarding this year's exams, please see below a letter from our Principal. 

2021 Exams 

Summer Exams


24th February 2021

We would like to give pupils, parents and carers the opportunity to send a message of thanks to individual members of staff. If you would like to send something, please email by Monday 8 March 2021.


23rd February 2021

Further to the announcements regarding the return to school for students, please find below an important letter regarding testing for students and your consent for testing.


Testing Privacy Notice

Please give your consent for testing here


23rd February 2021

Following the government announcements yesterday, please find below letter from our CEO.

CEO Feb 2021


15th February 2021

Please find below a letter regarding the support we can offer towards remote learning.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the academy office.  

Remote Support


12th February 2021

Please find below the latest update from our Principal.

Principal - Feb 21


25th January 2021

Please find below an update from our CEO.

CEO - Jan 21


22nd January 2021

Please find below an update for our Year 11 and Year 13 students, parents and carers regarding examinations.

Exams - Jan 21


20th January 2021

Please see below for the Covid-19 Testing Privacy Statement

Covid-19 Testing Privacy Statement


19th January 2021

Please see below for the updated Covid-19 Addendum's to the Attendance, Behaviour and Safeguarding Policies:

Attendance Policy including Covid-19 Addendum

Behaviour Policy Covid-19 Addendum

Safeguarding Policy Covid-19 Addendum


11th January 2021

Please find below the latest update from our Principal

Update 11th Jan 2021

Wakefield Council letter to parents and carers


7th January 2021

Please find below an update from our Principal with important information regarding the rollout of COVID-19 Lateral Flow Testing, examinations and remote learning.  If you wish to give consent for your child to be tested please follow the link here.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Update 7 Jan


7th January 2021 - Mental health and wellbeing support for children and young people in the Wakefield district during the coronavirus pandemic

The following guide has been put together by Wakefield to help families support children and young people in the Wakefield district with their mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus pandemic.  

Wakefield Mental Health Support


5th January 2021

Please find below letters from  our Principal and CEO with updates for families following the lockdown announcement, thank you 

Principals update

CEO Update


4th January 2021

Happy New Year to all our students and parents and carers!
Please find below a letter outlining our remote learning during this period of partial closure.

Remote Jan 21


31st December

Please find below a letter from our Principal outlining plans for January

Jan 21 Plans


16th December 

Please find below an end of term update from our Principal

End of term update


11th December

We are pleased to welcome back Year 8 and Year 10 on Monday.

Y8 & Y10 re-opening


10th December 

Please find below an important letter to Year 10. It is important that all Year 10 Parents/Carers read this.

Year 10 Bubble


9th December

Please see below for the end of term letter from our CEO.  We will now close on Thursday 17th December at the end of the school day. 

End of term letter from CEO


8th December

Please find below any important letter to Year 10. It is important that all Year 10 Parents/Carers read this.

Year 10 Bubble


4th December

Please find below important letters to Year 8 and Year 10.  It is important that Parents/Carers read the relevant letters.

Year 8 Bubble

Year 10 Bubble


26th November 

We are pleased to welcome back Year 7 on Monday.  

Y7 Re-opening


19th November

Please find below an important letter for Year 7.  It is important all Year 7 Parents and Carers read this letter.

Year 7 Bubble


17th November 

Please find below an important letter for Year 9.  It is important all Year 9 parents and carers read this letter.



13th November

Please find below a letter outlining changes to our PE lessons for Years 7 and 8.  

Year 7 & Year 8 PE


10th November

Please find below an important letter for Year 9.  It is important all Year 9 parents and carers read this letter.

Year 9 Bubble


3rd November 

Please find below an update regarding lunch time arrangements for 6th Form Students.

6th Form lunch time arrangements

22nd October 

Please find below the latest update from our Principal.

Letter to Parents and Carers 22nd October 2020


21st October
Please find below an update from our CEO.

NAAT October 2020


20th October
When we return from the half term holidays, our lunch menu will be changing slightly.  We are able to introduce more choices for our students within the Burger Bar option; this will now change each day rather than being the same for the week.  The menus will be displayed in classrooms but it will help with the lunch register if students could choose their option before register time.   The new menu is below.
Autumn 2 Menu


16th October

Please find below a letter for our Years 8, 12 and 13 students regarding next week. 
Year 8/12/13 Reopening Letter

14th October 

Please note that from today face coverings are required by all students in school, unless exempt as per government guidance, as we are now in Tier 2.

7th October  - Important Information for Year 8

Please find below an important letter for Year 8 about next week.  It is important all Year 8 parents and carers read this letter.

Year 8 Bubble

14th September

Please find below the latest update from our Principal.

Principal's Update 14/09/20


4th September
Our reopening plans are on our homepage with all the details regarding start times, gates to use, year group bubbles etc. 

Please find below details of the menus we will be offering when our students return.  The menus will run on three weekly cycles and during each week the menu will be the same for Monday to Friday.  Students will choose one of the four options each morning during registration or say they are having a packed lunch. Students can have any of the four options each day but once it is ordered they cannot change their mind later in the day.  The menus are shown below.

It is really important that everyone remembers we cannot accept cash payments for lunches at this time.  We are not using the biometric finger system and we have no facilities at this time to safely collect and process cash.  All payments needs to be made, in advance via the new app, My Child At School (MCAS).  Details of this app have been text to all parents but please contact the office if you need any help setting this up.  It is very important you have credit on your account before your child orders a lunch or we may not be able to provide it for them.  All meal options are £2.50.   Any balances parents held on the previous payment system, SCOPAY, will be transferred across to MCAS next week.  If you choose not to use the app then you will need to provide a packed lunch for your child during this time.

Children eligible for the income related free school meals will request their lunch in the same way with credits automatically applied for their meals. 

Autumn Menu


Here is the latest update for our return to school next week:

Update 3 September

Re-Opening Handbook

Wider Re-Opening Risk Assessment

In line with the information above, we have also updated some of our policies.  Please find below, addendums to our Attendance and Behaviour Policies.

Attendance Policy Addendum

Behaviour Policy Addendum

Finally, the government have just released some information to support families and students with returning to school. Parents are encouraged to visit  here  for information and practical guidance to help plan for their children’s return to school. 

Should further guidance or changes to guidance become available in this ever-changing situation, we will share this with you as soon as we can. 

3rd July
Please find below an update on schools re-opening and our end of term arrangements.

Update 3 July


16th June - North Yorkshire School Transport - Information for Years 10 and 12
North Yorkshire County Council has set up an online registration form for students who currently require their usual Home to School Transport.  Students who usually access NYCC Home to school transport are required to register via an online form to access this transport each week. The ‘Book School Transport’ form is available here . 
Parents will need to complete the form on a weekly basis (cut off times for each week are detailed on the North Yorkshire webpage). The academy does not have any further information so if you have any questions please contact North Yorkshire County Council.

15th June - Exams Information for Years 11 and 13
Further information has been issued by Ofqual regarding this year's exams and the new system for awarding grades.  Information to support parents, carers, students and schools can be found  here .

12th June
Please find below our weekly update for parents, carers and students.

Weekly Update

12th June
We are looking forward to welcoming our Year 10 students from Monday.  Please find below a letter to help you prepare for returning.  We can't wait to see you!

Year 10 Guidance

8th June
Please find below a letter outlining our provision for Year 10 and Year 12 from 15th June.  

Y10 & Y12 Return

5th June
Please find below our first update for the new half term.

Summer Week 1 Update

26th May
Following our letter on Friday and recent government announcements, please find below a letter about the arrangements for Airedale Academy. 

Phased Return

22nd May
Please find below a letter outlining our phased approach to re-opening schools. 

Re-Opening Plans

16th May
As mentioned in our letter yesterday, we are asking parents to complete a survey regarding a return to school.  The survey can be found below and we are asking you to complete a survey for each child at Airedale Academy.

Return to School Survey


15th May
Please find attached our latest update.

Week 7 Further Update

11th May
Please find below a letter in response to recent government announcements about schools.

Week 7 Update

28th April
As we move into week 6, please find attached a letter giving our latest updates.

Week 6 Update

17th April
Please find below a letter giving you an update at the end of week 4  and outlining changes to our emergency childcare provision from next week.

Week 4 Update

3rd April 
Please find below a letter giving you an update at the end of week 2.

Week 2 Update

1st April
Please see the letter below for an update on our Free School Meals voucher scheme and how this will change after the Easter holidays.

FSM Update

31st March
Potential Scam: The government has advised that some parents across the UK have received an email stating  ‘As schools will be closing, if you’re entitled to free school meals, please send your bank details and we’ll make sure you’re supported’.

We can confirm that this is a scam email and is not official. We urge parents that if you receive any emails like this, please do not respond, and delete it immediately.  If you have any concerns about emails you think may be from us please do call us to check.  The academy phones are available 8.30am until 2.30pm each day or you can contact us at

27th March
Please find below a letter giving you an update at the end of week 1.

Week 1 Update

20th March 2020 3pm
Please find below a letter confirming our closure from today and the childcare provision to the children of key workers who have no means of keeping their child/children at home as well as vulnerable students.

Academy Closure

20th March 2020 9am
The Government published the full list of jobs which are considered key workers after midnight last night, details below. If you fall within the definition of key worker and will require emergency childcare provided by the school, please contact us by 10am this morning with the details set out in yesterday’s letter (also below).

Health and Social Care
This includes but is not limited to doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers, and other frontline health and social care staff including volunteers; the support and specialist staff required to maintain the UK’s health and social care sector; those working as part of the health and social care supply chain, including producers and distributers of medicines and medical and personal protective equipment.

Education and Childcare
This includes nursery and teaching staff, social workers and those specialist education professionals who must remain active during the COVID-19 response to deliver this approach.

Key Public Services
This includes those essential to the running of the justice system, religious staff, charities and workers delivering key frontline services, those responsible for the management of the deceased, and journalists and broadcasters who are providing public service broadcasting.

Local and National Government
This only includes those administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the COVID-19 response or delivering essential public services such as the payment of benefits, including in government agencies and arms length bodies.

Food and other Necessary Goods
This includes those involved in food production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (for example hygienic and veterinary medicines).

Public Safety and National Security
This includes police and support staff, Ministry of Defence civilians, contractor and armed forces personnel (those critical to the delivery of key defence and national security outputs and essential to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic), fire and rescue service employees (including support staff), National Crime Agency staff, those maintaining border security, prison and probation staff and other national security roles, including those overseas.

This includes those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the COVID-19 response, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass.

Utilities, Communication and Financial Services
This includes staff needed for essential financial services provision (including but not limited to workers in banks, building societies and financial market infrastructure), the oil, gas, electricity and water sectors (including sewerage), information technology and data infrastructure sector and primary industry supplies to continue during the COVID-19 response, as well as key staff working in the civil nuclear, chemicals, telecommunications (including but not limited to network operations, field engineering, call centre staff, IT and data infrastructure, 999 and 111 critical services), postal services and delivery, payments providers and waste disposal sectors.

If workers think they fall within the critical categories above they should confirm with their employer that, based on their business continuity arrangements, their specific role is necessary for the continuation of this essential public service.