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Supporting young people to access higher education: views of parents and carers wanted

Parents and carers are being invited to participate in a survey about how Go Higher West Yorkshire can support them to support their child. Go Higher West Yorkshire (GHWY) are passionate about helping people make the …

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Is there a (budding) doctor in the house?

Yesterday some very lucky Y9 and Y10s got to experience what it might be like to have a career in medicine, taking part in workshops delivered by Medical Mavericks about the different careers available post 16. Beth, a 3rd year …

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Attendance Week 16-20 July 2018

Regular attendance at school is vital to help children achieve and get the best possible start in life.   Children who frequently miss school often fall behind. There is a strong link between good …

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Students celebrate end of exams at Y11 prom

Y11 students from Airedale Academy celebrated the end of their GCSEs in glorious sunshine at the Y11 Prom last night.  Held at King's Croft, Pontefract, students arrived in style - including in a …

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'Move It' dance showcase performs to sell-out crowd

Our outstanding annual dance showcase ‘Move It’ took place last night. Over 240 amazing students from Year 7 to Year 13 were involved and they stunned the sell-out audience with their many …

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Northern Ambition schools welcome exchange teacher from Ghana

We were delighted to welcome a special visitor into school today - Eric, from Ghana. Eric is in the country on a teacher exchange programme with Airedale Junior School, another school in our Northern …

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Local MP praises The Cast while raising awareness about student finance

Local MP Yvette Cooper visited school today to see The Cast’s latest Theatre in Education production . Following the performance, Ms Cooper commented: ‘Wow, what a performance from sixth form …

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Airedale 'Drops Everything' to Read during Literacy Week

It's been an exciting week this week as we've celebrated Literacy Week with some fabulous events. Along with our 'Drop Everything and Read' session, in which the entire school stopped what they were …

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Students get a taste of music opportunities in HE

Today some Year 9 and 10 GCSE music students took part in a taster day at Leeds College of Music. The day involved taking part in a percussion workshop and a campus tour. All the students thoroughly enjoyed the day. with …

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Airedale student wins Tim Henman Unsung Heroes Award

We always knew our students were heroes, but we had it confirmed by Tim Henman yesterday, when our very own Mackenzie Millington collected her award for being one of Wakefield’s ‘Unsung …

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Students get taste of life in construction

As part of the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP), some of our students have taken part in an exciting project co-delivered by Go Higher West Yorkshire and national house builders Keepmoat Homes. The …

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Students pit their wits against one another in submarine escape challenge

Eight students and two staff took part in the first head-to-head Escape Room, 'Submerged', at The Great Escape in Leeds yesterday. The aim of the game was to work as a team to escape the abandoned submarines in …

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Dates confirmed for Y11 May Half Term revisions sessions

Y11 students who would like some more support preparing for GCSE exams are invited into school during Spring Bank for subject-specific revision sessions. Subjects, dates and times can be found on this website …

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Students complete 13-hour, 26 mile Three Peaks Trek to raise £2,100 for Cancer Research!

At 3.30 am on a cold Saturday morning, 13 students from Y11 departed for the Hill Inn at Chapel-le-Dale. After a quick pitstop in Hawes, we arrived at just after 6.10am. We met our expert guide, Heather, who gave us a rundown of the …

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Three Peaks hopefuls hit the press

Our Three Peaks Challenge has been featured in the Pontefract and Castleford Express! You can read the full article here …

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Sparking students interest in electricity generation at Drax power station

As GCSEs loom for Y11s, students from Airedale Academy visited Drax power station, the UK's largest coal-powered station, to see how electricity is generated using biomass and coal. After being given security …

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Students clock up 12 miles in final Three Peaks training walk

As preparations continue for the Three Peaks, our Y11 students walked just over 12 miles around Pontefract Park and Newmillerdam. Today's training concentrated on long distance walking without stopping. We aimed …

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St Cuthbert's trophy is returned in the nick of time!

Students spent Wednesday afternoon of the half-term holiday trying to solve the mystery of the missing trophy at St. Cuthbert's School. Along they way, they had some difficult challenges to solve and codes to crack, …

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Students conquer Pendle Hill as preparation for Three Peaks continues

Eleven students and two members of staff set off early on Good Friday morning to Pendle in Barley, situated on the southern edge of the Yorkshire Dales. Upon arrival, they were met by their expert guide, Heather, and …

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The Cast storm to another hit with their performance of 'Ghost'

Airedale's Sixth Form performing arts students triumphed yet again this week with their emotive and professional production of 'Ghost'. Performing to near sell out audiences every night, the rotating …

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Star-struck students meet astronaut Rick Mastracchio

Three students from Airedale Academy had the chance to meet former NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio at the Space Lectures event held in Pontefract on Saturday 24 March. Rick has flown on three NASA Space Shuttle missions as a …

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Academy Council members conduct Skype interview with John Bercow

Airedale Academy student council have taken part in a Skype conversation with the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, this morning. They asked him over 20 questions which included "What advice would he …

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Change to school calendar - Summer Term

Please note that there will be a slight change to the calendar at the end of term.   We will hold one Whole School Activity Day on Monday 23 July in lieu of the reward days initially planned for the 16 & 17 …

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Students Crack Codes in Escape Room

Three intrepid teams of Y11 students attended Locked In Games in Leeds last night to take on the three escape rooms: The Nursery, The Hospital and Narnia. All three teams managed to crack all the codes in less than the hour …

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Attendance Week 26-29 March

Regular attendance at school is vital to help children achieve and get the best possible start in life.   Children who frequently miss school often fall behind. There is a strong link between good …

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Pupils make a 'Big Bang' in Birmingham!

A group of students and members of the Science department visited the Big Bang Show in Birmingham yesterday. It certainly started off with a Bang! Amongst other things, students watched ‘Gastronaut, the …

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Students offered chance to see Space Shuttle on trip to Florida

Students are being offered the opportunity to participate in a fantastic trip to Florida to see the Space Shuttle and visit some of the state's other attractions. The trip, which is open to students in current years …

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Airedale awarded Beacon status for work on anti-bullying

Airedale Academy has been successful in our bid to become a Beacon School for the Barnardos Anti-Homophobic, Biphobic and Transphobic bullying programme. The award is recognition for our commitment and hard work in …

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Students prepare for Three Peaks challenge to raise money for Cancer Research

A  dedicated group of Y11 students are planning to complete the Three Peaks Challenge, while raising money to donate to Cancer Research. Everyone in the group is undertaking the challenge in memory of loved ones who have …

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Dauntless Y11s brave freezing conditions for English masterclass

We have had a superb GCSE English masterclass in the theatre today! Well done to the 70 Y11 students who made it in to school despite the icy conditions, and to Mrs Richmond for her fantastic revision session!  …

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Three Peaks conquered by fundraising students

Students set off from school at 3.30am yesterday morning to take on The Three Peaks as part of the fundraising efforts of The Cast! After a 7am briefing from our mountain leader guide, Esther, 12 students and staff scaled …

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Airedale students lead the way on a new project tackling underage drinking!

Some of our students are taking part in a new community initiative to raise awareness of the dangers of “proxy sales”, where adults buy alcohol for under-18s. Today, students - supported by teachers, local …

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Students experience action-packed Iceland adventure

On Sunday 11 February 43 students and 7 members of staff set off on an adventure of a lifetime to Iceland. However, we were told when we reached the airport that Keflavik airport was closed, because of high winds and we …

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Y7 demonstrate Academy values during Ullswater expedition

Y7 students took part in a fantastic Outward Bounds experience at Ullswater in the Lake District! Students experienced a range of activities based around our Academy Values of respect, bravery and ambition. The …

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Herd Farm revision trip promotes bravery and ambition

Y11 students and dedicated staff gave up some of their half term holiday for revision, mud and a healthy dose of ambition! Pupils took part in an English and Maths residential at Herd Farm funded by NCOP as part of our …

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Pupils demonstrate communication and code-breaking skills

A number of Y11 have enjoyed a fantastic team-building experience at Locked In Games in Leeds  - an escape room in which they had 1 hour to crack all the codes and escape... Group 1 was led by Miss Kershaw; they had to …

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Bake sale raises funds and awareness of LGBT issues

Our bake sale to raise awareness during LGBT month has been a huge success! Thanks to all those students and staff who contributed a variety of fabulous cakes - Yum! …

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Y11 students invited to apply for National Citizen Service residential

Thank you to Dom and Alice from the National Citizen Service for coming into Year 11 assembly today to launch their amazing 3 week residential in the summer holidays. Parents of Year 11, please ask your child about this amazing …

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Cas Tigers rugby coaching for Y7 and Y8

Forty of our Y7 and Y8 students got to experience an amazing Castleford Tigers Elite Rugby Coaching session today. The coaches were impressed, as were the students! Well done. …

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Joint campaign by Airedale schools for permanent crossing on Sheepwalk Lane

Around a year ago, Wakefield Council said that it would no longer be funding the School Crossing Patrol at the junction of Poplar Avenue/Gypsy Lane and Sheepwalk Lane from 1 April 2017, a crossing that is used by many pupils, …

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Careers fair great success according students and parents

Our careers fair held this week for students from Y9 to Y13 and their parents/carers was a huge success. Feedback from the providers has been really positive, stating what a pleasure it had been to come to the academy. Students …

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Sponsorship by local companies funds new rugby kit

A huge thank you to JJC Groundwork’s and Phelan’s Convenience Store for sponsoring our girls rugby team, allowing us to get an amazing brand new kit. THANK YOU!! …

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Sixth form success

Year 13 students recently visited Leeds Beckett University's Headingley campus to receive their Progression Module awards.  They had a great day and were amazing advocates for the school. …

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