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Uniform Donations

Your child is fast approaching the end of their time at Airedale Academy, if any student would like to kindly donate uniform, spare PE kit or revision guides for other students it would be greatly appreciated. At times pupils …

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Spain 2024

Check out the Spain 2024 Trip Report! [|(URL:/images/media/_doc/spain-2024-trip-report.pdf)(Name:Spain Trip report)|] …

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Our Parent Survey is Live

Dear Parents and Carers, As part of our continual evaluation of the quality of our provision, we would like to collect your feedback on your child's or children's educational experience in their current school. …

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The Airedaler

Please see below the latest edition of The Airedaler!    [|(URL:/images/media/_doc/anhm-newsletter-july-2023...-1.pdf)(Name:The Airedaler)|] …

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My Child At School App

How you log in to 'My Child At School' is changing from the 23rd of June. From Friday you will only need the email address registered with your account and your current password. If you have forgotten the email address …

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School Closure

Following the overnight snow, for health and safety reasons, the academy will be closed to all staff and students today, Friday 10th March. Work will be available on Google Classroom, Educake and Sparx. We will …

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Exam Certificates

REMINDER We still have lots of Exam Certificates from our class of 2022 as well as some older ones going back to 2020. If you have not yet collected your exam certificates, please could you contact the office to arrange …

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Wakefield Families Together

Wakefield Families Together (WFT) brings services together to join up how we work so that it’s easier for you, should you have a concern about your child or family member, to find and access the support needed, at the …

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Airedale Academy is an Ofsted Good Provider

Ofsted visited our Academy on the 29th November 2022.  "Many staff go the extra mile to provide wider opportunities beyond the curriculum" "Pupils enjoy their lessons. They work hard and …

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Dance Action Zone Leeds

LIVE IN LEEDS? DO YOU WANT SAFE, FUN, ENERGETIC AND AFFORDABLE DANCE SESSIONS? Try a DAZL dance session across Leeds for anyone aged 3 - 19 years (25 years with a disability). We’re here to make sure you have fun even if …

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Wakefield Happy Healthy Holidays

Happy Healthy Holidays are back! See the below poster for more details …

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OFSTED visit

OSTED will be visiting the Academy on Tuesday 29th November 2022. Please visit the letters page for more infomation. …

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Cost of living support

Please click on the link below a guidebook that Wakefield Council have put together regarding support available with regards to the cost of …

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SAVE THE DATE - open evening for Year 5 and Year 6 students

  Join us at 3.30pm on Thursday 13th of October to have a peek into Academy life. Parents and students can tour our school as well as enjoy a welcome talk ay 3.45pm and 5.45pm from key members of …

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Academy Building Works and Telephone Lines

During our building improvement works, the office team are based in a temporary building near the main gates.  Unfortunately, we have one less phone line in the temporary office so, if you have any difficulties in …

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Water Safety

Wakefield Safeguarding Children Partnership have launched a new Water Safety webpage.  The page has been created in consultation with the RNLI UK and RLSS. Please follow ths link to …

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The Airedaler

Please click here for the July edition of the Airedaler   …

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Happy Healthy Holidays are back!

Wakefield Council are working in partnership with voluntary and community organisations, local schools and childcare providers as part of the WF Happy Healthy Holidays programme, funded by the DfE to provide a summer of …

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Bowling, Roller Disco and Pizzas @ The Hut this Summer

Wakefield Council are working in partnership with voluntary and community organisations, local schools and childcare providers as part of the WF Happy Healthy Holidays programme, funded by the DfE to provide a summer of …

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Florida 2023

Airedale will be back on tour in 2023 with a trip to Florida to visit the Kennedy Space Center in which they will meet an astronaut and visit the Saturn V rocket, Space Shuttle Atlantis and view the launch pad that Space X use to …

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STEMplus - Wakefield College

What is STEMplus? STEMplus is an exciting series of masterclasses delivered by Wakefield College for Key Stage 3 students. Our FREE masterclasses are fun, informative and inspiring, and are delivered during the …

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National Thank a Teacher Day

National Thank a Teacher Day is set to take place on Thursday 26th May and we would love as many of our wonderful staff to receive messages of thanks! This year, the theme will recognise the schools at the heart of our …

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Happy Healthy Holidays

What is WF Happy Healthy Holidays? WF Happy Healthy Holidays aims to keep children and young people active during the School Holidays by providing free enriching activities and healthy food for children in …

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STEMplus February half term

Please see the below poster for further inforamtion about the STEMplus masterclasses being delivered by Wakefield College during February half …

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Year 12 & 13 Parents Evening Tuesday 1st February 2022

Please click here for details of the upcoming Year 12 & 13 Parents' Evening …

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Year 9 Parents' Evening

Our virual year 9 parents' evening will be held on Wednesday 19th January 2022 3:30-6:30pm.   Here is a letter with further details and information about to make your appointments Here is a guide for …

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Start of term arrangements

Please find here a letter from our Principal which outlines arrangements for our return in January 2022. Wishing you a merry Christmas and we look forward to seeing you all in 2022!   …

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Christmas Jumper Day - Thursday 16th December 2021

Our last day of term is Thursday 16th December, we finish at our usual time.  Students are invited to wear a Christmas jumper or non uniform on this day. Please, if you are able to, bring a donation for the …

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Year 11 Parents' Evening Wednesday 8th December 3-6pm

Appointments can now be booked for the Year 11 Parents Evening on Wednesday 8th December 3-6pm Please note that this will now be held via video calls not in person at the …

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Happy Health Holidays Activities!

Dear Parents and Carers, For the Christmas holidays eligible children can access a variety of activity and sport sessions at no cost to you.  To check if your child is eligible and book their place, please …

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Year 10 Parents' Evening Wednesday 17th November 3:30-6:30pm

Appointments can now be booked for the Year 10 Parents Evening on Wednesday 17th November 3:30-6:30pm > Click here for details of the upcoming Year 10 Parents' …

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How to use My Child At School app

Please click here for a guide of how to use the My Child At School App My Child At School App Guide My Child At School App Guide - Polish Translation …

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Year 8 Parents Evening Wednesday 20th October 3:30-6:30pm

Appointments can now be booked for the Year 8 Parents Evening on Wednesday 20th October 3:30-6:30pm Click here for details of the upcoming Year 8 Parents Evening Here is a guide for booking appointments …

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Sleeptember! Are you a night owl or an early bird? Come along to find out about how to improve your sleep!

SLEEPTEMBER Are you a night owl or an early bird? Come along to find out about how to improve your sleep! Please click here to book your place …

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Register now for the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme!

  We are pleased to annouced that we can accept applications to complete The Duke of Edinburgh's Award for 2021-2022. Students moving from Y8 to Y9 can now sign up for The …

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Young Firefighters Activity Day

Dear Parents and Carers  iSpace will be delivering a Young Firefighters Day in conjunction with WEST YORKSHIRE FIRE & RESCUE SERVICE called RescuYou, with thanks to the Happy Healthy Holidays – …

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Happy Healthy Holiday Activities!

Dear Parents and Carers, iSpace are delivering 4 SUMMER CAMP days over one week for Young People from Airedale aged 8-14yrs, in conjunction with Happy Healthy Holidays – Wakefield Council & Dept of …

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Better & Bright Uniform

One of our trusted suppliers, Better & Bright, have some great deals for families who are looking to purchase uniform ready for …

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Iceland 2022

**Update 27th May 2021 The Iceland trip has been very popular. All the places have now been taken and the reserve list is also now full. We would like to thank everyone who has made an expression of interest. **Update …

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Change to Inset Day

Please see letter re changes to our July Inset Day by  clicking here Thank-you. …

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Year 11 CAGs Information

Please click here for the latest update from our Principal regarding Year 11 Centre Assessed Grades. Further details for Summer 2021 CAGs can be found here. …

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Year 7 Virual Parents' Evening

Parents & Carers of Year 7 students, please read the following letter and guide for the upcoming Virtual Parents' Evening on Thursday 13th …

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Year 11 Leavers Hoodies

This year's Leavers Hoodies for our Year 11 students canb be ordered via APC Clothing using this link: https://www.school-uniforms.co.uk/airedale-academy-leavers-hoodies.html The price is …

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DoE Y10 Silver Award - Sign Up Now!

Students in Y10 will be receiving their DofE Bronze Award shortly and can now progress onto their DofE Silver Award. The Silver Award is available to ANY student in Y10 (even those who have not completed the Bronze Award!). The …

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Important Information - please read.

As the current Covid-19 situation is evolving, so are our plans for what may come our way.  Please could you take a moment to answer the questions on this  link  as fully as possible. Your replies will be key to …

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Sixth Form Parents' Evening

Parents & Carers of Sixth Form students, please read the following letter and guide for the upcoming Virtual Parents' Evening on Tuesday 2nd …

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Year 9 Virtual Parents' Evening

Parents & Carers of Year 9 students, please read the following letter and guide for the upcoming Virtual Parents' Evening on Wednesday …

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Year 11 Virtual Parents' Evening

Parents & Carers of Year 11 students, please read the following letter and guide for the upcoming Virtual Parents' Evening on Wednesday 9th …

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Year 8 Virtual Parents' Evening

Parents & Carers of Year 8 students, please read the following letter and guide for the upcoming Virtual Parents' Evening on Thursday …

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Year 10 Virtual Parents Evening

Parents & Carers of Year 10 students, please read the following letter and guide for the upcoming Virtual Parents' Evening on Wednesday 18th …

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Remembrance 2020

Lest we forget ... …

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Important Information

  We ask that all parents and carers read the letter below:   [|(URL:/images/media/_doc/letter-to-all-parents-carers----7-oct.pdf)(Name:Letter - 7 Oct)|]     Thank …

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Latest update from our Principal

Please take a moment to read the latest update update from our Principal ahead of October half term break.   …

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Test and Trace Update from Public Health England

Public Health England have asked that we share this information with you:   [|(URL:/images/media/_doc/23rd-september---phe-letter-to-parents-and-guardians.pdf)(Name:NHS Test & Trace)|] …

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Brotherton Bus Update from North Yorkshire County Council

If your child uses the Brotherton bus to come to school, please see the information below published by North Yorkshire County Council.  Please pay particular attention to the latest government guidance on face …

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Latest Year 11 Exam Results Information

Please find below the latest information we have.  Please note this an ever changing situation and we will update you as guidance is received from our exam boards and the government. 18th August …

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Information for Y11 & Y13 Results Days

  Year 11/13 Students/parents and carers, please see the letter below regarding arrangements for GCSE & A Level Exam results days .   Dear Year 11 / 13 Student and your parents/carers I hope …

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Miss Matthews will be the new Head of Year 10 C side from September and is looking forward to welcoming you back to school ...   …

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End of term Letters from our Principal and CEO

Please take a moment to read the end of term letters from our Principal and CEO which outlines plans for when we will be looking forward to welcoming back our students in September. End of term letter from our …

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Goodbye Year 13!

13th July 2020   Dear Year 13 students, As we come to the last day of term who would have thought that your year would end like this. I am so grateful that we managed to get some small celebrations in before …

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Welcome to Year 10 in September ...

Miss Barker will be the new Head of Year 10 A side from September and is looking forward to welcoming you back to school ...     …

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Y11 Leavers 2020

Here is a message from our staff to all our Year 11 students moving on to pastures new ...   …

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Parent and carer survey - please let us know your thoughts.

6th July 2020   Dear Parent/Carer, I hope this letter finds you and your family well. As always, feedback from our parents and carers is important to us and plays a huge part in our school improvement …

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Year 11 Leavers

Calling all Year 11 leavers  ... here is a link for you to purchase a leavers' hoodie if you would like one.  If you follow this link you can choose your colour and your …

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Uniform Event - Make Sure you Book an Appointment

We have two uniform suppliers.  We have CWS Schoolwear, a web based supplier who is able to supply your uniform needs via their website on this link.  We also have Better and Bright who are located in the Castleford …

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Farewell to Year 11 class of 2020

On what would have been Year 11 students last official day with us, please see the letter from your Progress Leader Mr Wharin. Dear Year 11 student, Firstly, let me start with congratulating you on how well you …

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What to do if you are concerned about a young person ...

Wakefield Council is asking everyone to play their part in safeguarding children and recognise where families need support.  The Council is supporting a campaign led by the Wakefield Safeguarding Children’s …

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Wakefield Children Health and Wellbeing Coronavirus Survey

Wakefield Council would like to gather information on the current health and wellbeing of young people in our area.  To facilitate this, a survey has been designed to gain an insight into children’s …

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As a result of recent government advice and declining staff numbers due to self-isolation associated with the Coronavirus, please be advised that there will be a partial school closure tomorrow, Friday 20th March …

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Community Food Collection

We would like to come to the aid of some of the most vulnerable members of our community during these challenging times and run another food drive for the Trinity Mission, Castleford. Your total generosity has blown us away in …

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Norway 2020 !

NORWAY 2020 TRIP REPORT It might have been Valentine’s Day, but you would not have guessed it by the 4.30am start! Twenty three students and three staff jetted off to Norway for a spectacular trip to see the Norwegian …

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We would like to hear from you!

As part of our continued collaboration with schools in our area, we are a member of a network looking specifically at how we inform our young people about Relationships, Health and Sex Education.  As a result of this work, …

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December Newsletter

Please take a moment to look at all the exciting things we have been up to this term in our December Newsletter, available on this link -   Academy Newsletters.   …

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Arrangements for Students on our Last Day of Term

Please take a moment to look at our recent letter home confirming the arrangements for our last day of term on Friday 20 December 2019.  The letter can be found on this link -   End of Term Letter. …

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

The staff, students and governors at Airedale Academy would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. …

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Science Gate Challenge, Week 2

Well done to everyone who answered their questions correctly last week! This week, we move onto Energy in Physics. Do you know the eight forms of energy? Can you describe what specific heat capacity is and give the …

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Educake comes to Airedale Academy!

Our Science department have invested in a piece of software to support our students with their Science revision and to demonstrate their knowledge... Educake!  Why not join thousands of students across …

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Do you fancy a relaxed programme of cooking, exercise and self-reflection?

Who dreams of a different life?  One where you can achieve what your heart desires?  Join i-Space for a fun and relaxed 12 week programme, of Cooking sessions, Exercise and Self-Reflection. This …

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Airedale Academy Open Day 2019

We would like to welcome prospective parents, carers and students to our annual open day.  Please come along and see the opportunities available at our academy for students joining Year 7 and Sixth Form in September …

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Duke of Edinburgh Award 2019

The Duke of Edinburgh Award will be launched with Year 9 and Year 10 students in assemblies in the week commencing 30th September. The enrolment form needs to be completed and returned to Student Reception with the £25 …

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The 2021 Ski Trip to the Austrian Alps is now open for deposits!

There are 40 places available on the trip- open to current Year 7, 8 & 9 students. New Year 7s will be able to book onto the trip either by paying by cash / cheque at the academy main Reception before Friday 19th July …

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Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Qualifying Expedition Complete!

Students from Airedale Academy trekked across Silkstone for the start of their Bronze expedition. The route took them south towards Oxspring, before travelling east along the Trans Pennine Trail and then north up to Lindley …

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Duke of Edinburgh Silver Qualifying Expedition Complete!

It may have been the hottest day of the year, but this did not deter our silver Duke of Edinburgh students from taking part in the qualifying expedition at Bolton Abbey. Students left for Thruscross Reservoir on Friday 28 June …

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Duke of Edinburgh Silver Practice Expedition 2019

Airedale Academy's first Duke of Edinburgh expedition set off mid-morning on Friday 21 June to Silkstone, South Yorkshire. With Mr Clark leading the first two groups, they set off on the Southern loop down to Oxspring to …

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Move It ! Dance Spectacular

Come along and join us at this amazing event!     …

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Duke of Edinburgh Training Walks Complete!

All the Duke of Edinburgh award students have completed their 7km navigational walk around Fairburn Ings and the surrounding areas of Ledsham and Ledston. The students have done remarkably well with this intensive course in …

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Intrepid Duke of Edinburgh Team Conquer British Weather and Fairburn Ings

Wednesday 8th May saw the first of three 7km training walks around Fairburn Ings for our DofE adventurers. Students had to navigate from Fairburn Ings to Ledsham and then Ledston before finally making their way back to the …

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Is there a Doctor in the House?

  On Monday 29th April, Medical Mavericks returned to Airedale Academy to thrill students in Year 9 and Year 10 with a range of medical-related tests. The sessions were designed to give students an insight into …

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Duke of Edinburgh Training comes to Airedale Academy

The academy’s first cohort of DofE students had their first official training session on Tuesday 23 April. Jane, our Operations Officer from the Duke of Edinburgh scheme, trained the students in the different aspects …

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Free Breakfasts come to Airedale

Airedale Academy has launched a partnership with the National School Breakfast Programme (NSBP) with the aim that no child starts the school day too hungry to learn.  As part of the project, all students at …

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Norway Trip 2020

NORWAY TRIP 2020 We are delighted to announce that next year's Airedale Academy trip will be to Norway to see the fjords!  This will be an amazing adventure so we expect the places to go quickly.  If your son / …

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Bangs and Burning at Brainiac Live!

Dubbed 'The Science Museum meets Top Gear', students in Year 10 spent Saturday evening at Wakefield Theatre Royal for an exhilarating hour of bangs, explosions and daredevil stunts at Brainiac …

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Forty nine students and staff enjoyed a six-day, half-term excursion at Orlando, Florida with the Science department. The itinerary was action-packed with the first day being taken up with flying to Atlanta and then …

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On 26 February, Dr Sohan Jheeta brought in samples of the moon from the ‘red box’, one of only four touring boxes of Moon rock. Inside the box was lunar sample 230 along with meteorites from the Moon and …

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Year 10 French Students Enjoy Watching La Salles d'Enigmes!

Yet again our French students enjoyed a brilliant French play, 'La Salles d'Enigmes' today. De Lacy Academy kindly invited us to watch the play at their school and we, of course, accepted.   It was …

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Take a look at our amazing Science resources for Year 11!

We have added some amazing resources for our Year 11 Science students ... please take a look!  https://www.airedaleacademy.com/year-11-revision/ …

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On Valentine’s Day, thirteen students from years 10 and 11 visited the First Direct Arena in Leeds for a sell-out lecture, “Universal: Adventures in Space & Time”, from world renowned Physicist, …

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Winter Message

The Wintry Weather is Looming ...    As the weather becomes a lot colder with the likelihood of snow and ice, please can we remind parents and carers that should students need to walk to school in boots …

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Burberry Inspire

We are very privileged, as one of only four schools nationwide, to have been invited to take part in the exciting Burberry Inspire Project.  This 4 year long programme will see every pupil in Key Stage 3 have the …

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

The staff and students at Airedale Academy would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. …

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Airedale Academy's staff and three ex-students came back strong in the second escape room trip of the year to take on five extremely talented Year 11 students at The Escapologist in Xscape on 11th December. The aim was to …

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History brought to life by staff to mark Remembrance Day

Staff at Airedale Academy have got into the spirit of our Remembrance 100 activities this week by arriving at school today in historical costume. Mrs Gale, Mr Miller and Mrs Cox dressed up to represent key figures in …

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Students Beat the Staff at the Escape Room!

Seven Year 11 students visited the Escapologist in Xscape during half-term to take on our staff and four ex-students in a ‘staff vs students’ showdown. The seven Year 11 students ventured into an arctic-themed …

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Students see Mr Billings in Hairspray!

Thirty-Five lucky students with five excited members of staff boarded the coach on Friday 2nd November to visit Harrogate Theatre where Mr Billings has been starring in the hit musical, Hairspray. He played the role of …

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Forensic Scientists for the Day!

Thirteen Year 9 students embarked on an exciting forensics trip to Alton Towers on Tuesday 23rd October. With the help of PhD students from Staffordshire University, our students took part in a forensic investigation. At the …

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Airedale Academy wins a National Award for work tackling underage drinking

Airedale Academy is excited to announce that we have been awarded the Community Alcohol Partnerships (CAP) award for Excellence in Education. Our very own Principal, Liz Fairhurst, headed to Cardiff this …

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Year 11 Pie, Peas & Progression!

We would like to welcome all Year 11 students as well as their parents and carers to our amazing Year 11 Progreesion Evening.  Why not come along to our free Pie & Pea Supper and hear from our exhibitors who will have lots …

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Airedale Academy Open Evening

Are you looking for a a place in Year 7 for next academic year or for a place in Sixth Form? Please come along to our open evening on Wednesday 3rd October between 3.30pm and 7.30pm.   There will be presentations …

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Castleford Tigers and Airedale Academy link up to provide innovative new sports education pathway

A ground-breaking education partnership between Castleford Tigers and Airedale Academy has hit the town, with the launch of the Tigers College of Rugby League. The new enterprise has been established to allow 16-18 …

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Duke of Edinburgh Scheme comes to Airedale Academy!

We are very excited about an amazing opportunity for students in Y9 and Y10 to take part in the bronze and silver Duke of Edinburgh award. Students in these year groups will be hearing more in assemblies this week to launch this …

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Long-awaited refurbishment of school canteen revealed

Following months of planning, the refurbished canteen and cafe areas have been revealed to students for the first time today. The canteen has been extended into an adjacent room to provide additional seating for the …

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GCSE Results 2018

GCSE Results 2018 At a time of much change in the world of exams, Airedale Academy is able to celebrate an increased percentage in students achieving both a standard pass (grade 4+) and a good pass (grade 5+) in both English and …

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Canteen upgrade works are underway!

Work has started on the refurbishment and extension of the canteen ready for September. The wall between the canteen and old cover area has been removed and the decoraters are in freshening everything up with a new vibrant …

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Update on payment for Florida trip

Parent/carers of the Florida trip: The July payment was due on the 21 July and the August payment is due on 21 August. The August payment can be paid online during the holidays or in cash the first day back in September. …

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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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Focus on attendance in run-up to Christmas

Research clearly shows that good school attenders do better in their examinations, develop more skills, make more friends, get better jobs and earn more money than those children with poor attendance. During …

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Airedale Academy judged 'good' by Ofsted

Airedale Academy was inspected by Ofsted on the 26th and 27th September 2017. I am delighted to now be able to confirm that the school was judged to be good across all areas and to share the final report with you.  Click here …

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Concorde visit a supersonic experience

Students in Y10 visited Manchester Airport yesterday to board the legendary Concorde G-BOAC. Before the tour, students spent time in the aviation garden. They saw many different aircraft, from huge 747 jumbo jets, to …

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Pupils learn life-saving skills during Restart a Heart day

Year 7 and 8 pupils learned a valuable life skill on Monday during Restart a Heart day. Over 250 pupils were taught how to perform CPR by NHS staff, some of whom were ex-students and many of whom had given up time on their day …

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Y7 rugby team topple unbeaten Cas side

The Year 7 rugby team are celebrating today having beaten Castleford Academy A Team 28-10. The achievement is even more tremendous as the Castleford side have been unbeaten all season. Go Team Airedale! …

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Students celebrate achievement of PiXL Edge awards

Year 8 students today received their PiXL Edge Apprentice awards and badges. They worked hard throughout Year 7, both in and out of school, on a character education programme, which developed their leadership, organisation …

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Y7 attendance league leaders again!

Attendance matters. Y7 students were our winners last week with an attendance of 95%, closely followed by Y8: well done. Come on Y10, you were bottom with an attendance of 89%, you know you can do better than this! You've got …

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Y9 try out wheelchair basketball

Year 9 BTEC Sport students enjoyed a little bit of wheelchair basketball today as part of their 'Exploring disabled sport' unit. It's fair to say they had a *wheely* great time! …

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Pie, Peas and Progression!

Our fantastic Year 11 progression evening took place on Thursday 5th October. The event was a huge success and gave students the opportunity to discuss their post 16 options for education, employment and training. …

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New health and social care career opportunities for Airedale Academy sixth form students

A pilot launched this week is set to widen access to health and social care careers for sixth form students at Airedale Academy in Castleford. Launched by NHS Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), the Wakefield …

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Y7 rugby boys outshine Castleford team

Well done to the Year 7 boys rugby team, who beat Castleford Academy B with a brilliant score of 54-0! A huge congratulations to all involved. …

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Planning for success

Our students have been using their new school planners brilliantly! Please take the time to look through them to see just how many reward stamps they are receiving. Parents/carers: please can you sign your child's …

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Young Firefighters get off to a blazing start

Our Young Firefighters had a busy and interesting morning at Castleford Fire Station. The instructor commented that they were the most well-mannered group he's worked with - wow! Well done to each and every one of you. We …

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Y7 top weekly attendance league!

Our attendance last week was 96.4%, which is an improvement on the same time last year but we still need to get that figure higher. Thank you to all parents and carers in ensuring your children attend school every day; it is …

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Summer enrichment projects

We have already received some fantastic summer project work in from students in various year groups. If you were sent the enrichment project and would like to submit it for display, please pass these to Mrs Reader by the end of …

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First day back at school!

Students had a fantastic first day back at school yesterday! Our new Y7 students looked incredibly smart and had a day of getting organised and getting to know the school. Thank you to all of our parents/carers in ensuring your …

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