Castleford Academy

Wakefield, United Kingdom

Location: Wakefield, United Kingdom
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age range: 11 - 19 years

About Castleford Academy

About Castleford Academy 

‘Care’ ‘Aspire’ ‘Succeed’ 

Castleford Academy is an exceptional over-subscribed 11-19 school catering for over 1,300 pupils. We offer a broad and balanced curriculum, we are proud of our achievements and firm commitment to providing an excellent education for all. Our expectations are high and this is reflected in our successful academic record. Leaders challenge and support all stakeholders to achieve outstanding outcomes for all pupils across the MAT. We value and develop our staff by attracting and retaining high quality staff, supporting staff to achieve their best and create opportunities for professional growth and development.

For the last two years our progress 8 score has been significantly above national average. In 2017 our progress 8 score was the best ever at +0.64, which demonstrates that we are significantly outperforming other schools nationally and that on average pupils at Castleford Academy achieved almost half a grade higher than expected in their subjects, placing us in the top 8% of schools nationally. Although our headline measures are outstanding, behind this lies the hard work and dedication of all of the students, staff and support from parents, which made these results possible. The staff worked tirelessly with students and the students spent a great deal of time in extra revision sessions where we had the much needed support of our parents. 

The majority of our subjects consistently achieve an ALPS grade of 3 or higher, placing them in the top 25% of schools nationally. 

The Academy received a new 'one day inspection' by Ofsted in June 2018.  The purpose of the inspection was to determine if the academy is continuing to provide a 'good' education.  The inspectors were so pleased with the education the academy provides that they confirmed the 'good' judgment but also recommended that inspectors return to complete a two day (section 5) inspection. This is because inspectors found significant evidence that Castleford Academy may be judged 'Outstanding'.    

Inspectors noted, "The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection. Based on the evidence gathered during this short inspection, I am of the opinion that the school has demonstrated strong practice and marked improvement in specific areas. This may indicate that the school has improved significantly overall. Therefore, I am recommending that the school's next inspection be a section 5 inspection." 

The Academy is well resourced in all areas. On-going maintenance ensures a high quality learning environment for pupils. There is a state of the art Sports Hall & Fitness Suite offering superb facilities for both pupils, staff and the local community. Our in-house catering team provide a vast range of delicious snacks and main meals for staff and pupils.  Plus much much more………. 

We believe in a healthy work-life balance and have many support mechanisms to make sure this is the case.  At the same time we expect all our staff to be fully committed to improving the lives of the children in the Castleford community. 

Castleford Academy is 5 minutes from the M62, has fantastic pupils, staff and modern facilities. 

Interested in working here? 

We welcome the opportunity for visitors to come and have a look around.  If you think this is the sort of school you would like to be part of and would like to visit us to see for yourself, please contact (Kelly Baker, HR Baker) to arrange a suitable time. 

Castleford Academy is committed to the safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. For all positions at Castleford Academy you are required to complete an enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check prior to appointment.

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Address: Ferrybridge Road, Castleford, West Yorkshire, WF10 4JQ, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1977 605060
What people say about us

Both my sons enjoy attending the Academy and talk freely and enthusiastically about their favourite lessons.

- Parent

I am really impressed with the school and feel my child has settled really well and all her needs are met.... She has really come on socially and with school work.

- Parent

Recently moved here and already love it! An amazing school with amazing teachers and pupils.

- Pupil

It is a really good school that I love.

- Pupil

The sixth form, although small, is good and the courses offered meet the needs of the students. Teaching is good and this enables students to reach their individual goals.

- Ofsted, Sept 2012

Students make good progress and have positive working relationships with their peers and adults.

- Ofsted

Students are provided with imaginative, stimulating and challenging activities.

- Ofsted
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