Castleford Academy

Headteachers Welcome

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Wesley Bush

It is my pleasure to welcome you to our website for Castleford Academy.  I hope that as you look through our website it gives you a flavour of the work we do. Castleford Academy is an outstanding, high achieving and successful Academy. We are extremely proud of the Academy and the high quality of education we provide. We have high expectations and insist on high standards for all students. Students are taught to have an excellent attitude to learning and to behave in a way which shows respect to themselves and others. ​

The core values of our Academy’s ethos are Care, Aspire, Succeed:

Care – At Castleford Academy, we have high expectations of pupil’s behaviour.  We expect that our pupil’s grow to respect themselves and others, to look for the good in others and to be honest and trustworthy.   We believe that this is essential throughout the school, allowing our focus to be solely on learning and progress. We want to make sure that your child is a happy, confident individual who feels valued so that they can make a positive contribution during their time at secondary school.  Your child will face their most significant physical, mental and social changes of their lives during their time with us.  Our pastoral programme is designed to support pupils and their families with these changes. The core values of our Academy’s ethos are Care, Aspire, Succeed:

Aspire – in a changing world, we have to prepare our pupils to achieve great things and compete locally, regionally, nationally or internationally for the future.  Our curriculum is designed to give pupils the best exposure to learning opportunities both in and outside of school.  As a school, your child will be challenged on an “I can’t do it” attitude to encourage a change in mind-set whereby, they learn to think “I cannot do it yet!”  This mind-set will equip pupils well for the challenges they will face in the future by building confidence and raising aspirations.

Succeed – here at the Academy, we work hard to unlock potential and develop talent at all levels of ability to ensure that everyone does their best, and that no child is left behind.  The curriculum ensures that every pupil leaves with excellent levels of literacy and numeracy, essential for everyday life.  We look to find and develop other talents including sporting, artistic, musical, dramatic and technological talents.  We have state of the art facilities to help to achieve fantastic opportunities.

In October 2019, the Academy was judged outstanding across all aspects of the Ofsted framework. During the inspection, inspectors judged the quality of education, behaviour and attitudes, personal development, leadership and management and sixth form provision.  All areas received an outstanding judgement, leading to an overall effectiveness judgement of outstanding. We are delighted that Ofsted have agreed with our assessment of Castleford Academy and its sixth form, confirming that our hard work and high expectations have resulted in exceptional academic outcomes, whilst maintaining a nurturing and highly supportive environment where the well-being of both pupils and staff are a priority.​

At Castleford Academy, we recognise the pivotal role that our parents and carers play in helping our young people achieve their full potential during their education. Therefore, we will always seek to work in close partnership with you to support your child during their time with us and help to create a school friendly home.

Please feel free to contact us if you would like to visit the Academy. We look forward to meeting you!​