Airedale Academy

Airedale Academy

Principal: Mrs Elizabeth Fairhurst

Tel: 01977 664555

Fax: 01977 664556


Registered in England and Wales, No: 07556117

Airedale Academy is operated by Airedale Academies Trust,
an exempt charity and a company limited by guarantee.

Registered Office: Airedale Academy, Crewe Road, Castleford, West Yorkshire, WF10 3JU

Child Protection: Senior Designated Person - Mrs C Eastwood


Academies are independent, state-funded schools. Old-style academies were an attempt to give a fresh start to underperforming or struggling schools, and were required to have a sponsor. The new converter academies (of which Airedale Academy is one) are schools which inspectors have judged to be good or outstanding and who chose to become an academy because of the freedoms and flexibilities it offers us to do what we think is best for our students.

We receive our funding directly from central government, rather than through the local authority, but we work with Wakefield Council and other schools in the area in order to achieve the best for Airedale’s pupils. We are directly accountable to the Department for Education, have to comply with relevant legislation, and have to meet the same standards for achievement as all other schools, which includes being subject to inspections by Ofsted.

The governing body of Airedale Academy includes parent representatives, representation from the Academy’s staff, members of the local community and other professionals who can bring useful skills to the Governing Body. The Governing Body and Principal have responsibility for managing the Academy and determine the ethos of the school, including having responsibility for deciding on the Academy’s admissions policy. The governors of Airedale Academy have agreed that the school will not select pupils based on ability.

Pre - 16 Admission

As an Academy we are subject to the same admissions codes as other state-funded schools and choose to participate in the Wakefield school admission process. If you wish to apply for a place at our Academy for a child in years 7-11, all admissions are dealt with on our behalf by Wakefield Council – telephone 01924 305617 or visit Wakefield Council’s website for details of the process. The admissions number for Airedale Academy in 2016/17 is 250. In 2017/18 the planned admissions number is 240.

f you would like further information about admission to the Academy, an informal chat or a tour of the school, please contact Mike Leake, Vice Principal, on 01977 664555.

To view the pre-16 admissions policy please click here. Details of the how to appeal against an admission decision can be found here.

Post 16 Admission

For Admission to the Academy’s sixth form, click here.