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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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