Airedale Academy

Airedale Academy

Principal: Mrs Elizabeth Fairhurst

Tel: 01977 664555

Fax: 01977 664556


Airedale Academy is operated by Airedale Academies Trust, an exempt charity and
a company limited by guarantee. Registered in England and Wales, No: 07556117

Registered Office: Airedale Academy, Crewe Road, Castleford, West Yorkshire, WF10 3JU Tel: 01977 664555

Child Protection: Senior Designated Person - Mrs C Eastwood

Our Achievements

Airedale Academy is committed to ensuring that all our students leave with the necessary grades and skills to go on to either post-16 education, an apprenticeship scheme or full time employment. We are fortunate at Airedale Academy to have a wealth of talented and dedicated staff who work tirelessly every year to help all our students achieve their full potential.

Airedale Academy was judged as ‘good’ by Ofsted in its most recent inspection which took place during the period (12-13 November 2013). According to Ofsted, “There are many examples of good and outstanding teaching in the academy”; “Students feel safe, are very welcoming, polite and courteous to visitors”; and “Governors are not only passionate about making sure students experience quality teaching and make good progress but also that they are looked after and develop as responsible young individuals”. Ofsted also noted that “There is some outstanding leadership practice within the academy…Leaders’ expertise is used to improve teaching and achievement for students in the academy and in its partner primary schools.”

Each year our goal at Airedale Academy is to strive to achieve the best examination results in the Wakefield area and to ensure that the needs of all our students are met. This year 46% of students achieved A*-C grades in both English and Maths. However, a more accurate measure of how well these students did is the new Progress8 measure. This measures how much better a student has done than would be expected, based on the grades they achieved at the end of primary school. A positive score means pupils overall have done better than would be expected; a negative score means pupils have not done as well as they should. The minimum level schools must achieve is -0.5; schools which score +1 are exempt from Ofsted inspection. The group of students at Airedale who sat their GCSE exams in 2016 entered the school with very low attainment at Key Stage 2, but achieved a Progress8 score of 0.39, which we believe is a tremendous achievement and testament to the hard work of students and staff.

At post-16, 100% of students passed the qualification they were entered for. Over 70% of students achieved at least their target grade. The average point score was 246, which compares with last year’s national figure of 219.5 (national figures for 2016 are not yet available). 71% of Y13 leavers are going onto higher education or a private theatre school. Two have received full scholarships for theatre school, with the rest on partial scholarships, and two students secured places at Russell Group universities.

Please also use the links to the right to view our DFE performance tables and latest Ofsted reports.

Ofsted Report DfE Tables



A*-C in English & Maths








Key Stage 4 results 2016



Students passing their qualification


Students making progress from KS4


APS per vocational entry


APS per vocational entry (grade)

Distinction* -

Students progressing one or more grades from KS4 (English)


Students achieving A*-C (English)


Students progressing one or more grades from KS4 (Maths)


Students achieving A*-C (Maths)


Retention (over two-year course)


Students progressing on to higher education, employment or training


Key Stage 5 results 2016