Castleford Academy

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Castleford Academy
Established 1906/1973
Headteacher Mr George Panayiotou
Specialism Technology, Sports
Location Ferrybridge Road
Castleford
West Yorkshire
WF10 4JQ
England Coordinates: 53°43′32″N 1°20′38″W / 53.72550°N 1.34384°W / 53.72550; -1.34384
Local authority City of Wakefield
DfE URN 108273 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 1237
Ages 11–16
Website Official Website

Castleford Academy (previously Castleford High School Technology and Sports College, more commonly known as just Castleford High School, Cas High, or CHS) is a high school in Castleford, West Yorkshire, England for children aged 11–16.

History[edit]

It opened in 1906 as Castleford Secondary School, a grammar school for both sexes. It aimed to teach girls with male staff and boys with female staff, which was not common for that time. It joined with a secondary modern school in 1973 to become a comprehensive school. School uniform was abolished at the same time. From 1989, a partnership was developed with Hickson and Welch, a local chemical company and school uniform was re-introduced and the school became a Technology College. From 1995, a new drama theatre was built.

As of September 2007 it officially became known as Castleford High School Technology and Sports College due to success of the rugby, football and netball teams netting them a Sports College classification.

The school's boys and girls rugby league teams have been a dominant force in the Champion Schools competition; in 2009 the school fielded 6 teams in the national finals for the third year in succession.[1]

On 1 April 2011, the school became Castleford Academy, a move that allows the school to set its own curriculum.

Admissions[edit]

It is for ages 11 to 16. It is just off the A656 on Ferrybridge Road and just east of the town centre next to Queen's Park.

Academic performance[edit]

The school gets reasonable results at GCSE for West Yorkshire, well above the England average. There is no sixth form college in Castleford, although NEW College is located nearby, and Castleford Academy now offer a Sports A level.

Arson[edit]

The school has suffered from one incident of arson, with a fire on 4 January 2007 started by three teenagers. It was put out by ten fire engines. It completely gutted the sports hall.

Alumni[edit]

Castleford Grammar School[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The futures bright the futures CAS!!". Rugby Football League. Retrieved 2009-09-06. 

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