Airedale Academy

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Airedale Academy
Principal Elizabeth Fairhurst
Chair of Board of Governors Mike Dixon
Location Crewe Road
West Yorkshire
WF10 3JU
53°43′16″N 1°18′44″W / 53.72124°N 1.31219°W / 53.72124; -1.31219Coordinates: 53°43′16″N 1°18′44″W / 53.72124°N 1.31219°W / 53.72124; -1.31219
Local authority City of Wakefield
DfE URN 136613 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 971 (2010) [1]
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–16 (18 for Sixth Form)
Houses Falcon, Hawk, Kestrel, Eagle
Colours Gold, Black & White
Website Airedale Academy

Airedale Academy (formerly Airedale High School) is a secondary school and sixth form on Crewe Road in a suburb of Castleford in West Yorkshire, England.


It teaches children from 11–16. It was recently given the status of Arts College for its performing arts.


In February 1995, the school suffered its first arson attack, in which a large teaching block was lost.

In June 2003, arsonists burnt down part of the lower school, causing £1 million of damage. The refurbishment after the fire was officially opened in September 2005.

Arsonists set the school alight again on 17 January 2006. Around 100 firefighters attended the blaze. It destroyed three drama studios and the upper school's main hall. A new state of the art Drama department and theatre (Castleford Phoenix Theatre) was officially opened in October 2008.

In the academic year 2011-12, Airedale Academy took its first cohort of sixth form students in at AS Level

In late 2011, Principal, Paul Frazer, left and, Michaela Blackledge took his place.

In early 2016, Principal, Micheala Blackledge, left and, ELizabeth Fairhurst took her place.

Academic performance[edit]

In 2008 the school received a rating of Grade 2 (Good) from Ofsted.[2]

Castleford Phoenix Theatre[edit]

The Castleford Phoenix Theatre (at Airedale Academy), is West Yorkshire's latest Performing Art's, conference and education centre.

Academy status[edit]

The school has been granted academy status and converted on 1 April 2011.[3]

Sixth Form[edit]

In the academic year 2011-12, Airedale Academy opened a satellite sixth form of Ossett Academy. The five main study areas are, Business Studies, English Literature, Performing Arts, ICT, and Health & Social Care.


  1. ^ "EduBase2". Department for Education. Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  2. ^ Ofsted report 2008
  3. ^ "Academies". Wakefield Council. Archived from the original on 5 April 2013. Retrieved 3 October 2011. 

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