Crofton Academy

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Crofton Academy
Crofton Academy logo.jpg
Type Academy
Headteacher Mr Walker
Chair of Governors Carole Stevenson
Location High Street
Crofton, Wakefield
West Yorkshire
Coordinates: 53°39′24″N 1°25′48″W / 53.65673°N 1.42987°W / 53.65673; -1.42987
DfE number 384/4029
DfE URN 137001 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Students 1,020
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–18
Former name Crofton High School
Website School homepage

Crofton Academy (formerly Crofton High School) is a mixed secondary school and sixth form in the village of Crofton, West Yorkshire for students aged 11 to 18. Since October 2011, it has been an Academy.


A school has been on this site for the past 200 years, with Richmal Mangnall opening the Crofton School for young ladies, in the Crofton Old Hall, which is now part of the school's complex. The old high school was built in 1964, after the village rapidly expanded and saw a huge housing boom, which saw the demand for a larger school. Many estates such as Manorfields, Meadowfields and Ashdene were built at this time, demanding even more schools. In August 1995 the school suffered a serious fire. It was rebuilt on the same site and reopened on 30 October 1998.[1]

The school today[edit]

Crofton's approximate intake of 1,000 pupils come mainly from Crofton, and its neighbouring villages, Walton, Sharlston, Ryhill, Streethouse and Normanton.

In 2005, assistant headteacher Jez Horsley took over as head, after Mr Myers retired. Unfortunately, after suffering from a five-year battle with cancer, Jez died on 13 October 2015, which left the deputy head Pete Walker in charge.In the summer of 2007 the school received its best ever GCSE results, placing it in the list of top 100 secondary schools in the country.[citation needed]

Collaboration with Wakefield College[edit]

In 2012, Crofton, together with Wakefield College, proposed the building of a sixth form centre. The staff was to be from Wakefield College and Crofton Academy – it was ready for its first students in September 2013.[2]


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