St Wilfrid's Catholic High School, North Featherstone

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St Wilfrid's Catholic High School
St Wilfrid's Catholic High School - Cutsyke Road - - 1194359.jpg
Motto Fidem Servavi ("I have kept the faith")
Established 1963
Type Academy
Religion Roman Catholic
Headteachers Helen Gilroy (Acting)
Chair of Governors Mrs B Sice [1]
Location Cutsyke Road
West Yorkshire
Coordinates: 53°41′48″N 1°21′47″W / 53.69670°N 1.36317°W / 53.69670; -1.36317
Local authority City of Wakefield
DfE URN 138951 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 2,567[2]
Ages 11–18
Houses Briant, Clitherow, Fisher, Gwynn, Howard, Kirby, More, Newman, Postgate and Ward
Colours Blue & Gold          

St Wilfrid's Catholic High School and is a mixed secondary school and sixth form with academy status located in Featherstone, West Yorkshire, England. It also has dual Language and Vocational specialisms.


In 1998, St Wilfrid's became a Language College[3] which offers six languages including French, Spanish, German, Russian, Italian and Japanese. In 2003 the school had both an OfSTED and Religious Education inspection which identified St.Wilfrid’s as “a very good school, with many excellent features”.[4] St. Wilfrid's was awarded a second specialism as a Vocational specialist college which came into effect in September 2006. 14–19 courses on offer to pupils include: Health & Social care, Travel and Tourism, Performing Arts (Dance, Singing and Drama), IT for Practitioners, NVQ in European languages, NVQ Hairdressing, CISCO IT networking and Construction. It has its own swimming pool.

The April 2007 inspection by OfSTED recognised the school as "Good with Outstanding features".[5] The subsequent Religious Education inspection awarded an "Outstanding" judgement.[citation needed] The school has launched a theatrical production every year for approximately 20 years; the plays and musicals always draw in audiences of local families and the parents of students. The most recent of these productions was Footloose in February 2013. Also the school has undergone renovations quite recently,[when?] expanding its grounds to include the new 'Newlands' building and two new tennis courts. Newlands has been used for maths, technology and language lessons for all year groups.

The school became an academy in November 2012.


St. Wilfrids has several national awards including the Schools Curriculum Award, Sportsmark Award, the School Achievement Award given in 2002 and 2003 for outstanding improvements in GCSE results. The Arts Council Artsmark Silver award, the British Council International School Award for outstanding global links, the Ramseys Award given to the school with the best global video-conferencing facilities and programme, as well as the Investors in People Award recognising excellence in training and development for all teaching and non-teaching staff have also been earned.[2] In February 2007 the school was awarded the Arts Council Artsmark Gold award.


In 2006 the school was awarded a second specialism as a Vocational College. Vocational specialism means that the school offers a distinctive range of courses that provide opportunities for students to gain qualifications. All vocational courses follow a curriculum developed by exam boards with the help of employers. Wherever possible, links to the world of employment are emphasised; this may be visiting speakers, work placements, visits or real work. This means that in most cases students will be occupationally competent to carry out a job in their chosen career.

AS/A2 Available courses [6][edit]

  • Art and Design
  • Biology
  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Creative Writing
  • Drama and Theatre Studies
  • Economics
  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Food Technology
  • French
  • Further Mathematics
  • Games Design
  • Geography
  • German
  • Government and Politics
  • Graphics
  • History
  • ICT
  • Law
  • Mathematics
  • Media Studies
  • Music
  • Music Technology
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Photography
  • Product Design
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Sociology
  • Spanish

Language curriculum[edit]

The ethos of a language college is widespread throughout school. The curriculum includes 6 Languages; French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese and Russian all of which are taught at key stage 3 as first and second languages. In key stage 4 the department offers 5 Languages at GCSE level. 10 GCSE courses are taught via after school twilight classes, allowing for increased numbers of dual and triple linguists in Years 9–11. NVQ level 1 language units qualification was introduced into the teaching of the department in September 2005. This has proven to be a success in both raising standards and motivating students to relate the learning of a language to a useful, practical and tangible work related environment. NVQ Level 2 qualifications were introduced in September 2006 and the school aims to extend its provision and training in NVQ in future years as it develops its vocational status. At AS & A2 level, French, German, Spanish and Italian are taught. In addition to the GCSE and A’ Level courses delivered, the Modern Foreign Languages department also run Asset Languages courses as an introduction to a new language. The languages offered include: Italian, Japanese, Dutch, Russian, Polish and Swedish.


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  2. ^ a b "St Wilfrid's Catholic High School, Sixth Form and Language College". Retrieved 2010-05-22. 
  3. ^ "Specialist Schools Home". DfES. July 2006. Retrieved 2006-08-02. 
  4. ^ "2003 Ofsted Report" (PDF). Ofsted. March–April 2003. Retrieved 2007-06-24. [dead link]
  5. ^ "2007 Ofsted Report". Ofsted. May 2007. Retrieved 2007-06-24. [dead link]
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