Big changes for Wakefield secondary school as it joins multi-academy trust

A Wakefield secondary school has joined a multi-academy trust, marking big changes in the way it will be run.

Friday, 15th May 2020, 2:01 pm

Crofton Academy is now part of the Castleford Academy Trust, having joined on May 1.

School leaders say the move will allow learning resources to be shared and deliver new opportunities for pupils.

Crofton is the fifth academy to join the partnership, alongside Castleford Academy itself and three local primary schools.

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Crofton Academy headteacher Peter Walker said he was “delighted by the development”.

He said: “We are very excited for the up and coming opportunities to benefit the pupils at Crofton Academy.

“We are looking forward to working together as a partnership by sharing our practices and resources to help deliver the very best education for the communities we serve.”

George Panayiotou, chief executive of Castleford Academy Trust said: “It is an honour and a privilege for me to welcome Crofton Academy to Castleford Academy Trust.

“This is an exciting development for both the trust and Crofton Academy.

“By working together, we will be able to build on the hard work, enthusiasm and creativity that have already taken place to create a strong, successful partnership for the benefit of pupils now and in the future.”

All schools remain closed because of the coronavirus pandemic and are not scheduled to reopen to any pupils until next month.

The trust is made up Castleford Academy, Castleford Park Junior Academy, Glasshoughton Infant Academy, and Three Lane Ends Academy, as well as Crofton Academy.

Castleford Academy Trust said it wants to share information as part of the changes.

School leaders said the partnership would allow the sharing of “knowledge, expertise, systems and resources” and would improve standards as a result.

The trust said it was “committed” to working with Crofton Academy staff, governors, pupils and their families to “provide the best outcomes for children within the community”.

Crofton Academy currently has 1,004 pupils between the ages of 11 and 16 in it care, according to Ofsted.