Our Academies

Halfpenny Lane
J, I & N School

Orchard Head
J, I & N School

De Lacy
Primary School

The King's
School

Carleton Park
J & I School

Larks Hill
J & I School

The Rookeries
J, I & N School

Carleton
High School

320

Teachers

8

Schools

3700

Students

Core Values

At Pontefract Academies Trust, we live by our Core Values and Guiding Principles.
They inform and guide our daily work from the classroom to the central team.

ACHIEVEMENT WITHOUT EXCUSES

  • We have an unwavering focus on achievement. This is paramount so that all our children and young people enjoy greater life chances.
  • We take responsibility for ensuring that they succeed. We own our own performance and do not rest on our laurels or seek to blame others.

OUR PEOPLE MATTER

  • We know that our people make a difference to the lives of our 3-16-year-olds. We want to make our academies places where great teachers want to teach, lead and build a career. Investment in the recruitment, development and retention of the best people is a top priority.
  • We aim to provide professional work environments where our people have the support and tools to do a great job and push our children and young people to scale new heights in a safe and secure environment.

EXCELLENCE AS STANDARD

  • We set high standards. “Good enough” is simply not. We do not accept second best from our pupils or ourselves.
  • The Trust aims to be a highly reliable school improvement organisation that is disciplined in its approach to improving performance. A Trust with clear plans and, simple and precisely executed systems that not only develop and sustain excellent performance, but never stifle individual flair.

STUDENTS COME FIRST

  • Our academies are run for the benefit of children and young people, not the ease of adults. Their achievement comes first and staff in academies and the central Trust office work to this end.
  • The Trust aims to keep low priority tasks away from front line teachers and leaders so that they can focus explicitly on our core business of teaching and learning.

“STRONGER AS ONE”

  • We take collective responsibility for each other and the results of all our children and young people. We enjoy sharing our success as a Trust while recognising the strengths of individuals and each academy. To this end collective accountability is rooted in a “if one fails we all fail” mentality.
  • As a family of academies we collaborate with each other, challenge each other and share best practice. We do not let competition get in the way of our desire to get the best outcomes for all.

Latest News

Latest News
26 March 2019

Halfpenny Lane J, I & N School rated “Good” by Ofsted

Staff and pupils at Halfpenny Lane Junior, Infant & Nursery School are celebrating after an Ofsted inspection saw them receive a ‘good’ rating. Inspectors spent two days at Halfpenny Lane J, I & N School observing lessons, talking with staff and students and seeking the viewpoints of parents. The school, which is part of the…

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11 March 2019

Orchard Head J, I and N School rated “Good” by Ofsted

Orchard Head Junior, Infant and Nursery School has announced that a recent Ofsted inspection has…

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2 January 2019

Carleton High School OFSTED Monitoring Visit

On 20 and 21 November 2018, Phil Smith and Mary Lanovy-Taylor (HMI Inspectors) completed an…

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11 September 2018

Pontefract Academies Trust appoints two new senior leaders

Pontefract Academies Trust has appointed two senior leaders to drive improvement across all eight of…

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