Our Academies

Halfpenny Lane
J, I & N School

Orchard Head
J, I & N School

De Lacy
Primary School

The King's

Carleton Park
J & I School

Larks Hill
J & I School

The Rookeries
J, I & N School

High School







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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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
11 October 2019

Carleton Park J & I School and Carleton High School both graded as ‘Good’ schools by Ofsted

Carleton Park Junior & Infant School and Pontefract Academies Trust has been awarded the highest “outstanding” grade for leadership and management by Ofsted – making it one of the most improved Trusts in the region. Carleton Park Junior & Infant School was also given the highest “outstanding grade” for the behaviour and personal development of…

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23 August 2019

Record breaking GCSE results for Pontefract Academies Trust secondary schools!

It’s been a fantastic year for both CARLETON HIGH SCHOOL and THE KING’S SCHOOL GCSE…

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25 July 2019

Larks Hill J & I School Celebrates Ofsted GOOD news!

Staff and pupils at Larks Hill J & I School are celebrating the outcomes from…

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25 July 2019

Key Stage 2 SATs Success!

The recent publication of the the Key Stage 2 SATs results is proving that the…

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