Background / History

We are one of eight schools within the local, distinctive and inclusive academy schools known as the Pontefract Academies Trust. Our motto is ‘Together – Inspire – Achieve’ and our vision is to achieve aspirational and continuously improving outcomes for learners through structured collaborative working, effective professional development and operational excellence.


We are a fully comprehensive and inclusive school, committed to equal opportunities and the highest aspirations for all. We have a strong community spirit and a family ethos, matched with high expectations of behaviour and academic success.

Teaching and Learning come first with us. The King’s School plays a significant role in providing excellent standards of teacher training, working in partnership with the Wakefield Regional Partnership for Initial Teacher Training (WRPITT), graded Outstanding by Ofsted in 2013. We work tirelessly to create outstanding learning experiences for our students, both in and out of the classroom, for example with our innovative approach to outside learning in our own “Forest School”.

We provide best practice in intervention accredited by the National Mentoring & Befriending Foundation (NMBF) and we are an exemplar school for best practice in Careers Education & Guidance, maintaining the “Investors in Careers” kite-mark for several years. Our students are very successful in their progression pathways Post 16, moving onto Further Education, Training and Apprenticeships and Higher Education with significant success.

Our curriculum is broad, balanced and designed to meet the individual needs of all of our students, equipping them with the skills needed for the 21st century. Our student focussed curriculum provides access to an exciting range of academic, vocational and extra-curricular activities. We offer a wide choice of enrichment activities to challenge, in particular, our most able students including Enterprise & Work-Related Learning activities, university residentials and a wide range of educational visits both at home and abroad.

We are actively involved with the British Council and are accredited as an international school. Our Creative Arts Team offers exciting opportunities in Art, Music and Drama and our success record in sports takes some beating, with student representation at local, national and international levels.

We have a Governing Body which supports and challenges the school to strive for continuous improvement and we value the contribution made by our parents to our home/school partnership.