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contact us OFSTED Aims of the School

VALUES: the diverse needs of everyone are recognised and supported to promote equal opportunities to create an inclusive school.

PLEDGE: to foster a caring and safe environment built on mutual respect and clear expectations, where success is promoted and celebrated.

OPPORTUNITIES: to offer broad, relevant and flexible opportunities that provide enjoyable and challenging experiences which maximise the life chances of all.

STAFF: to nurture all staff through secure, supportive, continuous professional development.  Care for staff extends to their wellbeing, ensuring their professional duties are effectively met.

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT: to provide a stimulating environment encompassing new technologies which reflect the changing needs of the local and wider communities.  In respect learners will be recognised as flexible and adaptable in the face of challenge and change.

LEARNING ACHIEVEMENT: the learner experience will enable the development of responsible, tolerant citizens encouraging ownership of their communities.  In depth, reflective learners will flourish through opportunities to engage in creative exploration.  Our learners will be confident and resilient enough to drive for success.

PARTNERSHIP: to initiate, promote and enhance a positive and lasting partnership between school, its stakeholders and the wider community.

Mission Statement

At Crofton Academy every individual will be cared for, uprooted and challenged to maximise their potential in order to create a feeling of self worth and ambition.  This aspirational journey will allow each member of our community to develop individually within an ethos of respect, enjoyment, sense of belonging and provide a foundation for life long learning

In August 2011 Crofton High School, Specialist in Maths and Computing changed status to become Crofton Academy, retaining the Maths and Computing Specialism.  The Academy is a co-educational comprehensive school.  In partnership with Wakefield College, the school is also home to a purpose-built Sixth Form Centre .


The Academy produces various policies and guidance which are reviewed on a regular basis and approved by the Governing Body.  Policies are available in PDF format by clicking the link below left, however you can request a copy by writing to us at the Academy address or emailing:

HiStory of the school

CROFTON ACADEMY, previously Crofton High School, has been a focal part of Crofton Village for nearly half a century.  After a ten year period in 'temporary' accommodation in Old Hall the new secondary school was built on the site in 1963/64.  At that time there were 378 pupils and 17 teaching staff.  The new buildings were hailed as a major advance in the educational facilities in the area - not surprising since they had cost over £250,000!

In September 1974, after local reorganisation, the school became Crofton High School.  Now with over 700 pupils on roll and a teaching staff in excess of 40.  Throughout the second half of the late 1970's the numbers continued to rise and by 1980 over 1,000 pupils attended the school.  

To meet the increased numbers, new buildings were added: in 1974, Mangnall Block; in 1979, Waterton Block; and in 1984, Harrison Block.  All made their appearance extending the facilities available to pupils.  Throughout the late 1980's and early 1990's the school roll fluctuated with a clear and sustained resurgence in 1993 when an annual intake of about 200 become an established norm.

Sadly, in August 1995 the main school building which had stood since 1963, was razed to the ground by a major fire.  Although the outlying buildings were saved the fire left the school community facing almost three years in temporary accommodation.  Crofton Old Hall was again pressed  into service and twenty one mobile classrooms were constructed on site.  It is worth mentioning that although there were only four weeks between the fire and term starting the following September, not a day of pupil learning was lost.  Subsequent re-building and modernisation followed and today the school has state of the art, purpose built facilities for all areas.  The most recent major changes have been addition of a fourth ICT suite in Old Hall, and the refurbishment of Mangnall, the Technology Block.  

The old Triton logo was replaced with the launch of the new Academy.  Triton was first introduced in the 1960's.  At that time the three main feeder schools for the High School were based in the three villages of Crofton, Sharlston and Walton, hence the three ‘tons' or 'Triton'.  The Arc has replaced Triton as we now arc/bridge across a much wider community taking pupils from across the Wakefield District.  We feel as we move forward this is a much more fitting symbol of what the Academy is about.