The Power of Education

In the heart of Pontefract, a group of nine schools are making waves in the education sector. Pontefract Academies Trust, comprising of seven primary schools and two secondary schools, was… Read more

Yvette Cooper MP visits Larks Hill

Yvette Cooper MP visits Larks Hill to meet Christmas card competition winner Larks Hill Junior and Infant School had a special assembly on Friday 1st December to celebrate Oliver, a… Read more

Burrow Family Scoop Up Awards At Yorkshire Choice Awards

10-year-old Macy, 7-year-old Maya, and 3-year-old Jackson Burrow were amazed and excited when they won the Young Achiever Award at the Yorkshire Choice Awards held at Elland Road. The three… Read more

Two New Mascots In Town

Pupils at Pontefract Academies Trust primary schools have been given an important task this week. They have been given the challenge of naming the brand new mascots from The Prince… Read more

Professional Athletes Deliver Inspirational Assemblies To Pontefract Children

Nicola Minichiello, leading member of the Great Britain Bobsleigh team from 2001-2011 and Rachael Mackenzie, World Thai-Boxing champion visited all six primary schools in Pontefract Academies Trust this week to… Read more

Young Fundraisers Receive Special Mayor Award

Pupils from 6 primary schools in Pontefract, all part of Pontefract Academies Trust, were invited to a special awards ceremony at the Mayor’s office on Thursday to celebrate the incredible… Read more

Local Children Involved In Remembrance Day In Pontefract

Both of our secondary schools were delighted to welcome Mr Brian Berry MA from the Ackworth and Pontefract branch of The Royal British Legion along with other ex-veterans. They gave… Read more

Children In Need 2021

Every year, all eight of our schools find fun ways to raise money for Children in Need. Whether it’s baking, running races, raffles and much more. The Rookeries Junior, Infant… Read more

Pontefract Academies Trust Pledge Support for The Prince of Wales Hospice in Pontefract

Pontefract Academies Trust has announced that for this academic year their eight schools as well as the central office, will be fundraising for The Prince of Wales Hospice in Pontefract.… Read more

Pontefract Academies Trust Raise almost £20,000 In Their Phenomenal Fundraising Efforts

All eight schools who are part of Pontefract Academies Trust have received the totals that they have collectively raised for The Prince of Wales Hospice in Pontefract and Motor Neurone… Read more

Pontefract Academies Trust Staff Felt The Freeze

Staff including teachers, lunchtime supervisors and housekeepers across the eight schools in Pontefract Academies Trust have each endured at least 92 seconds of ice cold water on their feet to… Read more


The King’s School and Carleton High School, both members of Pontefract Academies Trust, are celebrating GCSE success today. Two students from The King’s School achieved an incredible set of results… Read more

Pontefract Academies Trust Phenomenal Fundraising Week

All eight schools who are part of Pontefract Academies Trust have had a busy few days packed full of fundraising activities to raise money for both The Prince of Wales… Read more

The Larks Hill Little Library is Launched to Inspire the Local Community to Love Books

A group of Year 6 pupils at Larks Hill Junior & Infant School, part of Pontefract Academies Trust, who are avid book worms, have worked together with their teacher to… Read more

Pontefract Food Bank Thank Pontefract Schools for their Support

Together the 3,900 pupils and over 300 staff members of Pontefract Academies Trust collected 315kg of food which has been donated to Pontefract Food Bank. The amount collected is enough… Read more

Pontefract Children Win National Writing Competition

Twelve children are following in the footsteps of their favourite authors such as Jacqueline Wilson and David Walliams after being selected out of 10,000 children to have their creative writing… Read more

Pontefract Caped Crusaders will be celebrating Red Nose Day

Wearing red, telling funny jokes and dressing up as their favourite superheroes are just some of the ways that the children at Pontefract Academies Trust schools plan to celebrate Red… Read more

Masked Readers celebrate World Book Day at Pontefract Academies Trust

Teachers, pupils and parents didn’t let lockdown stop them from celebrating this year’s World Book Day as they enjoyed an action packed agenda to enjoy their love of storytelling and… Read more

Pontefract Academies Trust Support Children’s Mental Health Week

Pontefract Academies Trust has been embracing Children’s Mental Health Week and encouraging all their students to find activities that help them feel good about themselves whether that be art, drama,… Read more

Larks Hill Junior & Infant School Brighten up Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield Trust

Primary school children in Pontefract have been hard at work to create bright and uplifting paintings to be displayed in Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield with the aim of bringing a… Read more

Pontefract Primary Schools Light up a Life for The Prince of Wales Hospice

Children from six schools in Pontefract have recorded themselves singing a Christmas song and message to be played as part of The Prince of Wales Hospice in Pontefract, Light up… Read more

Creative Pontefract Children produce 200 Poppies for Remembrance Day

Primary school children from Pontefract Academies Trust have made around 200 poppies to be displayed opposite Valley Gardens in Pontefract Town Centre for all to come and see and mark… Read more

Thousands of Pontefract Kids Took Part in the Cross Country Challenge

Around 3500 children in Pontefract put their best feet forward to take part in the Trust’s first Cross Country Challenge competition.  Each child raced against their individual class mates along… Read more

Full Marks for Pontefract Academies Trust – Top 10% of Education Trusts in the Country and 3 Schools in the Top 10 of all Wakefield Primary Schools

Pontefract Academies Trust has been named in the top 10% of education trusts in the country in the Department for Education Performance Tables for primary schools, published last month. The… Read more

Larks Hill ranked within the Top 10 primary schools in Wakefield

Larks Hill has been ranked the 5th best primary school out of 100 in the Wakefield Local Authority for attainment in reading, writing and maths. To read an article published… Read more

Larks Hill J & I School Celebrates Ofsted GOOD news!

Staff and pupils at Larks Hill J & I School are celebrating the outcomes from their latest visit from Ofsted. The school continues to be ‘Good’ following their last inspection… Read more

Key Stage 2 SATs Success!

The recent publication of the the Key Stage 2 SATs results is proving that the Trust is continuing to transform the quality of education for the young people of the… Read more