Crofton Academy (formerly Crofton High School) is an 11-16 state secondary school outside Wakefield in West Yorkshire. The school is also an academy.

Crofton Academy
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Coordinates53°39′24″N 1°25′48″W / 53.65673°N 1.42987°W / 53.65673; -1.42987Coordinates: 53°39′24″N 1°25′48″W / 53.65673°N 1.42987°W / 53.65673; -1.42987
Department for Education URN137001 Tables
HeadteacherPeter Walker
Age11 to 18


A school has been on this site for the past 200 years, with Richmal Mangnall opening the Crofton School for young ladies, in the Crofton Old Hall, which is now part of the school's complex. The old high school was built in 1964, after the village rapidly expanded and saw a huge housing boom, which saw the demand for a larger school. Many estates such as Manorfields, Meadowfields and Ashdene were built at this time, demanding even more schools. In August 1995, the school suffered a serious fire. It was rebuilt on the same site and reopened on 30 October 1998.[1]

The school todayEdit

Crofton's approximate intake of 1,000 pupils come mainly from Crofton, and its neighbouring villages, Walton, Sharlston, Ryhill, Streethouse and Normanton.

In May 2017 the school dropped sharply in its latest Ofsted grade as it dropped from "Outstanding" to "Requires Improvement" under new Ofsted guidelines.[2]

Collaboration with Wakefield CollegeEdit

In 2012, Crofton, together with Wakefield College, proposed the building of a sixth form centre. The staff was to be from Wakefield College and Crofton Academy – it was ready for its first students in September 2013.[3]


  1. ^ "History of the School" (PDF). School website.
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  3. ^ "Wakefield: New £1m sixth form college is planned". Yorkshire Evening Post. 8 October 2012.

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