Castleford Academy (previously Castleford High School Technology and Sports College, more commonly known as just Castleford High School or Cas High, is a secondary school in Castleford, West Yorkshire, England for children aged 11–16.
The school in 2010
|Local authority||City of Wakefield|
|Department for Education URN||108273 Tables|
|Headteacher||Mr George Panayiotou|
|Age||11 to 16|
|Colour(s)||Black, Yellow, Grey|
It opened in 1906 as Castleford Secondary School, a grammar school for both sexes. It aimed to teach girls with male staff and boys with female staff, which was not common for that time. It joined with a secondary modern school in 1970 to become a comprehensive school. School uniform was abolished at the same time. From 1989, a partnership was developed with Hickson & Welch, a local chemical company and school uniform was re-introduced and the school became a Technology College. From 1995, a new drama theatre was built.
As of September 2007 it officially became known as Castleford High School Technology and Sports College due to success of the rugby, football and netball teams netting them a Sports College classification.
The school's boys and girls rugby league teams have been a dominant force in the Champion Schools competition; in 2009 the school fielded 6 teams in the national finals for the third year in succession.
On 1 April 2011, the school became Castleford Academy, a registered charity under the Academies Act 2010, a move that allows the school to set its own curriculum.
It is for ages 11 to 16. It is just off the A656 on Ferrybridge Road and just east of the town centre next to Queen's Park.
It also has a sixth form for 16 to 18 year olds.
The school gets reasonable results at GCSE for West Yorkshire, well above the England average. There is the sixth form college on site, also NEW College is located nearby, and Castleford Academy now offer a Sports A level. In the sixth form college they offer 3 BTEC Extended Diplomas (at Level 3) in:
Performance and Excellence (sport), Health and Social Care and Public Services (uniformed).
The school has suffered from one incident of arson, with a fire on 4 January 2007 started by three teenagers. It was put out by ten fire engines. It completely gutted the sports hall.
- Bombardier Craig Hopson, of the 40th Regiment Royal Artillery, killed in Afghanistan on 25 July 2009 whilst travelling in a Jackal (MWMIK)
- Tim Bresnan, English and Yorkshire Cricket player from 1995–2001
Colson Smith (actor)
Castleford Grammar School
- Nigel Beard, Labour MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford from 1997–2005
- J.L. Carr, school teacher, novelist and publisher, from about 1925-1930
- John Durham, Ambassador to Mongolia from 1997–99
- Henry Moore OM CH, sculptor
- Alan Rhodes, rugby league footballer who played in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, and coached in the 1980s
- Denzil Webster, cricketer of the 1940s through to the 1970s, and rugby union, and professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1950s
- "The futures bright the futures CAS!!". Rugby Football League. Retrieved 6 September 2009.