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Our one and half form entry Primary School serves the catchment area around the Whitwood and Cutsyke area of Castleford within the Wakefield ‘Five Towns’ district.  We are a good school and pride ourselves on the good quality teaching and learning that is offered to our children.

We are part of the Inspire Partnership Multi Academy Trust and we also work closely with other schools within the Multi Academy Trust. We  endeavour to work closely with our parents and the wider community to ensure our families receive the best support available even before the children start school at 5 as much as we possibly can.

As we are part of a Multi Academy Trust on we have a slightly different staffing structure at the senior leadership level.  Mrs Pickles is our Principal but she also works for the MAT as Deputy CEO for some of the working week.  As she is not at Ackton Pastures every day Miss Coggill, our Head of School, is responsible for the day to day management of Ackton Pastures and works under the direction of Mrs Pickles.

The curriculum is exciting and we make every effort to enable all children to achieve their full potential.  A very strong emphasis is placed on teaching the basic skills of reading, writing and maths.  We then aim to provide lots of different opportunities for children to apply this learning across many areas of the curriculum within some innovative topic themes.  As well as the basic skills the curriculum strongly promotes many other subject areas such as PSHE, Computing, Art, PE, History, Geography and Science.  We also enjoy wider creative pursuits in school by offering regular opportunities to develop cooking skills and a range of exciting workshops.

We have invested a significant amount of time to ensure that each school day offers children a positive experience, both in the classroom and beyond.  There is an act of collective worship every day and a range of extra curricular activities on offer.  At playtime and lunchtimes children have the opportunity to engage in quality play and social activities.  We offer a range of play equipment so that they can shape their own play experiences and we have a group of specially trained peer supporters to help us in the peaceful problem solving process.

In order to enhance our provision and ensure our staff remain at the forefront of innovative practice we have forged a strong partnership with ASPIRE Teaching School.

Please take some time to use our website and find out much more about our school.  If you want to know more please contact either Mrs Pickles or Miss Coggill on 01977 802322 or email

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