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A warm welcome to Yewlands Academy, a member of the outstanding Wakefield City Academies Trust.  I am proud and privileged to be Principal of this academy.  We enjoy lovely grounds, a state-of-the-art building, highly qualified and committed teachers and enthusiastic students .  Our high expectations for our students is matched by the support and resources necessary for them to achieve those aspirations.  Parents are valued partners in our work and are welcome to visit school by appointment, usually available on the same day. 

Susan Cousin

Click here for Mrs Cousin’s statement.

Congratulations to our Executive Headteacher, Alan Yellup on the award of an OBE for services to education.  Click here for Mr Yellup’s track record for school improvement.​

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​Attendance​ - w/c 15 September 2014

Congratulations to 7BB, who won tutor group of the week for gaining 100% attendance. Congratulations also go to 7BB who were the Key Stage 3 tutor group of the week with 100% attendance.

Whole school attendance for this year now stands at 94.43%

​Attendance​ - w/c 22 September 2014

Congratulations to 7BG, who won tutor group of the week for gaining 100% attendance. Congratulations also go to 7BG who were the Key Stage 3 tutor group of the week with 100% attendance.

Whole school attendance for this year now stands at 93.94%

Thank you for your support at last week's Settling-In Evening and GCSE Information Evening.  Both evenings attracted a good turn-out.


Please find below the schedule of events for your diary:


Tuesday 30 September 2014                Year 11 Parents' Evening from 4.00 – 7.00 pm

Tuesday 14 October 2014                     Year 5/6 Open Evening from 6.00 – 8.00 pm

Thursday 16 October 2014                    Year 11 Post-16 Evening from 4.30 – 6.30 pm

Tuesday 21 October 2014                     Year 9 Parents' Evening from 4.00 – 7.00 pm

Wednesday 22 October 2014             Year 10 Work Experience Briefing 6.00 – 7.00 pm

Thursday 13 November 2014              Key Stage 4 Celebration Evening time tbc

Tuesday 25 November 2014                Year 10 Parents' Evening from  4.00 – 7.00 pm

Tuesday 9 December 2014                    Year 8 Parents' Evening from 4.00 – 7.00 pm

Tuesday 13 January 2015                      Year 7 Parents Evening from 4.00 – 7.00 pm

Monday 9 February 2015                      Year 9 Options Evening time tbc

Tuesday 10 March 2015                          Year 9 Parents' Evening from 4.00 – 6.00 pm

Tuesday 19 May 2015                             Year 10 Parents' Evening from 4.00 – 7.00 pm

Tuesday 9 June 2015                              Year 7 Parents' Evening from 4.00 – 7.00 pm

Tuesday 23 June 2015                             Year 8 Parents' Evening from 4.00 – 7.00 pm

Thursday 9 July 2015                              Key Stage 3 Celebration Afternoon time tbc

Summer School


Over the holidays, some of our gifted and talented students in Year 6 met to take part in the STEM Summer School. Students were selected from our feeder schools: Grenoside Primary School, Foxhill, Monteney and Parson Cross Primary School. They were tasked with the challenge of designing then creating a new theme park. Their engineering skills were put to the test, as students worked together to build working rides. Students also learnt how to build their parks and facilities in the workshops, developing their wood work skills correctly and safely. The Year 6s developed their ICT skills as they created promotional marketing material, including flyers, business cards, even websites! All week, students demonstrated their creativity, their ability to overcome challenges and problem solve, as well as their maturity as they developed their teamwork skills, working with new students from other primary schools. The week ended in a presentation in front of students, staff, parents and visitors, where students confidently and clearly presented their ideas about their theme park. We then travelled to Lightwater Valley to see a real theme park in action! Everyone had lots of fun all week and made lots of new friends!


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Enterprise Project – Year 9


Our Year 9 ICT students are taking part in an Enterprise project, giving them a taste of Business Studies (a new course running at KS4) and developing their ICT skills as they cost their business, creating forecasting models, creating effective presentations for their 'Dragons Den' style pitch and various professional marketing materials. The students work in teams to develop a valid and realistic idea that could be turned into a business, in order to make a profit. The project aims to develop the students' entrepreneurial skills, demonstrating creativity, problem solving, team work and leadership skills.

This year, students will use their business plans to compete in the  'Tycoon in Schools' national enterprise competition, which aims to encourage England's budding entrepreneurs and enterprising young people to get involved in business by giving winning students a start-up loan of up to £1000, from real 'Dragon' Peter Jones CBE, to run a business whilst at school. By taking part in the initiative, we are helping to stimulate a more enterprising culture within our school that will have a lasting impact on our students.


The projects allow students to start and run a business whilst at school, allowing them to gain valuable hands-on experience of what is involved with running a business. Students will be given the opportunity to book a stall at the Yewlands' Christmas Fayre, where they will have real life practical experience of selling their products to the public!




We all understand how daunting it can be moving up to secondary school, which is why at Yewlands we aim to make the transition process as smooth as possible. During the first week of the summer holidays all of our new Year 7 students were invited to Bakewell with their new form groups to enable them to get to know each other and to make new friends and that we certainly did!

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The weather was kind to us, meaning the days were spent in the park, playing cricket and football, hula hooping and even having a karaoke style sing off in the sunshine! Bakewell puddings were eaten in abundance and the students enjoyed exploring the local market and village souvenir shops.

Everyone got on well over the course of the week and it was impressive to see a year group so keen to get involved with activities and make an effort to get to know their new peer group. We are really looking forward to working with you all this year.

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Mon 27 OctFri 31 OctHalf Term Holiday
Fri 19 DecFri 19 DecTraining Day
Mon 22 DecFri 2 JanChristmas Holiday
Thu 25 DecThu 25 DecChristmas Day (Bank Holiday)
Fri 26 DecFri 26 DecBoxing Day (Bank Holiday)
Thu 1 JanThu 1 JanNew Year's Day (Bank Holiday)
Mon 16 FebFri 20 FebHalf Term holiday
Mon 30 MarFri 10 AprEaster Holiday
Fri 3 AprFri 3 AprGood Friday (Bank Holiday)
Mon 6 AprMon 6 AprEaster Monday (Bank Holiday)

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