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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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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.


Summer School


Working alongside a company called Engaging Education we ran a week long summer school for a group of new Year 7 students.  The students had a fun filled week, developing and using their numeracy and literacy skills to write magazine articles, design their own board games and cartoon strips and to even make their own movie trailers!

The students worked incredibly hard all week, working as a team to meet deadlines, taking on the roles of creative designers, film crew, directors, actors and actresses, animators and script writers to  produce finished products of an outstanding standard. This week gave the students a real boost with their numeracy and literacy skills and they were all keen to come back in September and put their new learning into practice.

Key Stage 4 Information Evening.


On Monday 15 September, we are holding a Key Stage 4 Information Evening for the parents and carers of our students in years 10 and 11. The evening will run from 4.00 p.m. to 7.00pm and will provide opportunities to gather the information necessary to ensure our students are successful in their Key Stage 4 courses. There will be displays from all departments and staff on hand to answer questions about the courses being taught, including course requirements, revision guides and previous results. A contact list for key staff will also be included

Students' Artwork in Online Gallery​


We are pleased to announce that a number of our KS4 students have had their work displayed in the Artonia Online Gallery.  Using the link below parents can access the numerous online exhibitions and use the search facility to find their own child's contribution.

Artonia Online Gallery 

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Students were welcomed back to school after the summer break ready to learn and looking very smart in their new school uniform, which they are wewebsite2 orig.jpgaring with pride.  Thank you to parents and carers for supporting our new uniform.  Our new year 7 students have had a seamless website 3.jpgtransition and are settling in well.  There will be an opportunity for year 7 parents to meet their child's tutor on Tuesday 16 September from 3:30 – 6:30 pm at the Settling-in Evening.  Further details will follow shortly. 

An important GCSE Information Evening has been arranged for year 10 and 11 parents.  This will take place on Monday 15 September from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm.  Further details will follow shortly. 

Exam Results

​Yewlands Academy is celebrating its best ever GCSE results, which are up 15% on last year's.  5A*-C including English and Maths are 51%:  English achieved 67%, 5% above the national average.  Our total number of entries graded at A*/A is almost double that of last year. 

7% of our students gained 5 or more A*/A; 21% gained 5 or more A*- B and 53% gained 5 or more A*- C.  5A*- C including English, maths and science has increased by 12% and with two sciences by 14%.  Three levels progress in English is up from 50 - 64% and in maths from 49 - 51%.

Yewlands formally joined the Outstanding Wakefield City Academies Trust earlier this year, having worked in partnership with them from September 2013. The new Principal Susan Cousin said "These results are a credit to the hardworking and talented students and staff and the support of our parents.  They are exactly what we predicted and are well-deserved."   100% of year 11 students have gained progression to their chosen place of further study or employment.  Congratulations to them all.

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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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