Pastoral Care
Cathedral Academy prides itself on its pastoral, care, guidance and support to ensure students feel happy, safe and supported throughout their time at school.
Sleeping Beauty Panto
Cathedral Academy and CAPA students join forces each year to present the annual pantomime. 2011 saw a sell-out run of Sleeping Beauty with matinee performances filled with local Wakefield primary schools.
Fun in Food Lessons!
Food Technology is a popular subject in Key Stage 3 and 4 with extensive enrichment opportunities. In June 2012 Cathedral Academy students won two national cooking competitions and will have the chance to work alongside professional chefs in one of London's Michelin star restaurant.
Parent Activities
Cathedral Academy works closely with parent and carers with each Faculty offering a range of parent activities alongside the annual calendar of Student Review Days and Parent Evenings.
House System
All Cathedral Academy students and staff are members of either Phoenix, Pegasus, Dragon or Unicorn houses. With regular house activities and awards, the House System is a great way for students to make friends from across the year groups.
Honk the Musical
As a specialist Performing Arts school, Cathedral Academy offers an extensive annual programme of performances and performing arts events
Professional full time post-16 performing arts training and education. CAPA offers full time performing arts, production arts and creative media training and education at post-16 level. With excellent exam results and progression routes to the UK's leading conservatoires, universities and professional careers in the arts, CAPA has really established itself as a centre of the highest quality post-16 performing arts training. CAPA attracts students from across the north of England auditioning for one of the limited places each year.

Latest News

End of term letter to Parents/Carers 

Download: End of term letter to Parents – July 2014

Parent and Teacher Association – CASPA

For the first time, Cathedral Academy has set up a Parent Teacher Association, which we have called CASPA. We believe that a PTA is an excellent way to bring together parents, teachers and hopefully the community to raise money and to support the school.

We hope our PTA will provide an opportunity for everyone to work together towards a common goal. All parents can get involved, at the moment we have three parents representing your views. The academy will benefit from the additional funds we will raise and the increased opportunity for parents to be more involved in school life.

Please follow @CASPA_Cathedral on Twitter for the latest news! If you are interested in joining the PTA please contact Joanna Johnson in the attendance office or e-mail for more information.


Options 2014

Year 10 going in to Year 11

Download: Option booklet 2014 Y10 going in to Year 11

Year 9 going in to Year 10

Download: Option booklet 2014 Year 9 going in to Year 10

Year 8 going in to Year 9

Download: Option Booklet 2014 Year 8 going in to Year 9


  Useful Contacts

Academic Achievement– Mr. A Jeffrey (Vice Principal)

Teaching and Learning – Mrs. K Cafferky (Vice Principal)

Behaviour/Safeguarding – Mr. P Willerton (Assistant Vice Principal)

Data, Assessment, Reports – Mr. S Pinder (Assistant Vice Principal)

Language and Learning (SEN and EAL) – Mr. P Willerton (Assistant Vice Principal/SENCO) , Mr. N Alyas (Assistant SENCO/Leader of EAL)

Homework/Parent Partnerships– Mrs. B Smith (Associate Assistant Vice Principal)

Year 7 – Miss. T Cullen (Y7 Achievement Leader), Mr. J Boam (Y7 Student Liaison Officer)

Year 8 – Mr. S Taylor (Y8 Achievement Leader), Mr. T Marchant (Y8 Student Liaison Officer)

Year 9 – Miss. S Holden (Y9 Achievement Leader), Mr. G Summerfield (Y9 Student Liaison Officer)

Year 10 /Year 11– Mr. A Brooke (Y10/Y11 Achievement Leader), Miss. L Coulson (Y10 Student Liaison Officer), Mr. P Newlove (Y11 Student Liaison Officer)

Download:  Cathedral Academy Ofsted Report 2012-2013

Latest News

Y5 Stretch & Challenge Day

The day involved 15 Year 5 students who were selected as the top 4 highest performers in the year group from 4 of our feeder schools.  The aim of the day was to challenge the students and take them out of their comfort zone to progress and gain new learning. The day included sessions on the following;


Session 1 - Modern Foreign Languages – Focussing on Tour de France learning new French Vocabulary.

Session 2 – Maths – Sing along times table, picture puzzles and 4D shape making.

Session 3 – English – Training to become a reading mentor.

Session 4 – History – Finding out about history examining evidence and presenting to other groups.


All students were a credit to their primary school all enjoyed it and had a lot of new learning.  They conducted themselves very well showing confidence and enquiring minds.  All received a medal, certificate and a certificate showing they are a reading mentor.  The student who contributed the most throughout the day was Amy Foster from St. Michaels Academy and she won a £20 WHSmith Voucher.

Year 9 Higher Education Experience Day

YEAR 9 – Higher Education Experience Day – Leeds Metropolitan University

The day involved 14 Year 9 Most Able Students.  The first activity was a meet and greet Ice breaker- Students were split into two groups and sat on separate tables. There was a student ambassador on each table. Their first task was to, as a team build a tower that was 10cm high (or taller) to hold a cream egg.  We did well but didn’t win.

They then had to match up the key words with the correct definition, e.g. Masters, Graduate etc. They then had to rank in order the most important reason for going to university to the least important reason.  This was followed by a tour of the campus.

They chose between 3 different workshops:

  • Dragons Den – (Sports advertisement) Create a product/advert and present it
  • Natural Disasters – looked at the after effects of natural disasters and then designed a shelter.
  • Economics –(looked at ideas that politicians bring forward) In groups had to decide what to spend £100,000 on to make the economy better.

Ben who was one of the student ambassadors who was sat with our students said they worked very well and were very friendly!

Miss Kirk & Miss Trout