We are extremely proud to announce that we have been shortlisted for the Secondary School of the Year award. This is a national award, and the shortlist includes some of the most outstanding institutions in the country.

Tes editor Ann Mroz said: “It is wonderful to see such great ideas and excellent practice emerging from our schools and teachers, especially at a time when schools are under financial pressure. We had a record number of entries this year and the standard is very high, so all those shortlisted should be very proud: it’s an extraordinary achievement to be on this shortlist. This winners will be announced at our gala awards evening at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London on Friday 21 June 2019.”

Principal, Mr Rob Marsh, said “I am delighted that the academy has been shortlisted for this prestigious award. It’s fantastic news for the school and a real boost for our staff and students. It highlights the hard work that we’re doing to deliver excellent teaching and learning and a great student experience.”

As Principal, I have great pleasure in welcoming you to Cathedral Academy, Wakefield’s only Church of England secondary school. Our vision is to offer the best possible experience for all of the children and young people in our care, and an experience that prepares them for life.

Students and parents are joining the academy at an exciting time. Cathedral Academy is part of the Trinity Multi-Academy Trust (MAT), a family of schools delivering consistently outstanding education for children and young people across the region. The flagship school within the MAT is Trinity Academy Halifax, an Ofsted outstanding provider which is one of the best non-selective schools in the country for GCSE and A-level results.

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We offer two specific pathways at Cathedral, the core pathway and the CAPA Juniors pathway. Our core pathway focusses upon a broad and balanced curriculum for all students with a specific focus on developing the key transferrable skills needed for a successful future. Students are provided with the necessary support to build upon their successes at Primary school and develop at their own pace given their starting points. The core curriculum is an enriching experience with between approximately 12 subjects to study within Key Stage 3 before the opportunity to start formal qualifications begins at Key Stage 4.

Our second pathway delivers all the elements of the core pathway along with a specific focus on Performing Arts called CAPA Juniors. CAPA Juniors is an exciting offer for young people who have a real desire to pursue an education and career pathway in the Arts. Cathedral Academy is proud to run the CAPA Juniors programme. Whilst the Arts subjects form a significant part of the CAPA Juniors curriculum, students are very much part of the Cathedral Academy family, accessing a full and rigorous academic curriculum and being provided with the care, guidance and support needed to succeed in all areas.

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