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Ethos and Values

Our vision and values are at the core of everything we do. They underpin our teaching and learning, and provide an environment which prepares our pupils as confident, happy citizens.


We achieve through the highest of expectations encouraging all to attain excellence. We learn together as a community through inspirational experiences. Our teachers are caring and dedicated and prepare our children with the skills to succeed as life long learners and leaders of the future.

Our Ethos


South Kirkby Academy’s curriculum is rooted in the lives of our pupils and their community, in order to promote learning through personality, talent, mental and physical development. Our curriculum includes not only the formal requirements of the National Curriculum, but also exciting and stimulating extra-curricular activities to ensure creativity, breadth, challenge and balance.

South Kirkby is an ex coal mining village, located in the South East corner of Wakefield and central to both rural and urban land use. The wider school curriculum takes place both in and beyond this community to make learning relevant and meet the needs and interests of our pupils and their families within South Kirkby.

Our curriculum prepares pupils for life in modern Britain through building the characteristics of resilience and self-regulation, key competencies needed to boldly face the challenges within an ever changing and ever complex society.

Learning through a local, national and international lens, ensures our pupils curiosity is ignited, minds are broadened, and their lives are enriched. Core knowledge is the driver from which our teachers design inspirational learning sequences to develop pupil’s knowledge, understanding and skills to navigate their world critically and with increasing confidence.

Our school vision and values are at the core of everything we do. Our teachers are caring, holistic and dedicated in promoting human values through weaving social and emotional learning into our core and wider curriculum. Learning is carefully designed to foster well-being and support every child to reach their full potential and ensure they are prepared for the next stage in their school journey.

Communication and co-operation are also essential aspects of learning.   Working with others in a variety of roles and contexts ensures our pupils build self-awareness and empathy for others within and beyond the school community. Effective communication is at the heart of our curriculum. Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening are core competencies needed to prepare our pupils as lifelong learners and leaders of the future. These competencies not only enable our pupils to learn with more confidence and agility, but also enable them to learn from and alongside others within a socially complex society.

Our School Pledge


S K Academy

We Reach For The Stars

Working Together

Success For All!

Our Curriculum Intent


At South Kirkby Academy our curriculum is designed through sequences of learning which start in the planning stage with a desired outcome. For children to reach the desired outcome successfully, our teachers plan in small steps of progression taking into consideration the children’s prior learning and building the knowledge and skills needed as life-long learners. Our learning is also designed to help our children retain core knowledge and skills, through making connections across the curriculum and through the world they live in.   Applying learning through a variety of contexts enables our children to retain knowledge and develop skills independently, and with real purpose for their lives as global citizens of the future. Our schemes of learning are not only underpinned by the teaching of basic skills, but also include key enquiry questions to engage learning, promote critical thinking and deepen learning.

DEDICATION - We strive to do our best!

DEDICATION - We strive to do our best!

Everyone has high expectations of themselves and others. Learning is active to grasp every opportunity. Reflection allows pupils and teachers to plan and strive for improvement. Pupils individual skills are developed giving them the confidence to aim high.

ASPIRATION - We achieve success!

ASPIRATION - We achieve success!

Achievement is constantly recognised and celebrated. Everyone is clear about their next steps to success. Key skills within the curriculum allow pupils to prepare for their future. We aim for consistently high standards of teaching and learning for excellent progress.

CO-OPERATION - We work together as a team!

CO-OPERATION - We work together as a team!

Parents and carers are involved in the life of the school and community. Our community offers us a variety of learning opportunities across the curriculum. We are committed to helping and supporting one another. Everyone communicates clearly and calmly and behaviour is consistently good and better.

INSPIRATION - We are excited about our learning

INSPIRATION - We are excited about our learning

Everyone has equal access to rich learning opportunities. High level of challenges motivate and develop thinking skills. The school environment gives learning real context and develops imagination. Learning is enjoyable and attendance is good.


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