Orchard Head Junior, Infant & Nursery School

Pontefract Academies Trust & Orchard Head


On the 1st April 2013 Orchard Head J I & N School converted to an Academy, as part of the Pontefract Academies Trust (PAT).

Extract taken from the Pontefract Academies Trust website: pontefractacademiestrust.org.uk:

"The Trust’s main mission is to continuously improve, deepen and broaden the educational opportunities and experiences to ensure that all children educated in Pontefract aspire to succeed and achieve their best, becoming valued and valuable members of our future society.

The Trust’s main mission is to continuously improve, deepen and broaden the educational opportunities and experiences to ensure that all children educated in Pontefract aspire to succeed and achieve their best, becoming valued and valuable members of our future society.

We aim to:

  • Establish outstanding academies for Pontefract.
  • Provide challenge and support to ensure that our academies achieve the best possible educational outcomes;
  • Create a self-improving school system based on a model of school to school support, drawing on academies within Pontefract Academies Trust and the wider network of partners within the Pontefract Education Trust and beyond.

The locality based trust is outward looking and provides a structure, which encourages collaborative working, capacity building to support the creation of a more seamless transition through education and into employment.

Pontefract Academies Trust has a shared interest in bringing together expert, human and financial resources; to support individual school needs and aspirations and to be able to work together to identify distinctive, common, effective and efficient approaches to local and national initiatives and issues affecting education.

Pontefract Academies Trust is committed to each individual academy becoming Outstanding.

The Trust will create effective systems of Leadership, Management, Operation and Communication to secure this vision at every level from class to Board. We will establish clarity of accountability and responsibility for actions, decisions and outcomes and who should be consulted across the Trust".