• Please be advised two training days are to be held - Friday 3rd October & Thursday 13th November

Message from the Principal

As newly-appointed Principal of Goole Academy, I wanted to introduce myself and thank everybody for the warm welcome I've received.

On 15th August 2014, the Academy became part of Wakefield City Academies Trust (WCAT), an organisation which has successfully transformed schools and secured successive ‘outstanding’ Ofsted judgements.  The Trust's Chief Executive Officer, Alan Yellup, recently secured an OBE for services to education. 

Goole High School is now legally established as an academy, with a new set of values, systems and procedures and a renewed sense of purpose.

This marks a new beginning for Goole High School.

We recognise the challenges from the past. However, my appointment is about the future and that is what I am determined to focus on.

Staff at the Academy are extremely ambitious. We have belief in the potential of all our students and a culture of high expectations is being developed. 

As an experienced school leader, I know only too well that support and encouragement at home is a major factor in a child's academic performance.

I would ask all parents/carers to support the Academy as it moves forward. We insist on the highest standards of uniform and behaviour. By working in partnership, I'm confident we can build a community based on enjoyment, hard work and respect.

At Goole Academy we are confident about our future.  We hope that visitors will gain a sense of our caring ethos, positivity and determination. I look forward to working with you over the coming months to build an Academy that our young people deserve and of which we can all be proud.

Matthew Partington





“SECONDARY school is where students arrive as children and leave as adults and we want to make sure that when they leave they are awesome, not just ordinary.” - Co-Headteachers, Mrs D Tomasz and Mr D Flowitt

Goole High School Academy is an 11-18 mixed comprehensive school of around 1,000 pupils and, for the majority of local people, is the first choice for their children.

Students start their journey aged 11 and follow a foundation curriculum for two years through which they gain the skills and abilities to be successful level 2 learners. They then specialise in 8 subjects leading to either GCSE or BTEC qualifications.  At age14 a number of students are able to opt for the 14-19 Create Studio School or the 14-19 Vocational Training School – both of which offer learning in more applied ways.

The Create Studio School works in partnership with local businesses and employers to make students ‘work ready’.  It specialises in the three areas linked to the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) priorities of Business and Enterprise, Ports and Logistics and Renewables. 

This is an exciting time to be joining us as we have just joined the Wakefield City Academies Trust. Alan Yellup, Chief Executive of the Trust, is also the Executive Headteacher of Wakefield City Academy, a school that has been outstanding in every category three times running.  He has a wealth of experience and is highly regarded nationally. We are really privileged to be able to work with someone of his calibre.