Welcome to The King’s School – Where Tradition Meets Excellence!

Established in 1139, The King's School stands as a beacon of education for nearly nine centuries, offering a premier learning experience to the bright minds of Pontefract and beyond. We take great pride in being more than just a secondary school; we are a caring, high-performing community where students evolve into the best version of themselves, proudly carrying the legacy of The King's School.

With a remarkable history spanning over 850 years, our school is deeply rooted in tradition, but it is the people that make The King's School truly exceptional. Our students, with excellent behaviour and as the best ambassadors one could wish for, are a testament to our commitment to nurturing outstanding individuals. Our dedicated team of teachers and support staff, in collaboration with parents, strives to provide a first-class education, ensuring every student receives the opportunities they deserve.

Living by our values of respect, responsibility, determination, and excellence, we develop well-rounded individuals who, upon leaving, possess the confidence to thrive in the world of tomorrow and make a powerful difference in society. We are enthusiastic about the impact of activities beyond the classroom, encouraging students to immerse themselves in the full life of the school, embracing leadership opportunities, participating in educational visits, engaging in extra-curricular clubs and much more!

While nothing compares to experiencing the atmosphere of our school in person, we invite you to explore our website and follow us on X (Twitter) @PATKingsSchool to catch a glimpse of the exceptional opportunities that await at The King's School.

Welcome to a community where tradition meets excellence, and every student is empowered to shine!

Mrs J Cross

Director of School Improvement (Interim Headteacher)


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Pontefract Academies Trust gives life changing opportunities to students.

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Plans revealed for Carleton High School’s rebuild under the government’s flagship School Rebuilding Programme

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