As the Head of School, I am delighted to welcome you to The King’s School. I hope that our website will give you a flavour of what we are about and allow you to see the many opportunities available here.
The school has gone through significant change in recent months, which has resulted in my appointment as Head of School and other key appointments across the Senior Leadership Team. I am genuinely excited at the prospect of being able to improve the life chances of the young people of Pontefract. Being a ‘Ponte lad’ myself, I know the local area and how much talent we have in the town; it is my job to ensure that our students flourish and have the keys to success in the future.
Already an Ofsted ‘Good’ school, we are now firmly on the journey to becoming 'Outstanding'. We have implemented a number of new systems and it is no exaggeration to say that there has been a real transformation in how the school operates. Behaviour is excellent, which ensures that our students can really focus on their learning and teachers can focus on delivering excellent lessons. We believe that our students all have strengths and areas to develop, and we take great pride in developing and building on those strengths and helping them improve where they need to.
The King’s School is one of the highest performing schools in the Wakefield Authority, but please believe me when I say that our ambition goes further than a local context. Our ambition is to be one of the highest performing schools at a national level; not for accolades or awards, but so that we are supporting all of our students achieve their full potential.
We are committed to developing teaching and learning, to ensure that we provide a first class experience for all students. Our students make new friends, mature in a positive environment and have the opportunity to engage in a wide-range of extra-curricular activities, designed to develop social skills.
Our students are at the heart of everything that we do and we believe that it is our duty to convert their potential into reality. We live by the mantra of compassionate rigour; we will not apologise for having high standards but we will walk alongside all of our students to allow them to become the best version of themselves.
We are a happy, caring, welcoming school who aim to get the best outcomes for our students, whilst appreciating that grades are just one piece of the jigsaw for a well-rounded education. The King’s School has been an integral part of the local community for many years and we look forward to enhancing the reputation of the school further by working with students who are confident, articulate and achieve their potential.
Mr Dominic Pinto
Head of School