Miss Horsfall

I would like to warmly welcome you to West Vale Academy. I am extremely proud to be the school’s new Principal and I am keen to take the Academy on the next stage of it’s exciting journey of improvement and excellence.

We believe that children deserve the best possible chances in life and that they learn best when there are strong links between home and school. Everything we do at West Vale helps us to deliver our school motto of ‘Care, share, discover and learn’. Success to us at West Vale means both academic and personal progress. It also means promoting an inclusive school culture, nurturing staff-pupil relationships and promoting the values that underpin our school – values of kindness, resilience, honesty, endeavour, curiousity and courage. The Academy’s ethos is centred around positive behaviour management strategies with staff applying a fair and consistent approach. We endeavour to provide a calm and stimulating environment where good behaviour and mutual respect is modelled by everyone and where everyone is valued. We aim to ensure that our children leave West Vale fully prepared for Secondary school and beyond with the solid foundation of skills, knowledge and values they will need to become happy and responsible future citizens of the world!

We pride ourselves on working in partnership with parents and families as we know that a child’s primary school years represent a very special journey – we’re here throughout to celebrate their successes, solve problems and provide high quality education.

Please do not hesitate to contact our school office for any additional information you require. Our school Facebook page provides a really good reflection of day to day school life and is added to frequently so follow us on West Vale Academy to see our school values and vision in action!

Our School

West Vale Academy has been at the heart of the surrounding community since 1879.

Since March 2018 the school has taken its next developmental step, joining The Great Heights Academy Trust.

We are very proud of our School and its ever-improving learning opportunities.

Outdoor play areas are enhanced with the addition of the Foundation Stage outdoor play area and the football/chess area to the rear of school. Playtime and lunchtime staff are enthusiastic, offering children the chance to skip, play with hoops and balls and join in organised activities.

The Governing Body, Principal, teaching and ancillary staff are enthusiastically committed to maintaining a warm, friendly, caring, family atmosphere; which is evident and appreciated by all visitors to the School.

We believe that children are best nurtured towards reaching their full potential when they are happy and secure in their school environment. We are aware that all parents want the best for their children and our aim is to provide every pupil at West Vale Academy with the best possible start to their education.

West Vale Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff, parents, carers, volunteers and governors to share this commitment. A copy of the school’s Safeguarding Policy can be found on the website or obtained from the school office.

The Principal, teaching staff and members of the Governing Body are always available, by arrangement, should you wish to discuss the needs of your child.


Mrs Akroyd

I would like to reiterate Miss Horsfall’s words and continue our welcome to you.

West Vale Academy is a safe, warm, welcoming and inclusive school where we all have the children’s best interests at heart. Education and student success is a shared responsibility between the school staff, pupils and parents. As we work with our pupils to help them learn about the world around them through an innovative curriculum, we welcome and appreciate the support that parents give their children at home as they strive to reach their learning goals. I believe the foundation of a successful school is the cooperation between the students, staff, parents and community.

As Vice-Principal, I am immensely proud of this school and hope that the website gives you an insight into all of the work that we do.
If you are considering applying for a place at this school for your child, you are welcome to come and visit us. Please contact the school office to arrange a time to come and see our school in action.

West Vale Academy’s Mission Statement:

Together in our school family,
we will care, share, discover and learn,
growing into responsible and successful
members of the community.



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