Our Performance and Ofsted

At Sandal Magna Community Academy we believe that our school sits within the heart and the future of the community.

We aim to serve the needs of all the families within the local area, with a commitment to developing the social cohesion of our community and to maximising the life chances of each and every child. We endeavour to work in close partnership with parents for the benefit of our children.

When our children leave the Academy we want them to be happy, enthusiastic, confident, curious, tolerant and most importantly; well prepared for their next stage of learning.

In May 2013 Sandal Magna converted to Sponsored Academy Status with the Wakefield Diocesan Academies Trust (WDAT). They are a Trust based in Wakefield serving parts of Barnsley, Calderdale, Kirklees, North Yorkshire and Wakefield and sponsored their first academy in September 2012.  WDAT has since changed their name to Enhance Academy Trust (EAT) in  June 2016.  Although we are being sponsored by a Trust supported by the Church of England we will remain a Community Academy and will not become a "church" school even though many of our objectives and procedures have much in common.

The decision to become a Sponsored Academy was taken by the Governors of the school in order to help secure the futures of the children in our care, as it means that we will be able to access more support from other agencies/schools in order to improve the quality of teaching and learning and therefore results.

        Click here to link to the School Performance Tables on the DfE website. 
        Click here to link to view our most recent Ofsted reports.

Our most recent Ofsted inspection was done in March 2017, please see the link below for the full report.

Ofsted Report Ofsted Report (329 KB)


2018 KS1 Data Breakdown
All Children
Key Stage 1 Breakdown 2018 Reading Writing Maths Combined
% at Expected Standard 63% 57% 53% 47%
% Working at Greater Depth 27% 17% 27% 10%
2018 KS2 Data Breakdown
All Children
Key Stage 2 Breakdown 2018 Reading Writing Maths  GPS Combined
% at Expected Standard 48% 76% 52% 69%  38%
% at Higher Standard 14% 17% 3% 31%  3%
Average Scaled Score 98.8 - 99.9 104.5 -
Average progress from KS1 to KS2
Year Reading Writing Maths
2016 -3.7 -6.7 -2.3
2017 -0.7 +3.7 -1.8
2018 -1.9  +3.5 -0.9

Quotes About Us

I was a pupil at Sandal Magna from 1975 to 1980 and look back on that time as being one of the happiest of my life. I became a Governor at the school in 2001 because I wanted to give something back to Sandal Magna as a thank you for those wonderful times. As part of my profession I work with many schools, but the time I give to Sandal Magna I give freely, born out of the love I have for the school and the pride I have in its staff, pupils, parents and community.
- Chair of Governors

Thank you for making me feel so welcome during my placement. I have learnt a lot! I have never met such polite pupils. They are a credit to you and the school.
- Teaching Student

The consultation meetings with school staff was what I would call a true partnership. I believe that only by working in partnership can we be effective with SEN children: that how it was in your school yesterday. It was the best consultation meetings I have had in Wakefield for many years.
- Educational Psychologist

This afternoon reminded me of why I became a teacher.
- KS2 Teacher

Sandal Magna Community Academy is a wonderful school where the staff work particularly hard to make sure that all pupils and their families feel valued and welcome. The strap line of the school logo sums the school up perfectly for me... "The heart and future of the community".
- Parent Governor

Sandal Magna can teach to all levels of ability.
- Parent Governor

My child is very happy at Sandal Magna, its just a shame they have to move on to high school.
- Parent

My son is very happy and settled at this school.

- Parent

It was lovely to see so many parents in school, working with their children.
- Parent

I’ve been coming to volunteer at Sandal Magna for 13 years and every week it is such a peaceful introduction into school.  The children are polite and smile and the building is always tidy and in order.

- Volunteer

My child has made a lot of progress since starting at Sandal Magna. I have been helped and supported. The school have been brilliant and I think that if my child had attended a different school he wouldn’t have had as much support. Many thanks to all the staff.

- Parent

My child has made better progress here and has more motivation. He has been happy and wants to come to school. People understand me at meetings and I was listened to. I’m very happy with this school.

- Parent

Every time I set foot in the school it is clear how happy and settled the children are.
- Visiting Sports Coach

The standard of singing at Sandal Magna is extremely high. The children are very enthusiastic and their singing is fantastic!

- Wakefield Music Service Teacher

Congratulations to your school choir...much effort and thought had gone into its performance...very inclusive and with twenty languages makes the school very rich indeed.

- Wakefield Resident

It was a real pleasure to talk to such well behaved, engaged and interactive students across all the school year groups.
- Yorkshire Water Representative

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Friends of Sandal Magna

The Friends of Sandal Magna are the fundraising committee of Sandal Magna Community Academy.

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Our Address

  • Sandal Magna Community
  • Belle Vue Road
  • Wakefield WF1 5NF
  • Our Phone Number01924 767080
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