Welcome to Gawthorpe Community Academy

Welcome to Gawthorpe Community Academy, our wonderful school within the heart of a village on the outskirts of Ossett. I am very proud to lead Gawthorpe as Headteacher, where the children are at the heart of every decision we make to ensure that they are happy, confident and that the opportunities that are provided for them are relevant to their needs both now and in the future.

Strong community links have been forged over many years between the school and the people who live in Gawthorpe. We celebrate the village’s traditional heritage with the community participating in the annual events such as the Maypole Pole Parade and the World Coal Carrying Championship.

The school has a split site with the nursery being part of the Maypole Centre and the main school building which houses reception to year 6. The school has playgrounds surrounding the main building and there is a separate playing field.

Our knowledge-rich curriculum is designed to provide high quality learning experiences. This ensures that engagement of learning is at the heart of our philosophy. Children are given opportunities to build knowledge, making links between their own lives, the wider world and prior learning. Families, governors and community leaders are invited into school to join in school events, lead assemblies and share in our success.

Values underpin the school’s ethos and are reinforced at every opportunity in lessons and can be seen in the general conduct of staff and pupils within the school environment. Children are strongly encouraged to articulate their thoughts and feelings to develop respect, a sense of responsibility and show resilience to be prepared for the next phase and for adult life. Children come to Gawthorpe with a unique set of skills, experiences and knowledge our school strives to provide opportunities for every child to learn, experience and grow.

If you would like to find out more about our wonderful school, please contact reception and ask to speak to Mr White, Headteacher. Visits to our wonderful school are warmly welcomed.


Our school caters for children in the 3-11 years age range and we are part of the Inspire Partnership Multi-Academy Trust (IPMAT). Company No – 07805262, England & Wales