Sandal Castle VA Community Primary School

A Church of England school serving the Community since 1686

Headteacher: Mrs Nichola Russell
Telephone: 01924 303525
Address: Barnsley Road, Sandal, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF2 6AS

Diocese of Leeds
Have a fabulous summer holiday and we will see you on Tuesday 5th September.
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Festivals and Tournaments

We are proud to host a number of festivals and tournaments throughout the year on behalf of the Kettlethorpe cluster of schools.

Cross Country Success - July 2017

I wanted to thank you for bringing your cross country team to yesterday’s event. It was good to see your runners performing so well. Libby and Hayley paced their race really well and fully deserved their podium finishes, but for me, the star performance of the day had to be Matthew’s amazing run. When he set off at such a breakneck pace, my instant reaction was ‘he’s going to die before he reaches the 200m point.’ But fair play, he maintained his pace and was fantastic (especially running in tracksuit bottoms and such a hot day- brilliant!) He also seemed a smashing young man (he even thanked me for cheering him each time that he passed).

Aden Ball, Ackworth

Year 3 Tag Rugby at Wakefield Trinity - July 2017

Year 3
On Monday 3rd July, 6 year 3 children attended the Sky Try Rugby Festival held at Wakefield Wildcats.
The team won all 3 of their games against some very competitive teams, showing determination, enthusiasm and outstanding sportsmanship. Fantastic!

Year 4
On Tuesday 4th July, 6 children from year 4 attended the Sky Try Rugby Festival held at Wakefield Wildcats.
Their excellent team work, resilience and communication skills enabled them to go on and win all 3 of their games. Brilliant!

Year 2 Leeds United Training at Mackie Hill School - July 2017

The girls really enjoyed themselves on Tuesday and worked really well as a team. The skills they have been able to develop over the past six weeks - based on the coaching they have received from Leeds United - has been fantastic. They have successfully applied these in the games; showing great determination to succeed.

Well done girls - we are very proud of your fantastic attitude and approach to the games.

Year 3/4 Cricket - July 2017

We hosted a Year 3 and 4 cricket tournament with great success here at Sandal, in no small part thanks to the terrific job our Year 5 and 6 sports leaders did umpiring the event. They were calm and assured throughout, making sure that the games were being played fairly, consistently applying the rules and offering support where required.

As for the competitors, Sandal were up against Hendal and Dane Royd who provided stiff competition. There were great skills on show including fantastic batting displays, efficient fielding and lots of fast running between the wickets. Most importantly, the tournament was played with great sportsmanship and all competitors did themselves credit.

We are pleased to announce that Sandal were the team that came out on top. All of the team were fantastic, when pushed, Alfie was selected as our player of the tournament. Mainly for his fantastic batting and pulling off some truly wonderful catches in the field.

Year 6 Football - July 2017

We hosted the Sandal Castle Year 6 Football League for the second year running. Hendal, Dane Royd and Mackie Hill were in attendance for a fantastic day that was played in great spirit. The competition was fierce and the skills on display were, at times, something to behold.

Again, our wonderful Year 5 sports leaders helped referee the event. They may have a new-found respect for match officials, especially the line judges. After running up and down tracking the ball, Leah exclaimed “This is tiring!” Maybe our sports leaders won’t be so quick to question the referee’s decision in future!

Sandal Castle won the tournament last year and we are proud to announce that our fantastic team managed to retain the trophy. Every single one of our team was exceptional. We were solid in defence and some of the attacking play was mesmerising. Szymon in particular was picked out as our player of the tournament as the Year 6 team capped of their last ever tournament for Sandal as champions.

Year 5 and 6 Cricket Festival 2017 - Match Report

A scorcher of a day and a scorching performance to match! Our Year 5 and 6 cricket team gave a strong showing at the local pyramid tournament down at Pledwick Cricket Ground and finished with a brilliant second place. Matty picked up our player of the tournament award for exhibiting an array of batting shots alongside his trustworthy bowling and strong leadership. Indeed, the whole team were excellent and just lost out to the eventual, very capable and deserved winners, Dane Royd.

Year 5 and 6 Girls Football Tournament 2017 - Match Report

Our Year 5 and 6 girls football team visited the Outwood Grange Academy and managed to earn themselves a fantastic second placed finish! Mr Jones’s player of the tournament was Libby, she gave a commanding performance in the middle of the park, breaking up play in defence and taking the ball forward into dangerous positions. Another special mention to Leah who managed to bag herself a brace in one game! Indeed all of the team played brilliantly and were very unlucky to concede against the eventual winners. A wonderful showing by all, they should be very proud.

Year 1 and Multi-skills Festival 2017 - Event report

We recently hosted a Year 1 and 2 multi skills festival here at Sandal where nearby schools came along to compete for the honour of being crowned the Kettlethorpe Pyramid Champions. Lots of skills were on display throughout the afternoon with every team earning hundreds of points to provide a very tight competition. The children performed a range of activities including shooting a football, egg and spoon relays and long jumping to name a few. Our wonderful Year 5 Sports Leaders helped run the event, taking each team around the course and helping demonstrate what they had to do and offering much encouragement whilst collecting the all-important scores. After counting and double-checking, it was revealed that Sandal Castle were the winners! A huge congratulations to the team and Marcus, who was announced our player of the festival.

Due to extensive grounds, our PE faculty decided to establish the Sandal Castle Primary Football league, inviting local schools within the district to regular matches. This has now evolved from the initial football league to now having a extensive range of sporting leagues and competitions hosted and organised by ourselves.

Here is an example of our league fixtures

We celebrate all the children who take part in our festivals and tournaments - each player receives a participation certificate like the one below

Any player who has demonstrated outstanding sportsmanship and effort can be considered to receive the Player of the Match award

Here are a couple of reports of these events written by Miss Lauren Whitehead - PE Faculty Leader

Football Event

During the Summer term, year 3 and 4 children from across the Pyramid have taken part in the Sandal Castle Primary School Football League. The fixtures took place on Thursday evenings all term. The matches were refereed by our year 6 sports leaders. The children from all schools were supported and encouraged brilliantly by parents and carers for every fixture and every child was a credit to their school. Excellent footballing skills were demonstrated along with brilliant sportsmanship.

Well done to all schools and a HUGE congratulations to Sandal Castle Primary School who finished top of the league on goal difference.

Netball Event

Our lovely year 5 girls played netball on 15th June against St James Academy in a friendly match. This was the first time the girls had played in a competitive match and they were absolutely amazing. They developed their confidence, key skills and understanding of the rules. Thank you to parents and carers for their fantastic suport.

Well done girls - Great things to come!

Rugby Event at Wakefield Wildcats

During the holidays, year 3 and 4 children took part in a touch rugby match at the Wakefield Wildcats v Hull KR game during half time. We played with great skill beating Mackie Hill 8-1 and 11-2. The children were lucky enough to be the Wildcats mascots on the night and made their TV debut on Sky Sports!

All the children were seen with huge smiles and represented the school and themselves exceptionally well. What brilliant role models! We could not be more proud!

Week ending 21st October 2016

Lots of sporting action this week at Sandal Castle! On Tuesday our magnificent Year 2, 3 and 4 children took part in a local rugby tournament organised by Wakefield Trinity and hosted at Crigglestone All Blacks. It was a wonderful effort from all schools as the children got stuck in to play rugby in the cold, wet and windy conditions without losing any enthusiasm. You can read more about it on the Wakefield website…

If your child loves rugby or is keen to learn more, we urge you to go down to your local rugby club and give it a go! Crigglestone All Blacks are always keen to take on more youngsters, here’s how to get in touch…

Thursday saw us enter two teams in the Year 5 and 6 football tournament at Kettlethorpe. With 6 teams in total we gave a fantastic effort finishing fourth and second. Everyone played brilliantly and contributed to the team effort whilst having fun taking on our local rivals. Notably, Ellis received the award for ‘Best Goalkeeper’ whilst Szymon’s skill and awareness and Ben’s defensive solidity shone through to earn them Mr Jones and Miss Whitehead’s players of the tournament. Tyler was particularly impressed by Stefan’s wonder goal that helped us earn a hard-fought 2-0 victory, ‘I couldn’t believe it, he scored it from defense! It must have been 25 yards out!’ he exclaimed. A fantastic effort by everyone, well done Sandal Castle!

Thursday 26th January 2017

An amazing sporting start to 2017, as our Year 5 and 6 children competed in a Basketball Tournament at Kettlethorpe High School. A fantastic effort, great teamwork and skill saw us finish in second place. Everyone had great fun and showed determination to succeed. Tyler was presented with our player of the tournament award due to his keen eye for shooting successful baskets! Nayaab, Zahra and Josh showed great movement, passing and defending skills. An excellent effort from all children. Well done!

Tuesday 4th April 2017

Sandal Castle to represent Wakefield at the West Yorkshire Games!

District Football @ Outwood Grange Academy

'A beautiful evening turned into a fantastic football tournament between the eight finalist from their district competition. Players showed some outstanding skills with quick passing, great shooting and lots of movement. Final winners were Sandal Castle who go on to represent Wakefield in the West Yorkshire Games' taken from

Here Mr Jones is giving our team the winning formula pep talk!