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

‘Together we grow: Together we give’. Ezekiel 47:2

We are a school community and we are a family. We learn together, we support each other, we give our time, our kindness, our love and our compassion to those around us in our school and wider community. We help each other to be ourselves and to be proud of it and to grow in to the unique individuals we are, and as a result, we grow into the respectful and accepting community we all value so much- we are there for each other on each step of our journey.

Key indicator 3: Increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport

Staff CPD

As a school we ensure that staff CPD is a priority. This academic year, our focus has been to further improve and develop the overall delivery of the physical education curriculum within school.

During 2020/21, Victoria Heaton has undertaken the afPE recognised Certificate in Primary School Physical Education Specialism Level 5. Josh Jordan- Roberts has already achieved the qualification. This qualification is a vital component in raising standards within primary school physical education teaching and learning.

In April 2021, Hannah Stansfield began the Qualification in Supporting Pupils’ Wellbeing Through Physical Education. This qualification is a nationally recognised qualification that enables staff to become specialists in supporting the emotional and social wellbeing of pupils through physical education.

In April 2021, Dan Jones, Nic Parish, Victoria Heaton and Rachel Wadsworth attended the Connecting the dots: Aligning the new RHSE Curriculum with your PESSPA Provision led by Yorkshire Sport Foundation. Within this training, staff further developed knowledge and understanding of the physical health and fitness elements of the RSHE Curriculum, and what is included in the statutory guidance. They gained knowledge and facts to include when teaching about physical health and fitness and have the chance to reflect on our existing physical health and fitness provision, how this aligns with the RSHE curriculum and identify any gaps. They also had the opportunity to further develop understanding of the links between the RSHE curriculum and whole school Physical Activity, PE and School Sport provision.

In April 2021, Victoria Heaton and Nic Parish attended the 2 day Obesity and Mental Health Conference - What is the Connection? led by SCOPE School global.

As of July 2021, we also have 1 member of staff; Victoria Heaton accepted onto a PE Degree course.


We have staff who have furthered qualifications in swimming to ensure that we can meet the needs of children in early years.

Baby and Pre School Submersion Upskill accreditation -Joel Russell and Brooke Russell

Baby and Pre School swimming accreditation - Joel Russell and Brooke Russell

L3 Award in Pool Plant Operations - Julian Russell, Joel Russell and Nathan Harper