Sandal Castle VA Community Primary School

A Church of England school serving the Community since 1686

Headteacher: Mrs Nichola Russell
Telephone: 01924 303525
Email: headteacher@sandal.wakefield.sch.uk
Address: Barnsley Road, Sandal, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF2 6AS

Diocese of Leeds
2nd July 2020 Guidance for full reopening of School - September 2020 The guidance for the full reopening of school as of of September 2020 has been published this morning. As you can imagine, we are now trawling through the detail. What I can confirm so far, based upon the key messages received,is that school will re open for all children on Tuesday 8th September. In line with government guidance, we will employ a staggered approach to the start and end of the day. As you will appreciate, we will be unable to ensure that siblings can start/finish school at the same time. We will communicate details to families as soon as possible to ensure you have maximum time to plan for the different start and finish times. More detail to follow asap. Thank you for all your lovely messages of support. It's been lovely to see how the school community continues to pull together through these uncertain and unprecedented times. Nichola Russell
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Sports within the Community

We are extremely fortunate to work alongside many local sporting establishments. Our children benefit greatly from having the opportunities to work alongside these professionals who provide specialist support and coaching developing skills and expertise across a range of sports and activities.

Wakefield Trinity - July 2019

Children in year 3 experienced an exciting afternoon of sporting fun led by Wakefield Trinity coach, Chris Chester, Jacob Miller and Danny Brough, all current professionals within the team. The session concluded with a question and answer session.




Thornes Park Run


Wakefield Trinity - Wakefield Trinity provide block teaching across Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 throughout the year. The children also experience visits to the Belle Vue Stadium, taking part in curtain raisers to the professional Super League games. They also take part in a number of tournaments and festivals held at the ground. Our children were also fortunate to 'Walk out of the tunnel' with the players acting as mascots at the televised Super League Game again Hull.

Leeds Rhinos V Wakefield Trinity 17th March 2017

On Friday evening (17th March) some of our Key Stage 2 children had an amazing and exciting opportunity; representing our school, as flag bearers for the Leeds Rhinos V Wakefield Trinity rugby league match, live at the Headingley Stadium. This was the first time most of our children had visited the stadium and for some of them, the first time they had experienced a live super league match (televised on Sky Sports)

The children were a credit to themselves, their families and the school. They had a fantastic time and loved taking part in such an event, especially knowing they are going to be on TV!

More pictures on the Gallery.

Wakefield Wildcats Learning Zone

Our children enjoy taking part in the Learning Zone at the Wakefield Wildcats.


Elite Rugby - Elite Rugby provide an experience that will inspire, educate and help every child to realise their full potential. Coached by rugby league professionals Ryan Hudson, Jay Pitts and Joe Arundel, the children develop their abilities and skills in a unique, safe and fun environment that the children thrive in.


DanceXpolsion - DanceXplosion Dance Academy, based at Belle Vue Stadium with a focus on getting children active and having the opportunity to participate in performances on a match day. Jodie Travis, the Academy owner runs a schools programme of which we have been fortunate enough to be part of. This has been wonderful for our children as it has enabled some of our talented dancers to be selected for the troop performing on match days.


What our visiting coaches have to say about our wonderful children:

The children at Sandal Castle are a pleasure to coach and always challenge our coaching team with their never say die approach to sports! The children are very coachable and take on information very quickly which enables us to get straight into a skill then small sided games! The improvement in movement skills over the past 5 weeks has been amazing and we are really looking forward to seeing these children take the sport to the next level, whether that’s in the community or a professional sports team!
Ryan Hudson - Director of Elite Kids Coaching