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I would like to welcome you to Ackworth Mill Dam School and our website. I took over as head of school here in September 2022 after working here as deputy head during 2021-22. The school is proud to be part of the Waterton Academy Trust.


In our most recent OFSTED in January 2022 we retained our ‘good’ status with the inspector reporting that, ‘The pupils at Ackworth Mill Dam spoke very positively about their school. They summed up their school in three words: ‘fun, safe, well-organised’. Leaders have high expectations of pupils. The curriculum is ambitious. Pupils respond well to the challenges they are given.’ I am excited to work with the children, staff, parents and local community to continue the journey we are on to excellence.


We are a fantastic school which admits children from age 3 to 11. Children can attend our nursery provision for either 15 or 30 hours per week where they will enjoy playing and learning in our self-contained foundation stage unit with a continually developing outdoor learning space. Full time children in our reception class also use this fabulous resource.


We are continually striving to further improve our assessment results at all key stages in phonics, reading, writing and maths and have also enjoyed success in national and local competitions for gardening and running. We can offer wrap around childcare provision and a range of exciting extra-curricular clubs and activities.


Our site is large with space for play and learning within our forest schools area, field and playgrounds which we are currently improving with a new MUGA and playground markings.

I look forward to meeting you and hope that you find this website useful.


Miss Lauren Norton

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