Ackworth Mill Dam J&I

We are here to learn as much as we can

Our school Ethos: What our school believes




  • We at Mill Dam are fully inclusive. We work together to ensure everyone has a chance to achieve to the best of their ability and potential.
  • We robustly challenge any prejudice.
  • Everyone is taught how to keep safe, including online.
  • We add value through an enquiry led, engaging, applied curriculum which develops: key numeracy, literacy and science skills, generic social skills and technical expertise for a modern world.
  • We offer meaningful contexts for learning and appropriate resources which engage and encourage an enjoyment of learning.
  • Our personalised approach for every child is routed in rigorous assessment, which includes good home school liaison and flexible planning within whole school systems.
  • We offer experiences which provide insight into how it would feel to work within a wide range of careers in the future; to enable pupils to make sensible career choices, which enhance their wellbeing.
  • Through SMSC* we teach how to make a contribution and good life choices for the culture and society they choose to live in.
  • We support transitions across key stages in their lives.
  • We use research and other agencies to ensure our teaching pedagogy is relevant and effective.
  • We expect everyone to be accountable in our single focus to improve the life chances and enjoyment of learning, for every child, regardless of their starting points.

*Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.​




“We are here to learn as much as we can”

We do this by:

Learning, practising and applying…

…our core skills and understanding in a range of contexts and an applied curriculum. We provide low threshold, high ceiling activities to ensure the optimum learning outcomes. We question and use our learning skills to develop independence and perseverance. We work, play together and collaborate. We care for others and learn how to keep safe. We take responsibility for our own learning, for others and for our environment; in school, at home, in our local environment, our country and worldwide. We listen and contribute. We find the questions and solve the problems. We are accountable for our learning and help the teachers to know what we understand and what we need to do next. We learn how to enjoy our lives and future learning and how we can make a contribution to our economic well being.

We aspire to be the best that we can be.


We are a Community School, please click on the policies tab to find the admission arrangements or contact the local authority.