Pontefract is a historic market town located in the county of West Yorkshire, England. It lies near the A1 motorway and is close to both Leeds and Wakefield. The town is rich in history, with its market square being one of the oldest in England, founded in 1205. Pontefract Castle was also a major stronghold during the civil war and was famously besieged by Oliver Cromwell. Today, Pontefract is still a bustling market town with plenty to offer visitors. From its weekly markets and independent shops, to its friendly pubs, eateries and unique attractions such as Pontefract Museum, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in this charming Yorkshire town.
Pontefract is home to a number of excellent schools, both primary and secondary. Within the town there are four state-funded primary schools – St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Park Junior & Infant School, All Saints Community Primary School and Tanshelf Community Junior School. These provide a safe and stimulating environment for young children to develop and learn. Pontefract also has two secondary schools – The King’s School and Outwood Academy, both of which boast a positive learning environment and success in exam results. Pontefract is fortunate to have such excellent educational facilities on its doorstep.