Teachers and pupils at Castleford Academy are celebrating after the school was praised for its sporting success in a glowing report by Ofsted.
The Ferrybridge Road schoolhas been used as a case study for its success in introducing youngsters to competitive sport.
The Ofsted report praises the school’s achievements in producing professional rugby league players.
George Panayiotou, headteacher, said: “As a former PE teacher myself, it is very pleasing to be highlighted in this way.
“It is a real credit to the PE department and to the students.
“To be recognised nationally as a centre of excellence is a huge achievement.”
Professional rugby league players Craig Huby, of Castleford Tigers, Brett Ferres, of Huddersfield Giants, Kyle Wood, of Wakefield Trinity Wildcats and Joe Arundel, of Hull FC, all studied at the school.
England international cricketer Tim Bresnan is also a former student at Castleford Academy.
Mr Panayiotou added: “I think being recognised in this way is down to a number of things.
“We have high expectations of children in sport and academically.
“We also have a really good relationship with junior and amateur sports teams across the area.”
The school will be hoping to add to its sporting success later this summer when six teams tread the hallowed turf of Wembley before the Challenge Cup final on Saturday, August 23.
The boys’ teams from years seven, eight and ten, along with girls’ teams from years-seven, nine and ten will play in the finals of the Champion Schools competition as the curtain raiser to the final, which could involve Castleford Tigers.