Hemsworth Arts and Community Academy is the first in the area to be given an award for its inclusive education.
The academy is the first school in the Pontefract area to be given the national Inclusion Quality Mark.
The award goes to schools that recognise diversity and where all pupils are given equal opportunities regardless of their age, gender, ethnicity or background.
The award was given after a three-day assessment at the school.
A report by the assessors said: “Hemsworth Academy is a warm and friendly learning community.
“First impressions on arriving are of confident children and caring teaching and pastoral staff in a well organised learning environment.
“Children with a range of needs are welcomed at Hemsworth; parents appreciate the support their children have been given to enable them to progress.”
Graham Thomas, the academy’s vice principal, said: “This is a celebration of the comprehensive range of inclusive provision made for all students at the academy.
“It also reflects the positive way in which the academy works with parents, the community and a range of outside agencies to support students in our care and give them every opportunity to reach their full potential.”
The school will receive a plaque at an awards ceremony in London in September.