“Excellent teaching and support for learning.”


Whilst the national directive on curriculum continues to dictate much of what a child should study throughout Key Stage 3 & 4, at Archbishop Holgate’s we strongly believe in the education of the whole child.

The curriculum at Archbishop Holgate’s School has been carefully constructed in order to provide opportunities for students to develop socially, morally, spiritually and culturally, alongside maximising the achievement in a broad and rich suite of qualifications that combine the academic rigour of traditional qualifications alongside vocational learning.

The curriculum and combination of qualifications offered to students has been constructed with both national and local labour market information in mind. All students are known and supported regardless of individual needs, background and starting points, as we work to help them realise their future aspirations together.

AHS is an exceptionally high-performing comprehensive school that recognises and nurtures pupils who present a range of skills, knowledge and talent.

In Year 7 and 8 students will study up to 14 subjects as they access an extensive broad and rich curriculum. Within Year 9, students will engage in a transition year in which the focus is developing key skills, curriculum enrichment and cultural capital.

Our GCSE courses begin in Year 10 and we are delighted to continue to offer a suite of Creative Arts based subjects at Key Stage 4 alongside vocational qualifications and traditional GCSE qualifications. Vocational courses include Engineering, Enterprise, ICT, Health and Social Care, Media, Sport alongside a host of Creative Arts subjects including Art, Drama, Graphics, and Textiles. Students wishing to gain an understanding of the modern world can do so through Sociology or Travel & Tourism.

Our values driven curriculum is enhanced further with a RE and PSHCE curriculum that embraces the development of the whole child, raising their awareness of all aspects of Spirituality, Social Justice, and Moral Conduct and supports students to become well-rounded citizens ready to tackle the challenges of the modern world.

“Archbishop Holgate’s is an outstanding school because it has recognised the crucial importance of getting it right in the classroom… The school’s work as a national Teaching School is also recognising the central importance of sharing expertise around what makes for effective pedagogy.”


For more information about any aspect of our curriculum please contact Mr A Green-Harding, Deputy Headteacher, on 01904 411341 or email reception@archbishopholgates.org