As I begin my thirteenth year leading Archbishop Holgate’s, I do so with an ongoing sense of pride in all we continue to achieve as a school  community.  Last year not only saw a successful Ofsted inspection with the school judged outstanding in all areas, but more importantly was one where students, staff and families continued to work together, showing incredible determination and resilience as well as care and compassion for others to ensure that our students continued to benefit from an excellent all round education.  I am extremely excited about the year ahead and we are fortunate, from September, to have Mr Green-Harding take on the new role as Head of School, working alongside me, to ensure that the day-to-day student experience remains outstanding and that our school remains an ‘exceptional place for pupils to learn’ (Ofsted October 2021).

We understand that the decision about where to entrust the care of your child is extremely important and we thank you for considering Archbishop Holgate’s School. As a school community we pride ourselves on the fact that our students are happy and enjoy the experience of learning with us in all kinds of ways. As an outstanding school we realise that achievement comes in many different forms and we are committed to ensuring that your child has every opportunity to flourish, grow in confidence and make the most of their individual gifts and talents.

The collaboration and relationships between students, parents and school is key to our success as a learning community. Communication is central to these relationships, which is why my colleagues and I will always be available to discuss the education and personal development of your child.  As part of this commitment we send both a newsletter and parent bulletin to families each and every week; and our school Twitter feed and website can also help keep you up-to-date with all the latest news from the school.

“Archbishop Holgate’s is a school where real opportunities for transformation exist”


“Archbishop Holgate’s School is an exceptional place for pupils to learn. The school’s values of justice, compassion, forgiveness and trust are at the heart of every aspect of school life.”


Archbishop Holgate’s is a flourishing school with outstanding examination results, high quality teaching and learning, an inspiring curriculum (complemented by sporting and musical achievements) and a wide, varied programme of extra-curricular opportunities. We seek to nurture aspiration and promote excellence in all our students with whole-school celebrations that embrace the entire school community, such as our Young Leaders Award, end of term assemblies, musical productions and our Christmas Service in York Minster.

We are committed to ensuring that our students develop in all ways and at the heart of all we do is a commitment to ‘Values, Care and Achievement’:

  • Christian values that underpin all we do
  • Outstanding pastoral care that sees each student as an individual
  • Maximum achievement for all students, at all levels

The AHS Journey is unique to our school: it ensures all students have the capacity, at every stage of school life, to develop and fulfil their individual potential. Through bespoke enrichment, extra-curricular and culture packages, students are fully equipped with the skills to reflects upon who they are as people, developing an understanding and ownership of their own personal values and identity whilst appreciating their place and responsibility within the wider communities in which they service.

We know that your son or daughter’s education is precious and as teachers we are privileged to play a part in helping shape so many exciting futures. At Archbishop Holgate’s this is a responsibility that we fully embrace.

“Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.”

Andrew Daly