“The distinctiveness and effectiveness of Archbishop Holgate’s as a Church of England school are outstanding Archbishop Holgate’s makes a very positive impact on the community it serves. The Christian vision and values are very explicit and drive all areas of school life. Leadership at all levels is exemplary. Consequently, students’ thrive at the Academy.”


Our Vision is one which combines Values, Care and Achievement.

As a Church of England school we strive to ensure that all of our young people are cared for, given every opportunity to develop through academic study, to grow personally and spiritually and to live into being those Values we hold dear in our community and in wider society. Our role as a Church school is to help nurture both academic excellence and to help shape young people who can make a significant contribution to the community they serve. Key to this is a clear recognition that all students have individual gifts and talents and with support every young person can flourish.

As such, the three themes of our vision, Values, Care and Achievement are deliberately expressed in that order, our distinct Christian Values help ensure that every child is cared for as an individual and this in turn will help them to succeed academically. This is reflected in the words of our Patron the Archbishop of York:

“Archbishop Holgate’s School, is built on the model of Christian love, and the challenges of how to live this out day by day in work and relationships. Its ethos reflects the attitude found in the best Church of England schools across the land. An attitude which says there should be no cap on aspiration for students serving one another willingly and with joy, achieving a true education which enables them not only to achieve academic success, but to apply it for the benefit of all, committed to making a difference to the lives of young people and their community.
This is a school, rooted in a joyful trust in God revealed in Jesus Christ, which seeks to serve. And its staff and Governors work to create an educational environment built on the foundations of Christian love, faith and hope, but not restricted to those who call themselves Christians. At its heart, it has the Gospel virtues of Justice, Compassion, Forgiveness and Trust, values which are nurtured in the school community and lived out day by day”.

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Our School Christian Values

Over recent years our School Values of Justice, Compassion, Forgiveness and Trust have been embedded across our school community and permeate all areas of school life.

Perhaps the best example of our values being ‘lived into being’ are our students, through their tireless commitment to charity and volunteering. Some examples include:

Over the last five years over 700 students have achieved their KS3 Young Leaders Award, something that our Sixth Form students are also now undertaking. Last year students contributed to a remarkable range of projects and events. The extensive charity work has included: fundraising for the Fikelela charity in Cape Town; providing cakes to staff in the school’s Learning Support Centre; organising football and hockey tournaments for local children; raising funds for the school Spiritual Garden; setting up a Glee club at a local primary school; looking after pets for neighbours; volunteering at primary schools; and collecting sponsorship for the Race for Life event.

Every year the school raises well over £10,000 for charity with regular fundraising throughout the year. Examples of this include the Christmas Shoe Box appeal, the Sixth Form RAG week, the annual Dancethon and Sponsored Bounce as well as Harvest collections, non-uniform days, cake sales and charity sporting events. We were also the first local school to set up a Food Bank, located in reception we have four collection points, one for each of our Houses and are delighted to say that these are regularly filled.

We are very proud of our links with the Diocese of Cape Town and every two years some of our KS4 students visit South Africa, working with the Fikelela charity to support those less fortunate. As part of this experience the young people have to work in a local orphanage and the extensive fundraising that is completed has allowed for the school to pay for an additional classroom.

As a school community we think it’s important to come together to celebrate whole school occasions. Whilst our Christmas Service in York Minster is perhaps the most well-known of these we also celebrate Christmas and Easter with whole school services and still remain committed to starting the year and ending each term with whole school assemblies. We are also proud to welcome visitors to school such as the Archbishop of York and Archbishop Tutu who blessed our new Spiritual Garden.

“Parents are overwhelmingly proud of the Academy and state ‘the vision statement really attracted us to the school. It is implemented on a day-to-day basis.”