Welcome from our School Captains

School Captains, Amelia and Olivia

Archbishop Holgate’s School is outstanding because of everything we represent – predominantly reflected through our principles of values, care and achievement. We truly believe that these principles make Archbishop Holgate’s School a happy, safe and supportive learning environment, where students and teachers alike feel secure and confident. Personal and academic achievement is celebrated within the school community, ensuring that every student is supported in reaching their potential. The consistent support and excellent teaching standards at Archbishop Holgate’s are reflected in the outstanding results and also in the confidence that students develop to believe in their abilities and the opportunities that are awaiting them after they finish their studies here. Moreover, the school takes the time to nurture every child and enable them to become enthusiastic and well-rounded individuals that enjoy contributing to their community, a trait that students will carry forward into the rest of their lives.

As School Captains, we enjoy working with a supportive and proactive team that is as passionate about Archbishop Holgate’s as we are. Our 38 Student Leaders are proudly the only cohort in our school’s history to have individual roles catered to helping the school community. Student Leaders are a vital part of main school and Sixth Form life as they provide a network of young adults who can maturely and effectively communicate between the student cohort and staff body. They also play a key role in helping the school to grow and develop, through, for example, strengthening the role of student voice within school and playing their part in collective worship. Furthermore, Student Leaders have incredibly important roles within, and also beyond, the school community as they are ambassadors for the school. Our student leader body is divided into groups, who focus on improving their section of the school. These include Charity, Campaign Awareness and Student Voice.  They also support the school at a variety of different events such as the York Minster Carol Service, Open Evenings and Parents’ Evenings, representing the school and its Christian values, and so embody all that is best about our school. To aid their contributions to both the school and wider community, the Senate meets every other week to discuss a range of issues to make a direct change for the student body within Sixth Form and across main school. So far this year, we have organised and discussed several issues followed by solutions in Senate which are now in the process of being implemented such as setting up a network of environmental pressure groups around York and encouraging main school to take larger roles in charity events.

We also believe that the school is outstanding due to the opportunities it offers, including extra-curricular clubs, programmes such as the Duke of Edinburgh Award, and a variety of trips which cater for the wide range of students that come to Archbishop Holgate’s School. The range of trips across a broad subject and cultural spectrum offer valuable and enriching experiences which truly enhance education. Between us, as School Captains, we have visited Germany, Sicily, Spain, London and have both completed the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award – all of which provided enriching and interesting experiences that have helped shape us as students. As part of our enrichment opportunities, we have also both taken part in the debate club, where we publicly expressed our passion for politics and social issues.

We are both very proud of our school and the Christian values that it embodies. The generous array of opportunities that are offered to every student work towards creating well-rounded individuals who thrive in a caring and holistic school environment as they also thrive in the wider community.