Archbishop Holgate’s School, A Church of England Academy

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About Archbishop Holgate’s School, A Church of England Academy

Name Archbishop Holgate’s School, A Church of England Academy
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mr Andrew Daly
Address Hull Road, York, YO10 5ZA
Phone Number 01904411341
Phase Academy
Type Academy converter
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1851
Local Authority York
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

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.

Leaders have established a culture of respect, dignity and inclusivity that allows every pupil to thrive.

Leaders place a significant emphasis on the development of pupils' personal qualities. Pupils benefit hugely from the extensive opportunities to learn in and out of the classroom. They value this cultural enrichment.

All staff have very high expectations of pupils. Lessons provide opportunities for pupils to be curious and to reflect on what they have been taught. Pupils...' behaviour is exceptional.

Pupils who require additional support receive it promptly. The school environment is calm and purposeful. Pupils are confident and articulate and produce consistently high-quality work.

Their ability to recall key content from the curriculum is noteworthy.

Pupils enjoy attending this school. They are safe here.

They are resilient and support each other to do well. They get help when they need it from staff. Parents rate the school highly.

Staff are also incredibly proud to work here.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

The curriculum at this school is exemplary. Leaders have thought very carefully about pupils' experiences at the school.

All pupils benefit greatly from lessons in a wide range of subjects, alongside a set of extensive enrichment opportunities. This curriculum is constantly evolving. Leaders have recently reflected on the disruption to pupils' learning caused by the pandemic.

As a result, they have made sensible changes to the Year 9 curriculum to ensure it remains broad and balanced. The sixth-form curriculum is exceptionally strong. Leaders ensure the curriculum is highly ambitious and meets the needs of all pupils.

Subject leaders have meticulous curriculum plans in place for all subjects, across all year groups. Leaders have carefully sequenced every topic, setting out the crucial knowledge and skills that pupils must know and remember. Teachers have strong knowledge of the subjects that they teach.

They deliver lessons with passion. As a result of high-quality training, teachers use a range of strategies to ensure pupils remember what they have been taught.

The support provided for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) is exceptionally strong.

Teachers receive high-quality guidance on how to support these pupils and this is consistently followed. Well trained and knowledgeable teaching assistants play an active role in supporting pupils with SEND. Leaders are fully committed to eradicating any barriers to learning for these pupils.

As a result, all pupils achieve highly.

A deep-rooted culture of reading permeates throughout the school. Pupils in younger years have regular opportunities for reading.

Older pupils are challenged to read a range of classic texts in and out of lessons. Pupils who are at the earlier stages of reading receive effective support from well-qualified staff. Several sixth-form students have also received training in the school's phonics programme to help them provide additional support to younger pupils who are less confident readers.

The school's personal development programme is comprehensive. Pupils have access to an extensive range of extra-curricular clubs. Leaders obtain regular feedback from pupils to ensure enrichment activities continue to meet their needs.

Pupils experience a range of trips and visits to broaden their cultural horizons. Leaders ensure that every pupil benefits from these rich opportunities.

Pupils in all year groups, including those in the sixth form, are provided with many opportunities to prepare for life after school.

Important topics, such as maintaining healthy relationships, preparing for the world of work, and developing leadership skills, are planned and taught exceptionally well. There is also considerable strength in the school's wider provision of careers information and guidance for pupils of all ages.

Pupils' behaviour is excellent.

At all times, pupils are calm, orderly, and respectful. Bullying is not tolerated. Leaders have recently introduced new ways for pupils to report bullying, or any other concerns they have.

Additional staff have been recruited to provide mental health and well-being support for pupils. As a result, pupils feel exceptionally well supported by the school's pastoral team.

All staff feel valued.

They refer to being part of a special community. Leaders proactively consider the workload and well-being of their staff. Close links exist between the school and the wider community.

One parent told us: 'The staff live and breathe the school values, and that is passed on to the pupils. There is a unique and indefinable sense of welcoming at the school, no matter which member of staff you speak to.' The inspection team agrees with this comment.

There is no complacency from leaders or governors. Governors hold leaders strongly to account. Governors ensure that the school fulfils its statutory duties.

Governors and leaders are constantly seeking to adapt and improve the school.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Leaders are tenacious in their efforts to keep pupils safe.

As well as responding rapidly to any concerns, leaders ensure pupils are taught about the local risks they may face. By expanding the pastoral and pupil well-being team, leaders have provided pupils with more places to get help within school. Leaders also work effectively with external agencies where appropriate.

Necessary checks are carried out when new members of staff are appointed to ensure that they are safe to work with pupils. The safeguarding training all staff receive is of the highest quality. This training helps staff to keep pupils safe.

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