All Saints Roman Catholic School, York

All Saints RC School is a split-site coeducational Roman Catholic secondary school and sixth form located in the centre of York, founded in 1686 as Bar Convent Grammar School.

All Saints' Roman Catholic School
Mill Mount Lane

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Coordinates53°57′05″N 1°05′39″W / 53.9513°N 1.0941°W / 53.9513; -1.0941Coordinates: 53°57′05″N 1°05′39″W / 53.9513°N 1.0941°W / 53.9513; -1.0941
TypeVoluntary aided school
MottoFides Caritas Unitas
Faith Love Unity
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
Established1686 1985 (formed into All Saints)
FounderMary Ward & Frances Bedingfeld
Local authorityCity of York
Department for Education URN121720 Tables
Head teacherSharon Keelan-Beardsley[1]
Age11 to 18
HousesBakhita, Bernadette, Bosco, Clitherow, Kolbe, Romero, Teresa, Aloysius, De Porres, Francis
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WebsiteAll Saints RC School Website

The Lower Site educates children aged 11–14 years old, and it is located on Nunnery Lane (A1036) attached to The Bar Convent. It consists of Years 7–9.

The Upper Site educates pupils aged 14–18 years old, located just off Tadcaster Road (A1036) on Mill Mount. It comprises Year 10 and 11 and the Sixth Form. Upper Site is on the former site of Mill Mount County Grammar School for Girls.

The school is located in a central location in York which facilitates its as the only Roman Catholic Secondary school in York and it also takes in pupils from across Yorkshire, to be educated.


All Saints, being the only Roman Catholic secondary school in the York, has a role in the city's Catholic community and history, as well as serving the central York parishes, the school also takes in pupils from parishes and primary schools in Thirsk, Malton, Pocklington and Tadcaster. The school has ties to English Martyrs Church which is 0.2 miles from the upper site. Every year, the whole school gathers within the Minster for All Saints Day.


In the 1600s, York-born nun Mary Ward, began a mission to educate girls in the Catholic faith in order to continue future generations of Catholics. A school was founded and was one of the first Roman Catholic institution for teaching girls in Britain.[2]

Ward's convent-run schools started on the Continent, under the direction of Mary Ward and her community. After the death of Mary Ward, the Sisterhood returned to York in 1686. Wishing his daughters to be given a local, Catholic education, Yorkshire businessman and baronet Sir Thomas Gascoigne gave the Sisterhood £500 to start a small school – the Bar Convent Girls School. The school grew in popularity, and the Convent block in the Lower School site was built to accommodate a boarding school and a Convent.[2]

Drake described the convent in 1736 as 'no more than a boarding school for young ladies of Roman Catholic families'.[3]

In the 1800s, an extra wing was added to accommodate a day school, and in 1925 the Bar Convent School became a Grammar School, enabling locals to apply for scholarships.[2]

Boys were accepted in the mid 1970s and in the early 1980s, on the abolition of the Grammar School system, to secure the future of free education for the Catholic community around York, the responsibility of the school passed from the Sisterhood to the Diocese of Middlesbrough.[2]

In 1985, the Bar Convent School opened its doors as All Saints Roman Catholic School and soon doubled in size with students joining from St Georges and Margaret Clitherow Secondary Schools.[2]

The Bar Convent now shares the Chapel with the Lower School as well as housing the Community of eighteen Mary Ward sisters and Sacristan. It also operates as a guest house, café and museum.

Together with Manor CE Academy, All Saints planned to set up an associated faith-based sixth form run by both schools, which was slated to open in September 2015.[4]

The school was named in July 2019 as a computing hub for the National Centre for Computing Education.[5]

Specialist Schools ProgrammeEdit

All Saints was formerly a Language and Performing arts College which was part of the Specialist schools programme. This meant that it received extra funding for language or arts teaching. It no longer holds this title as the programme was abolished.

Mill Mount Grammar School for GirlsEdit

This was a girls' grammar school on Mill Mount Lane, also known as Mill Mount Girls' Grammar School.

In 1985, the school acquired premises close by, to accommodate the Upper School and Sixth Form. The school site of Mill Mount became All Saints, after plans to merge Nunthorpe Grammar and Mill Mount into a sixth form college fell through.[2]

At the upper (Mill Mount) site the names of previous students (from Mill Mount Grammar School) who have won various awards are displayed on grand wooden panelling lining the main staircase, that curves up from the main white door past the headteacher's office and library.

Building relocation/modernisationEdit

In 2022, the debate of whether the school buildings are fit for use and whether they were big enough to accommodate the numbers of children at the school arose again,[6] this was previously discussed in 2013:

Mr Bill Scriven, headmaster, announced the will to find a new site citing economic and wellbeing reasons. “Running a split-site school costs us about £300,000 extra a year, an allowance from the council but (...) the rest of the money coming from our budget. If we were in one building we would be able to avoid a lot of the current duplication of costs.” “There would also be a lot less time and energy lost getting staff between sites for lessons."[7]

Rachael Maskell, brought up the problems of the school's sites in parliament, in March 2022, in order to show the disrepair in UK schools and ask for a rebuilding grant for the school. She discussed problems of the old buildings and the "risks" of not receiving the grant, All Saints "passed the bar in terms of the nomination process"[8] for rebuilding.[9]


Academic ResultsEdit

GCSE and A level results are in the top 25% of UK schools and the Sixth Form's results are in the top 10% of the country.[citation needed]


Since 2016 the School has been rated outstanding by Ofsted- the highest rating attainable by a school.

During the 2016 Ofsted report it was stated that "Teaching, learning and assessment continue to improve year on year. Teachers are passionate, enthusiastic, demonstrate exceptional subject knowledge, provide valuable feedback to pupils and make effective checks on pupils’ learning. This leads to pupils making outstanding progress".[10]


Mill Mount Grammar School for GirlsEdit

Mill Mount Grammar School for Girls was incorporated into Milthorpe school but was situated in All Saints upper site

Bar Convent Grammar SchoolEdit

All Saints RC SchoolEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "All Saints Roman Catholic School | Senior Leadership Team". Retrieved 29 March 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "All Saints Roman Catholic School | Our History". Retrieved 21 March 2022.
  3. ^ "Bar Convent School Pictures". Retrieved 21 March 2022.
  4. ^ "York schools plan to create joint sixth form". York Press. Retrieved 21 April 2022.
  5. ^ "All Saints Roman Catholic School | Computer Hub". Retrieved 21 March 2022.
  6. ^ ""I cannot believe there is a more urgent case" – new York secondary school plans". York Press. Retrieved 24 April 2022.
  7. ^ "York set for new £20m school". York Press. Retrieved 24 April 2022.
  8. ^ "York All Saints School pupils put at risk by urinating revellers – MP". BBC News. 25 March 2022. Retrieved 24 April 2022.
  9. ^ ""I cannot believe there is a more urgent case" – new York secondary school plans". York Press. Retrieved 24 April 2022.
  10. ^ "All Saints Roman Catholic School | Teaching And Learning". Retrieved 21 April 2022.
  11. ^ "Anna's on the right track". York Press. Retrieved 21 April 2022.

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