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Archbishop Holgate's School

Archbishop Holgate's School is a coeducational Church of England secondary school and sixth form with academy status, located in York, North Yorkshire, England.

Archbishop Holgate's School
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Hull Road, Tang Hall
York, North Yorkshire, YO10 5ZA
Coordinates53°57′09″N 1°02′28″W / 53.9524°N 1.0411°W / 53.9524; -1.0411Coordinates: 53°57′09″N 1°02′28″W / 53.9524°N 1.0411°W / 53.9524; -1.0411
School typeAcademy
Religious affiliation(s)Church of England
FounderRobert Holgate
Department for Education URN136617 Tables
Head teacherAndrew Daly
Age11 to 18
Number of students1037



The current headmaster is Andrew Daly. It is situated in the east of York, on the A1079, just east of the University of York in the parish of St Paul, Heslington.


The school was founded as Archbishop Holgate's Grammar School in 1546 by Robert Holgate, the then Archbishop of York. The link between the school and successive Archbishops of York has been continuous throughout the school's history,[1] and as recently as 2004, the Archbishop of York held the post of Chair of Governors for the school.[2]

Grammar SchoolEdit

The original grammar school was in Ogleforth near York Minster. In the 1800s it was referred to as "The Rev. Shackley's School", and Thomas Cooke taught there.[3]

In 1858 the school moved to Lord Mayor's Walk (now occupied by York St John University) in 1858, and moved again in 1963 to its present purpose-built £180,000[citation needed] home in Badger Hill, off Hull Road. It was administered by the City of York Education Committee.

Arthur Holderness M.Sc, F.R.I.C, was senior chemistry master after the Second World War and he, along with John Lambert, wrote the highly successful and celebrated O-level chemistry textbook School Certificate Chemistry and later New Certificate Chemistry.


Until 1985, it was an all-boys' grammar school. With the reorganisation of education in York in 1985, the school changed its name to Archbishop Holgate's School, and became a co-educational [comprehensive] school. During this transition period the outdoor swimming pool was converted to an indoor pool, a new sports hall was built, and upgrades were made to music, design and technology, home economics and other facilities. The school's facilities now include an indoor heated swimming pool, a chapel and a boathouse on the River Ouse. In 2009 a £4.3 million[4] two-storey learning centre with landscaping, parking and bike storage, called the LearningCentre@AHS was built,[5][6] and now serves as the home of the school's sixth form facilities.


On 1 April 2011, Archbishop Holgate's School officially gained academy status. The school built new two-storey English block which opened in late April 2014. The new block will teach English with the current English rooms to be converted to new science rooms. The school development is for expansion due to a larger intake of students because of the closure of Burnholme community college and new housing estates. In 2016, they also built a new Canteen for the year 9 and 10's.

Former headteachersEdit

Recent headmasters have included Donald Frith OBE (1959–1978), Dr J M Frost (1979–1984), and Alan Walker, an old boy and former English teacher at the school (1984–92), all of whom have since died. Dr Frost went on to become principal of the then-New York 6th Form college (now York College (York)), established in the building previously occupied by Ashfield Secondary Modern School, and opened as part of the reorganisation in 1985. The last headmaster was John Harris (1992–2010), who joined the school when it had the lowest results in York, and saw it through expansion from 439 students in 1992 to almost 900 and the best exam results in the school's history before his retirement in 2010.[7] The current headmaster is Andrew Daly, who prior to joining the school, held a position in the senior leadership team at St Wilfrid's Catholic School and Sixth Form College in Wakefield.[8]

Academic performanceEdit

In 2007 the school was inspected by Ofsted and was judged as "outstanding".[9] Similar to most secondary schools in York, it gets well above-average GCSE results,[10] with 70% of Year 11 students achieving five or more A*-C grades including English and Maths in 2009 (87% achieved five or more GCSE passes at grade C and above).[11]

Notable former pupilsEdit

Archbishop Holgate's Grammar SchoolEdit

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Sports and Extra CurricularEdit

  • Junior Choir
  • Senior Choir
  • Retro Gaming
  • Rounders (years 7-9)
  • Rounders (years 10-11)


  1. ^ Archbishop Holgate's School, Newsletter to Parents 141, "Visit of His Grace the Archbishop of York" Archived 18 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine., March 2006. Retrieved 20 September 2010.
  2. ^ Archbishop Holgate's School, Newsletter to Parents, "Farewell to the Archbishop" (archived copy), December 2004. Retrieved 20 September 2010.
  3. ^ White's Directory, entry of "professions and trades" for York, 1840.
  4. ^ Stephen Lewis (14 September 2009). "Staying power of new sixth-form centre at Archbishop Holgate's School". York Press. Retrieved 12 September 2017.
  5. ^ Haydn Lewis (18 April 2008). ""£4 million plan for York school building". York Press. Retrieved 12 September 2017.
  6. ^ "Lessons start at Archbishop Holgate's School's £4m new learning centre (From York Press)". York Press. 8 September 2009. Retrieved 3 July 2018.
  7. ^ Julie Hayes (23 July 2010). "Last day for Archbishop Holgate's CE School head teacher John Harris". York Press. Retrieved 12 September 2017.
  8. ^ Dan Bean (16 September 2010). "New head teacher, Andrew Daly, of Archbishop's Holgate School [sic] looks to the future". York Press. Retrieved 12 September 2017.
  9. ^ Terry Holland HMI for Ofsted, Section 5 Inspection (23/01/2007) Archived 16 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine., HM Government, 13 February 2007. Retrieved 20 September 2010.
  10. ^ Department for Education, Achievement and attainment tables 2009: Archbishop Holgate's School, HM Government 2009. Retrieved 12 September 2017.
  11. ^ Haydn Lewis (25 August 2010). "Students in York receive 2010 GCSE results". York Press. Retrieved 12 September 2017.
  12. ^ "Wing Commander Les Harland". The Telegraph. 18 August 2009. Retrieved 12 September 2017.
  13. ^ "Former Spitfire pilot dies aged 94". York Press. 14 November 2013. Retrieved 5 April 2018.

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