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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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
Religious affiliation(s)Church of England
Established1546; 475 years ago (1546)
FounderRobert Holgate
Department for Education URN136617 Tables
Head teacherAndrew Daly
Age11 to 18


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]


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.

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


  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.
  14. ^ Langdon, Julia (12 November 2019). "Frank Dobson obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 November 2019.
  15. ^ Flett, Dave (24 May 2011). "York and District U13s carve out niche in city's football folklore". The Press. York. Retrieved 15 November 2019.
  16. ^ "Obituary: Donald Shepherd". The Independent. 3 April 1997. Retrieved 2 September 2019

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