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Our Family

Welcome to Blessed Thomas Holford Catholic College. We are an 11-18 Catholic College with 1,600 students on roll, including 220 in the Sixth Form. GCSE and A-level results have been consistently excellent over several years, and we are determined to make ourselves an exceptional educational provider.

Our college is highly popular with parents/carers, and we are oversubscribed every year.

The college is named after Blessed Thomas Holford, a 16th-century priest from Cheshire. Thomas Holford (sometimes called Thomas Acton) (1541–1588) was an English Protestant schoolteacher who became a Catholic priest during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. He was martyred at Clerkenwell in London, and is recognised by the Catholic Church as having the status of Blessed.

We are a Catholic family of aspiration, dedicated to all our students excelling spiritually and academically in our school and beyond.

We change lives through our culture of high standards and expectations of everyone who learns and works in our school and a belief that achievement is for all.

Our history

We are situated in the Borough of Trafford in Altrincham. Blessed Thomas Holford Catholic College was founded by the Diocese of Shrewsbury to provide education for children of Catholic families.

We serve the parishes of St Vincent’s, St Hugh’s, St Margaret Ward, St Joseph’s, Holy Family, All Saints, Our Lady of Lourdes, English Martyrs, St Monica’s, St Hugh of Lincoln, St Ann’s , Our Lady of the Rosary, St Teresa’s and St Alphonsus.

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