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Welcome to Blessed Thomas Holford Catholic College.

Blessed Thomas Holford Catholic College is a bright and colourful light in the centre of Altrincham which cannot be hid. It shines out and as a College family seeks to give light to others, do good works and enable us all to become people of challenge, change and transformation.

Each day we celebrate the word of God and pray together as Jesus is at the heart of all we think, do and say. Each person is valued, known and cherished and their gifts are nurtured and blossom in a safe college environment.

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 so we can all let our light shine and give thanks.

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

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

Our history

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 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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