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Our school motto is Inspiring People Changing Lives and we believe that every pupil coming to our school will develop a strong personal faith, achieve the best qualifications and be prepared for adult life. We place a high priority on developing the values to make our pupils into good people as well as preparing them to enter the best universities and move onto influential careers.
From the moment a pupil joins our school they are encouraged to believe three things – there are no limits to your achievement, being part of our school family is something to cherish and enjoy and academic success is for everyone. Over the last 18 years the school has become very popular and oversubscribed with parents, examination results are consistently high at GCSE and A level and our pupils have gone on to attend top universities such as Cambridge, Durham and Manchester.
The heart of our school is our Catholic faith and the strong family relationships that exist. We celebrate the diversity of our community and continually look outwards to form positive relationships with other faith groups. Our We Are Family team of staff and pupils promote a celebration of difference and a belief that everyone belongs to our school. Our commitment to a better environment is reflected in our award of Eco Schools Green Flag Award. Our pupils have a voice and we regularly seek their views and opinions on the life of the school. We promote our Catholic faith through daily prayer, Wednesday Word and Family Mass every Friday morning. In our last Diocesan Inspection of the Catholic Life of the School we were judged to be outstanding.
One of the hallmarks of our school is we never stand still and despite consecutive outstanding Ofsted judgements we constantly seek to look forward, to get better and improve the quality of education we offer to every child. The key progress measure for schools, Progress 8, places us among the top schools in the area and the country and our pupil development and leadership programmes stretch and challenge our pupils to be the best they can be. We encourage talent of all kinds – musical, sporting, creative, artistic, linguistic.
Added to this we believe that major innovations such as our Teaching School status, Family Dining, The Edge, Ready to Read, our additional languages such as Latin and Italian, family events for parents and strong extra-curricular provision provide our pupils with an exceptional educational experience. Our success is based on ensuring every child is known, high expectations of everything we do and a relentless focus on outstanding teaching.
Not surprisingly, our academic results and standards have ensured the school is extremely popular with parents and the school is significantly oversubscribed every year with a high demand for places. We strive every day to meet the challenge of our motto Inspiring People Changing Lives. As you look through this website, I hope you will get a flavour of the ambitious, forward thinking, successful and happy family that is Blessed Thomas Holford Catholic College.
John Cornally MBE - Executive Headteacher
Lee Fishwick - Head of School