• Welcome to Holyhead
    Thank you for taking the time to visit Holyhead School. We are an 11-19 Academy at the heart of Soho Ward, a vibrant and aspirational community with a deep sense of its own heritage and culture.

    Ofsted recognised us as ‘Outstanding’ in 2013 and again in 2017. More importantly, the local community recognise the value of our work and consequently, there is a high demand for school and Sixth Form places. There is always a high level of interest in our work and I am very proud of the amazing reputation that we have both locally and nationally.

    We are part of the RSA Family of Academies which means a commitment at all levels to Arts, Culture and Creativity. We are also at the forefront of approaches to promoting positive mental health. Our final RSA commitment is about creating opportunities for students to excel in the World Beyond School. We are a stand-alone Academy, but proud of our collaborative work with the Royal Society for Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.

    In addition to a rich curriculum, we pride ourselves in innovative approaches to Teaching and Learning. Our dedication to training and developing high-quality teachers has been recognised via our designation as a National Teaching School.

    These are two examples of our desire to be the best at everything we do. That is how you inspire and awaken learning!

    What makes Holyhead special is our commitment to learning without limits. Students enter the school with attainment levels significantly below the national average (ISDR) but go on to achieve whatever they set their minds to. More students than you find at other schools, go on to employment, Higher Education and Apprenticeships. They attend Russell Group Universities and read the most competitive courses you can imagine. They become Engineers, Lawyers, Accountants, Entrepreneurs and Doctors etc, but they also become well-rounded individuals who understand how to keep safe, how to articulate themselves and how to respect diversity, equality and active citizenship. 

    We invest a lot in developing the strength of their character, making students independent and confident with vision and intellectual curiosity.

    The focus on the development of character extends to staff. Whilst we have a strong commitment to staff wellbeing and CPD. We also expect staff to become role models for the school community. Our induction, staff incentive scheme and person specifications place an emphasis on Leadership, Organisation, Resilience, Initiative and Communication.

    Despite being an Outstanding school, we are still not satisfied. We are all working hard to take the school to even greater heights and the real challenge for us is to ensure that the whole community, parents/carers, students and staff work in harmony to further raise aspirations and standards in the years to come.

    If you share our vision and values, we would love to tell you more. 

    Once again, I thank you for showing an interest in learning more about our special community.

    Ross Trafford
    Posted Oct 5, 2018, 7:56 AM by J Grant
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  • Careers talk on the Scientific World in the NHS ‘Careers talk on the Scientific World in the NHS’On Friday 29th June we were privileged to welcome and host Professor Ian Cumming CEO, NHS,  he talked about a number ...
    Posted Jul 18, 2018, 4:34 AM by R Dhanjal
  • What a Buzz! Can Only Be the Spelling Bee 2018 What a Buzz!Can Only Be the Spelling Bee2018Thursday 7th March was the day of the final round for Holyhead’s Spelling Bee. The excitement and the cheering ...
    Posted Jul 18, 2018, 4:33 AM by R Dhanjal
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  • RSA Academies Newsletter - 4th October 2018
    Posted Oct 5, 2018, 7:01 AM by J Grant
  • Who is part of the RSA Family of Academies? The RSA family of Academies are built around principles of democracy and collaboration and together with our schools see ourselves as a Family. We aim to give learners the broad ...
    Posted May 17, 2016, 2:36 AM by J Grant
  • The RSA Family of Academies The RSA’s mission is to find innovative practical solutions to social problems. We do this through hands-on projects, research and our 27,000 Fellows around the world. We ...
    Posted May 17, 2016, 12:41 AM by J Grant
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Student News

  • RSA 8 On Wednesday 21st November a group of Year 8 students visited Ipsley RSA Academy in Redditch as part of the RSA 8 Leadership programme and we were joined by the ...
    Posted Jan 8, 2019, 1:19 AM by J Grant
  • Japan Experience: Sixth Form Travel Tour 2018 The 9-day Study Tour took place during the 2018 October half term holiday and involved 12 Year 13 students accompanied by Mr Knox, Mrs Honeyghan and Mrs Mander along ...
    Posted Jan 8, 2019, 12:57 AM by J Grant
  • Soweto and Xhosa Watch our very own BBC Young Jazz Musician 2018 Xhosa Cole and local award-winning saxophonist Soweto Kinch, perform an interview for the BBC, while conducting a music workshop here ...
    Posted Jan 9, 2019, 12:29 AM by J Grant
  • Telling the other story: Narratives without borders Home was here: Birmingham, England. Home was not in Limerick, Ireland; approximately 372 miles away. But one long weekend has managed to change my very idea of home and now ...
    Posted Dec 13, 2018, 1:26 AM by J Grant
  • GB Athlete David Smith Visits Holyhead On October 10th, all Year 7 students and some sports students took part in a fundraising activity through Sports For Champions UK. This company helps to raise funds for young ...
    Posted Jan 10, 2019, 2:01 AM by J Grant
  • Enrichment at Holyhead - Pulse Magazine Pulse Magazine - Autumn 2018.
    Posted Dec 13, 2018, 6:52 AM by J Grant
  • Access Extended Learning Resources All the Extended Learning Resources are now available from one single location:-http://www.holyheadschool.org.uk/student/on-line-resources
    Posted Oct 15, 2015, 1:48 AM by Mark Giudici
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Sixth Form News

  • In-house enrichment: Classroom assistants During an assembly at the beginning of this academic year, the Sixth Form Team spoke to Year 12 and 13 about how important it is to add to their CV ...
    Posted Jan 8, 2019, 12:54 AM by J Grant
  • University Destinations 2018                      The following table provides information on the Sixth Form students who have successfully gained entry onto the course and into the University of their choice for this year. Congratulations to ...
    Posted Oct 17, 2018, 2:50 AM by J Grant
  • UCAS Information & Qualification Offering Update                      Holyhead is a highly successful Inner Ring 11-18 Academy. The neighbourhood is in the top 10% of deprived areas nationally and 56% of students are entitled to free school ...
    Posted Oct 12, 2018, 12:26 AM by J Grant
  • A Level Exam Results I am very pleased to confirm that yet again we have achieved fantastic A Level results. A Level We have had another exceptional year for A Levels with our current ...
    Posted Oct 8, 2018, 6:07 AM by J Grant
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