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School Meals Price Increase from 1st January 2020

posted Dec 17, 2019, 2:21 AM by J Grant   [ updated Dec 20, 2019, 3:41 AM ]

Dear Parent/Carer,

I am writing to inform you that with effect from 1st January 2020 the price of a school meal deal for all students will be increased by 10p to a minimum of £2.40 per day. Therefore, dinner money for one week will be £12.00 which should be paid via Parentmail. The Free School Meals allocation to be used at lunchtime for those students that are eligible will also increase to £2.40 per day. 

Please find the new price list from 1st January 2020 below:

Free Breakfast 8.00-8.30am:

Variety of cereals, bagels or porridge 

Breaktime 10.45-11.00am:         

Muffins, waffles, pasties and fruit and yogurt- priced individually

Lunchtime 12.40-1.40pm: 

  • Hot meal with two sides plus any dessert or any drink £2.40 
  • Sandwich plus any dessert or any drink £2.40 
  • Baguette plus any dessert or any small drink £2.40 
  • Baguette or any large drink £2.55 

Additional purchases will be charged individually. An individual item price list can be viewed on the school website.

If your child is entitled to free school meals (FSM) please ensure that the school is notified. You can check if your child is eligible for free school meals by using the following link:

If you are yet to register to Parentmail please contact the school to request a registration link.

Yours faithfully

Mr R Trafford

Welcome to Holyhead

posted Oct 5, 2018, 7:56 AM by J Grant   [ updated Jan 20, 2020, 1:22 AM ]

Welcome and Introduction

Thank you for your interest in 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 2015. 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.

Handsworth is a special of deep heritage and inclusion. it’s children need care and positive role models to tell us its story, meet its challenges with optimism, pride and resilience and to shape an ambitious future. We provide a generous, broad and thoughtful education. We provide a generous, broad and thoughtful education. our classrooms and our people have a distinctive style, creative way of thinking and commitment to the highest standards imaginable. 

We are not a school who prides itself on positions in league tables (although our students make outstanding progress).  Instead, we pride ourselves on our ability to provide Handsworth with responsible citizens with strong character and limitless potential.  We teach what matters.

There is a magic to Holyhead we must preserve and celebrate every day.  We place amazing relationships at the heart of everything we do.  That’s what makes us so special.









Part of the RSA Family of Academies

Bespoke, forward-thinking approach to CPD and Pedagogy

Broad curriculum

Emphasis on problem-solving, student lead learning and higher order thinking

Intense focus on enrichment and high aspirations

Well developed Character Education programmes- teachers of children first

Literacy and oracy at the core of what we do

Development of leaders at all levels

Focus on self-regulation and positive reinforcement

Nationally designated Teaching School

Active outreach work

Family values at the heart of student support

Curriculum designed to meet community needs

Strong structures for student support

Focus on developing positive relationships

Well developed commitments to wellbeing and workload reduction

high focus on inclusion and equality

Commitment to Quality First Teaching

 Leadership  Organisation  Resilience  initiative  Communication  Excellence  Respect  Responsibility

Behaviour, Attitudes and Personal Development

We take our responsibility to shape tomorrows’ citizens and employees seriously and invest much of our energy into modeling what self-leadership, self-regulation and kindness looks like. We develop a community built upon a foundation of positive relationships that we celebrate and reinforce. We also believe that good character supports higher levels of achievement and we teach our core values around leadership, organization, resilience, initiative and communication to all students and staff via a carefully constructed programme. We believe in restorative conversations and taking responsibility for our actions. We promote honesty, tolerance and kindness.

High standards is how we are able to achieve such great examination results. Our attention to detail and relentless drive to hold each other to account means our attitudes are never defined by our postcode.

Our focus on the highest quality of education extends beyond the classroom and involves all staff. Every interaction is an opportunity to model what we expect. We are all teachers of children. We aim to exceed expectations in every aspect of what we do. That doesn’t just apply to Teaching staff. This commitment to a high performing culture is also present in our passionate support of wider learning and enrichment activities.

If you share our vision and values, we would love to tell you more. We are not satisfied with being outstanding and everything we do is about being better tomorrow than we have been today.

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

Ross Trafford

Alliance of Leading Learning

posted Oct 5, 2018, 7:41 AM by J Grant   [ updated Oct 21, 2019, 5:16 AM ]

Why Choose the Alliance of Leading Learning?

  • Established and reputable GOLD STANDARD (DfE) provider of leadership training both nationally and internationally – training over 6,000 school leaders and governors in the last 4 years. 
  • Excellent value for money through high quality, facilitated, face-to-face training, online support and personal tutor support with final assessment.

Why DfE Performance Review Report 2019

The Alliance of Leading Learning are Exceptional through:
  • Team working, with a very strong moral purpose, and the use of participant feedback to drive continuous improvement. 
  • The expertise of leaders and facilitators which results in the extremely high quality of content and delivery. 
  • The accessibility and responsiveness of the core team which provides highly effective support to all participants.

Holyhead Academy (NPQSL)    Aston Manor Academy (NPQML)


Delivered centrally at 4 star Hotel (Rockery Hall Hotel, Nantwich)

Exam Results

posted Aug 26, 2018, 9:41 AM by J Grant   [ updated Sep 16, 2019, 12:28 AM ]

I am very pleased to confirm that yet again we have achieved fantastic GCSE and A-Level results. 

A Level 

We are very pleased with the A-Level results. With, 17% of students achieving A*-A, 50% A*-B and 83% A*-C and have once again achieved great results which shows a continued sign of progress. There were some truly outstanding individual performances. These results have helped the vast majority of our students to transition on to the next step of their educational journey be it to the University or Apprenticeships of their choice. 

We have achieved ALPS Grade 3 for both A-Level and BTEC Level 3 which keeps us in the top 25% of providers nationally, something that we are proud of. This is a reward for all the amazing effort and support that the staff have put into the teaching and development of the young people who finished last year.


"Parents who send their children to Holyhead can be assured that they get a good deal"
We remain a popular choice because students meet their academic targets and can access post 16 courses. 

Many students surpassed their targets and achieved some truly amazing results! There were lots of happy faces on results day.  Almost everyone has been able to continue with a Sixth Form or College study route. 

Overall, it has been a very positive year at both GCSE and A-Level. 

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