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Welcome to Holyhead

posted Oct 5, 2018, 7:56 AM by J Grant   [ updated Oct 1, 2019, 7:55 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.

What makes Holyhead special is our commitment to learning without limits. Students enter the school with attainment levels significantly below the national average (RaiseOnline) 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, 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 them 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.

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 Nov 5, 2018, 5:48 AM ]

We are proud to announce that Holyhead School and Aston Manor Academy are part of the NPQ consortium of schools in partnership with the Alliance of Leading Learning. We have been accredited to deliver the gold standard NPQSL training programme through our experienced facilitators and tailored approach that is specifically designed to meet individual leadership needs.

Presently, there are FULLY funded places and scholarships available for category 5 & 6 schools (Sandwell, Wolverhampton, Walsall and Dudley). This means that you can train your middle leaders for FREE. Without a doubt, this is a fantastic opportunity to develop some of your strongest staff by providing a high-quality CPD programme that is linked with an accredited qualification. This training is available locally at Holyhead School and Aston Manor Academy - both within easy reach of your school and we have a limited number of places still available.

In order for aspiring and serving senior leaders to receive their qualification, they will need to lead an improvement project across their school, lasting at least two terms, to reduce variation in pupil progress and attainment and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of teaching. Once again a 'win-win' situation for staff within your school.

Please click on the relevant link below and follow the instructions within the flyer to register your aspiring leaders.


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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