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Welcome to Holyhead

posted Oct 5, 2018, 7:56 AM by J Grant
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
Principal
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