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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 place 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.  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.


Ross Trafford
Principal