Archbishop Holgate's School
|Religion||Church of England|
|Location||Hull Road, Tang Hall
|DfE URN||136617 Tables|
The school was founded as Archbishop Holgate's Grammar School in 1546 by Robert Holgate, the then Archbishop of York. The link between the school and successive Archbishops of York has been continuous throughout the school's history, and as recently as 2004, the Archbishop of York held the post of Chair of Governors for the school.
In 1858 the school moved to Lord Mayor's Walk (now occupied by York St John University) in 1858, and moved again in 1963 to its present purpose-built £180,000 home in Badger Hill, off Hull Road. It was administered by the City of York Education Committee.
Arthur Holderness M.Sc, F.R.I.C, was senior chemistry master after the Second World War and he, along with John Lambert, wrote the highly successful and celebrated O-level chemistry text book School Certificate Chemistry and later New Certificate Chemistry.
Until 1985, it was an all-boys' grammar school. With the reorganisation of education in York in 1985, the school changed its name to Archbishop Holgate's School, and became a co-educational [comprehensive] school. During this transition period the outdoor swimming pool was converted to an indoor pool, a new sports hall was built, and upgrades were made to music, design and technology, home economics and other facilities. The school's facilities now include an indoor heated swimming pool, a chapel and a boathouse on the River Ouse. In 2009 a £4.3 million two-storey learning centre with landscaping, parking and bike storage, called the LearningCentre@AHS was built, and now serves as the home of the school's sixth form facilities.
On 1 April 2011, Archbishop Holgate's School officially gained academy status. The school built new two-storey English block which opened in late April 2014. The new block will teach English with the current English rooms to be converted to new science rooms. The school development is for expansion due to a larger intake of students because of the closure of Burnholme community college and new housing estates.
Recent headmasters have included Donald Frith OBE (1959–1978), Dr J M Frost (1979–1984), and Alan Walker, an old boy and former English teacher at the school (1984–92), all of whom have since died. Dr Frost went on to become principal of the then-New York 6th Form college (now York College (York)), established in the building previously occupied by Ashfield Secondary Modern School, and opened as part of the reorganisation in 1985. The last headmaster was John Harris (1992–2010), who joined the school when it had the lowest results in York, and saw it through expansion from 439 students in 1992 to almost 900 and the best exam results in the school's history before his retirement in 2010. The current headmaster is Andrew Daly, who prior to joining the school, held a position in the senior leadership team at St Wilfrid's Catholic School and Sixth Form College in Wakefield.
In 2007 the school was inspected by Ofsted and was judged as "outstanding". Similar to most secondary schools in York, it gets well above-average GCSE results, with 70% of Year 11 students achieving five or more A*-C grades including English and Maths in 2009 (87% achieved five or more GCSE passes at grade C and above).
Notable former pupils
Archbishop's Holgate Grammar School
- Henry Swinburne, noted ecclesiastical lawyer and canon law writer (1560s)
- Albert Joseph Moore, painter (1850s)
- Major John Bellerby MC, Brunner Professor of Economic Science from 1930–32 at the University of Liverpool, who married the poet Frances Bellerby (1907–14)
- Air Commodore John Lawrance CBE (1911–8)
- Sir Walter Cawood KBE, Chief Scientist of the War Office from 1960–4 (1918–25)
- Eric Haddon CB, Director from 1961–8 of the Chemical Defence Establishment at Porton Down (1919–26)
- John McKenzie CMG MBE, UK Ambassador to Iceland from 1970–5 (1926–33)
- Prof Alan Prest, Professor of Economics from 1970–84 at the London School of Economics (LSE), Stanley Jevons Professor of Political Economy from 1968–70 at the University of Manchester (1930–7)
- Wing Commander Les Harland DFC (1931–6)
- Major Graham Dunnett, Lord Lieutenant of Caithness from 1995–2004 (1940–7)
- Basil Bean CBE, chief executive of the NHBC from 1996–7 and chief executive from 1980–5 of the Merseyside Development Corporation (1942–9)
- Peter Woodthorpe, actor (1943–50)
- Prof Philip Stell MBE, Professor of Oto-rhino-laryngology from 1979–92 at the University of Liverpool, and President from 1983–6 of the Otorhinolaryngological Research Society (1945–52)
- Frank Dobson, Labour MP for Holborn and St Pancras, former Secretary of State for Health (1951–8)
- Geoffrey McGivern, Cambridge Footlights, (stage, radio and TV) (1963–71)
- Richard Douglas (civil servant) CB, chief operating officer since 2001 of the Department of Health (1968–75)
- Paul Grice, Clerk and chief executive of the Scottish Parliament (1972–9)
- Jon Champion, ITV sports commentator (1976–83)
- Neil Grayson, Former professional footballer (1976–81)
Sports and Extra Curricular
- Junior Choir
- Senior Choir
- Archbishop Holgate's School, Newsletter to Parents 141, "Visit of His Grace the Archbishop of York", March 2006. Retrieved 2010-09-20.
- Archbishop Holgate's School, Newsletter to Parents, "Farewell to the Archbishop" (archived copy), December 2004. Retrieved 2010-09-20.
- White's Directory, entry of "professions and trades" for York, 1840.
- Stephen Lewis, Staying power of new sixth-form centre at Archbishop Holgate’s School, York Press, 14 September 2009. Retrieved 2010-09-20.
- Haydn Lewis, "£4 million plan for York school building", York Press, 18 April 2008. Accessed 18 April 2008.
- "Lessons start at Archbishop Holgate's School's £4m new learning centre (From York Press)". York Press. 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-16.
- Julie Hayes, Last day for Archbishop Holgate’s CE School head teacher John Harris, York Press, 23 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-20.
- Dan Bean, New head teacher, Andrew Daly, of Archbishop’s Holgate School [sic] looks to the future, York Press, 16 September 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-20.
- Terry Holland HMI for Ofsted, Section 5 Inspection (23/01/2007), HM Government, 13 February 2007. Retrieved 2010-09-20.
- DSCF, Achievement and attainment tables 2009: Archbishop Holgate's School, HM Government 2009. Retrieved 2010-09-20.
- Haydn Lewis, Students in York receive 2010 GCSE results, York Press', 25 August 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-20.
- Archbishop Holgate's School (official school website)
- Archbishop Holgate's Grammar School website (offering information on the early-to-mid 20th century and early history)
- Archbishop Holgate's Grammar School (offering more information on the last few years)
- Archival material relating to Archbishop Holgate Grammar School listed at the UK National Archives