St Catherine's Catholic High School

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St Catherine's Catholic High School /caddy, formerly Halifax Catholic High School (HCHS)
Motto Nil Ante Deum
(Nothing is before God)
Established August 1957
Closed 31 July 2013
Type Voluntary Aided School
Religion Roman Catholic
Headteacher Mrs P Sheard
Location Holdsworth Road
West Yorkshire
England Coordinates: 53°45′24″N 1°52′34″W / 53.75653°N 1.87599°W / 53.75653; -1.87599
Local authority Calderdale
DfE URN 107581 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 798
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–18
Colours Light Blue and Maroon

St Catherine's Catholic High School was a Catholic comprehensive secondary school in Halifax, West Yorkshire, England. The school was named after Catherine of Siena.

It was an 11 to 18 comprehensive school, with a post 16 curriculum delivered jointly with its neighboring secondary school, Holy Trinity Church of England Senior School (now Trinity Academy, Halifax). It was awarded 'Technology College' status in 2005. In 2012 the school was placed in special measures.[1]


Opening in August 1957 as the St. Thomas More Roman Catholic Secondary School in Holmfield. It was formally opened by the Bishop of Leeds on 14 December 1957. The first headmaster being Jim O"Reilly. The school later became known as Halifax Catholic High School in 1971. Its last name change was in 2000, when it was renamed Saint Catherine's Roman Catholic High School. The school then closed in August 2013. With the last assembly held at St Catherine's in the July of 2013.[2][3][4]The Students were merged with Trinity Academy Halifax in September 2013.

The CBBC show Hank Zipzer is filmed on the old school premises, with the school entrance sign replaced with 'Westbrook Academy'.[5]

Former Saint Catherine's school
Saint Catherine's school transformed for filming of Hank Zipzer

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