Holgate School, Barnsley

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Holgate School Sports College
Motto Fortiter Occupa Portam
(Bravely hold the gate)[nb 1]
Established 1546
Closed 2012
Type Voluntary controlled school
Head Teacher Mr Manderson and Mr Haynes
Chair of Governors Kay Thompson
Founder Robert Holgate, Archbishop of York
Location Shaw Lane
South Yorkshire
S70 6EP
England England
53°33′01″N 1°29′41″W / 53.55035°N 1.49463°W / 53.55035; -1.49463Coordinates: 53°33′01″N 1°29′41″W / 53.55035°N 1.49463°W / 53.55035; -1.49463
Local authority Barnsley
DfE URN 106657 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 952
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–16
Colours black, green, silver
Former name Holgate Grammar School
Website School Website

Holgate School was a state school in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, England. It was closed in 2012, when it was merged with The Kingstone School to form Horizon Community College. After Holgate closed, it was demolished and the site was turned into a car park for Horizon Community College.


It was awarded the status of Sports College in 2005 for its attention to sporting achievements.


Holgate School was founded in 1546 in Hemsworth by Robert Holgate, the Archbishop of York. In 1888 it was re-organised and moved to Barnsley, South Yorkshire.[1] The grammar school had around 850 boys and moved to its present site in 1912. The school has now closed due to the conjoining of the two Barnsley schools Holgate and Kingstone, coming together to form Horizon Community College.

In January 1981, Michael Parkinson said that Barnsley Grammar School was to his education what myxomatosis was to rabbits.[2]


In 1978 it became a fully co-educational comprehensive school, having first admitted its first comprehensive first year intake in 1973. The sixth form went soon after, in 1980.

Academic performance[edit]

It got GCSE results under the England average but about average for Barnsley. Like all schools in Barnsley, except the Barnsley Academy, it had no sixth form, with A levels taken at Barnsley College.

Notable alumni[edit]

Barnsley and District Holgate Grammar School[edit]

Former teachers[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ A pun referring to the founder, Robert Holgate.

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