St John Fisher Catholic High School, Harrogate
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|St. John Fisher Catholic High School|
|Type||Voluntary aided school|
|Motto||Educating for Life|
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|Local authority||North Yorkshire|
|Department for Education URN||121717 Tables|
|Age||11 to 19|
The school is set in 22 acres (8.9 ha) on the south side of Harrogate and skirted by Hookstone Wood.
The school buildings were first built in 1903 to hold a Catholic convent school under the Society of the Holy Child Jesus which moved from a building on Clarence Drive near Valley Gardens. The school was founded in 1958 on the site that is now the Area Education Office within the Harrogate High School campus. The school outgrew its facilities and moved to its current site on Hookstone Drive - using the buildings of the convent school although many nuns remained for some time to teach. The sisters of the Order of the Holy Child no longer teach at the school, but do maintain a convent over the road.
Buildings and grounds
Part of the site is made up of the original stone buildings of the convent. The science and technology building (along with the current school hall) was built in 1978 and is of a concrete construction. A sports hall of breeze block construction has since been opened to the rear of the buildings. Because much of the site was not purpose built as a school, many of the main buildings are unsuitable for modern educational use. This has led to a number of portable buildings and prefabricated cabins being built on the grounds. The school has large playing fields to the rear of the site which back onto Hookstone Woods. The school was ranked 20th in the country for public school GCSE results in 2014.
In 2001 the school gained Specialist Arts Status, the first school of its type to gain this status in North Yorkshire. The school then opened the 'Keelan Centre' (named after the former headteacher, Terry Keelan,) a new building linking the existing school and the school sports hall. This facility included a new dance and drama studio along with a new music block.
In September 2016, construction began on a new astro-turf pitch after the school received funding from the FA. This is expected to be completed in early 2017.
The school forms part of an associated sixth form with St. Aidan's Church of England High School.
- "Ground breaking start for St John Fisher's 4G pitch in Harrogate". Harrogate Advertiser. 8 December 2016. Retrieved 17 January 2017.