Thomas Becket Catholic School

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Thomas Becket Catholic School
Motto A Christian School for Excellence
Established 1975
Type Academy
Religion Roman Catholic
Headteacher Mr Jon Davis
Chair Mrs Gemma Johns[1]
Location Becket Way
52°16′12″N 0°51′43″W / 52.2701°N 0.8619°W / 52.2701; -0.8619Coordinates: 52°16′12″N 0°51′43″W / 52.2701°N 0.8619°W / 52.2701; -0.8619
Local authority Northamptonshire[2]
DfE URN 142747 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Students 1032[3]
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–18
Publications The Becket Way, Voice

Thomas Becket Catholic School is a mixed secondary school and sixth form located in Northampton, Northamptonshire, England.


The school was founded in 1977 and was named after St Thomas Becket. It was known as Thomas Becket RC Upper School when Northamptonshire still operated the three-tier system (13+ entry age) and was renamed to its current name when the LEA reverted to the two-tier system (11+ entry).[4][5]

In 2004, students in Years 7 and 8 had to be located in temporary classrooms on the tennis courts because of the insufficient room in the main building. The school authorities unsuccessfully applied to demolish and rebuild the school. The subsequent application to refurbish and extend the school, however, was accepted.[6]

In September 2008, Thomas Becket Catholic School became a Specialist Sports College.[7][8]

Upon the completion of the refurbishment, the school revealed plans to include a bar in the proposed £2 million sports complex which would have included half-a-dozen artificial turf pitches, a full sized pitch and state-of-the art floodlights, sparking controversy among local residents.[9] Although permission was granted for the development, the plans were withdrawn by the developer at the end of 2008, in part because of the lack of support.[10]

Previously a voluntary aided school administered by Northamptonshire County Council, in April 2016 Thomas Becket Catholic School was converted to academy status. The school continues to be under the guidance of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Northampton.

As of 2016 Thomas Becket Catholic School is the only Catholic secondary school in the county.[1]


Most students usually take ten subjects for GCSE, alongside Entry Level Physical Education and PHSE. All pupils must take English (Language and Literature), Double Science, Mathematics, Information Technology, Religious Studies and three other subjects of their choice. A-Level students not taking Religious Studies for A-Level have to take a Level 1 course in it.

The school's KS3 SATs results were over local and national averages in 2007.[11] Its GCSE performance trend rose above local and national averages to 52% in 2002 before falling to 42% in 2003.[12] In 2008, the pass rate in A-Level results rose from 75% to 91%, with a rise from 34.8% to 41% in the proportion of students getting grades A-C,[13] and the proportion of students getting grades A*-C at GCSE level rose to 48.35%, an increase of 11%, with a 5% increase to 34.62% in Maths and English.[14]

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  1. ^ a b "Thomas Becket Catholic School". March 2007 Inspection Report. Ofsted. 26 March 2007. Retrieved 5 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "Tables of findings in the three local authorities 3" (PDF). Department for Children, Schools and Families. 2008-04-09. Retrieved 2008-07-15. 
  3. ^ "School Profile". Ofsted. Retrieved 2008-04-26. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Thomas Becket RC Upper School, Northampton, Northamptonshire". AXCIS Education Recruitment. Retrieved 2008-07-23. 
  5. ^ "Brief History". Information for schools. Northampton County Council. Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2008-07-23. 
  6. ^ "Development Control Committee - Northamptonshire County Council". Northamptonshire County Council.  (HTML version on Google - Development Control Committee - Northampton County Council. Retrieved on 2008-07-23)
  7. ^ "Youth Sport Trust welcomes new Sports Colleges — SkillsActive". Archived from the original on 2011-10-04. 
  8. ^ "Inspection Report of Denominational Character and Religious Education - Thomas Becket Voluntary Aided Catholic School". Northampton Religious Education Service. Archived from the original on 2015-08-12. Retrieved 2015-08-12. 
  9. ^ "Booze sale plan for school site". Chronicle & Echo. 2008-07-28. Retrieved 2008-08-02. 
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  11. ^ "Secondary School (Key Stage 3) Achievement and Attainment Tables 2007". Department for Children, Schools and Families. Retrieved 2008-04-26. 
  12. ^ "BBC NEWS Education League tables". BBC. 2004-11-02. Retrieved 2008-04-26. 
  13. ^ "A-levels: Thomas Becket Catholic School - Northampton Chronicle and Echo". Chronicle & Echo. 2008-08-15. Retrieved 2008-08-21. 
  14. ^ "GCSE 2008". Results Round-up. Chronicle & Echo. 2008-08-22. p. 3.