Future of our school

We are proud to be a successful school that serves our local community and with the support of the Local Authority, and as a result of growing primary school numbers and increased pressure on secondary places in the East of the City, we will incrementally increase student numbers from 1300 to a maximum of 1700 by 2020. 

Values, Care & Achievement

In the years to come we will look to build on the excellent work we are doing as the lead school in the Pathfinder Teaching School Alliance, providing high quality CPD across the city and training the next generation of teachers and leaders. Full details can be found on the Teaching School website, accessible via the following link:

“Teaching schools are outstanding schools that work with others to provide high-quality training and development to new and experienced school staff. They are part of the government’s plan to give schools a central role in raising standards by developing a self-improving and sustainable school-led system”

The Pathfinder Teaching School Alliance was designated in April 2014. The alliance has and will retain a small strategic core allowing us to focus on the areas we consider priorities in our region. Our overarching ethos as a teaching school is to improve the educational provision for pupils and staff across the York, the East Riding and North Yorkshire. We are based at Archbishop Holgate’s School in York but our partnership stretches well into the east Riding and North Yorkshire. We do not have a formal membership structure and are actively seeking to widen our school partnerships and networks.

Mission Statement

  • To work collaboratively in partnership, as a community of schools, to ensure all children are known and cared for as individuals.
  • To demonstrate a commitment to every child, to provide the very best education and to maximise achievement.
  • To share best practice and to provide an environment in which educational theory and practice can be observed, studied and practiced.
  • To recruit and inspire a new generation of colleagues and existing teachers by establishing the very best professional development to support fellow professionals in raising standards and aspirations.
  • To work collaboratively with other schools, the Church of England and educational institutions to establish an educational dialogue, to identify and implement change to continually improve practice at all  schools.
  • To develop through partnership and shared values a vision for education.


Our Teaching School Alliances support schools in six key areas:

  • Initial Teacher Training – lead role in recruiting and training new teachers
  • Continuing Professional Development – peer-to-peer professional & leadership development
  • Succession Planning & Talent Management – identifying & developing leadership potential
  • School to School Support – providing & coordinating support for other schools
  • Specialist Leaders of Education – SLE designate & broker specialist leaders
  • Research & Development – engaging & leading educational research


Our partnership of schools work collaboratively together to deliver a shared vision for education.

Our Strategic Partners are:

  • Hempland Primary School
  • St Mary’s Church of England Primary School
  • Osbaldwick Primary School
  • Wilberfoss Church of England Primary School
  • Warter Church of England Primary School


  • The Diocese of York
  • York Local Authority
  • York University
  • Sheffield Hallam University
  • York St John University

We are delighted to be one of the founder members of the Pathfinder Multi Academy Trust formed in August 2016.  An overview of the aims of the new Trust are included below but full details can be found on the MAT website, accessible via the following link:


The Pathfinder Multi Academy Trust

An inclusive partnership of like-minded Church of England and Community schools underpinned by a shared vision, common values and a commitment to providing an outstanding and holistic education to all the young people we serve.

- As a family of schools, we will work collaboratively to celebrate and nurture both the similarities and distinctiveness of each schools individual ethos and values.

- Ensuring that all young people and their families are known, valued and cared for as individuals.

- Celebrating the uniqueness of all pupils, and through outstanding pastoral care, academic challenge and inspirational teaching supporting each child to flourish, succeed and make a positive contribution to the communities they serve.

- Developing outstanding leadership at all levels that delivers maximum achievement whilst supporting and developing the vision and values that underpin all we do.

- Generating positive and challenging learning environments which allow staff to grow and flourish through excellent professional development.

- Providing and nurturing and ethos in which children learn by example and grow spiritually, morally and socially to understand the uniqueness and diversity of communities, faiths and cultures – locally, nationally and internationally.

- Partnering with other schools, educational institutions and the Church of England to ensure we provide an outstanding education from pre-school to post 16.

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