Welcome from the Head Boy and Head Girl
Archbishop Holgate’s School has a welcoming and social environment, which enables every student to be part of a rewarding community which embodies the Christian school values of compassion, justice, forgiveness and trust. Personal and academic achievement is celebrated within the school community, ensuring all students reach their full potential. The excellent teaching standards at Archbishops are reflected in our outstanding results and the development of our young people. Relationships are easily and quickly formed, with teachers providing professional guidance to students throughout their education. We believe this creates mature, caring and intelligent students who proceed through school and achieve their future pathways.
We are immensely proud of our 57 student leaders in Sixth Form, the biggest cohort in our school’s history and in York. Student leaders are invaluable to the smooth running of the school and outside events, including Parent’s Evenings, guided tours and reflecting the school’s values. There are designated teams of smaller groups of student leader who are particularly passionate about innovating specific elements of school life. These teams vary from sports representatives, communications team and charity representatives. As well as this, the senate meets every week to discuss a variety of issues to make significant changes for the student body. So far this year, we have discussed reforming Sixth Form social spaces as this was a particular issue highlighted by students as well as looking to extend Sixth Form’s charity contributions. Being a student leader is an excellent opportunity for students to take an active role in their school community, such as volunteering that Sixth Formers take part in throughout school life. Particularly, student leaders have been involved with helping the retro gaming club, setting up Access CU and running the St John’s ambulance first aid training. Specifically, as Head Boy and Girl we enjoy working with such a positive team when leading on events such as the Minster Carol Service, parents evenings and visiting local primary schools to conduct literacy and numeracy mentoring.
A fantastic element of our school is the amazing array of extra-curriculum activities available to students. These include: orchestra, drama club, choir, netball teams, VEX robotics and history club as well as many more. Moreover, the school offers extraordinary trip opportunities. As Head Boy and Girl, over our past five years as students at AHS we have been fortunate enough to attend trips to Vietnam, America, Taizé, Paris, Munich, Geneva and Andorra. The great range of trips across a broad subject and culture range offer valuable and enriching experiences for students which enhance our education.
We are both very proud of our school and the values that it embodies. The vast array of opportunities that are offered to all students to create well rounded individuals who thrive in a caring and holistic school community.
(Megan is currently studying History, Politics, English Literature and Philosophy and Ethics and Josh is currently studying Chemistry, Physics, Maths and Further Maths with hopes to study Physics at University.)
Student Council Sub Groups - "Anti-prejudice and discrimination"
At the anti-prejudice and discrimination group we look at issues such as bullying and try to find solutions to combat this in school. So far we have worked on tolerance to the LGBT community and are currently making the anti-bullying policy more readable.
Other student leaders
Year 7School Council representative
“My first year of AHS was a really fun and educational year. In Year 7 I really enjoyed meeting new people and my lessons are great. I have also joined many clubs after school and enjoy the large range of sporting activities every term.”
Year 8School Council representative
“There are many great school trips to go on such as an annual skiing trip. Every two years there is a large trip as well as a trip to Germany where you visit Phantasialand Island and many chances to shop. There is also an Art trip to Florence where you visit many great sites and find lots of interesting buildings to sketch.”
Year 9School Council representative