Together we step out in faith, weathering the storms that may challenge us, confident that Christ is with us and united as a holy family.

‘Together we step out in faith, weathering the storms that may challenge us, confident that Christ is with us and united as a holy family.

"A family in every sense of the word"

"Good in every aspect"


We nurture, motivate & raise aspirations.

Welcome to the Holy Family School

To Increase in wisdom and grace


Supportive and caring


Headteacher’s Welcome

headtecherWelcome to our website and thank you for taking the time to find out more about us. Holy Family Catholic High School is an outstanding Catholic secondary school that was graded ‘good’ for overall effectiveness in its most recent Ofsted inspection.

We are a small and inclusive secondary school located in Carlton, North Yorkshire.Our Catholic ethos sets us apart from other schools locally.

At Holy Family our mission is to help all pupils ‘to increase in wisdom and grace’ by working in genuine partnership with parents and carers to provide an outstanding education for all pupils that allows each one of them to achieve their potential academically, develop personally and grow spiritually. Every pupil is recognised and valued as an individual and as Head Teacher I am committed to ensuring that no child in my care is left behind.  

We encourage all our students to use their God-given talents to be the best they can be and as a result of our outstanding personalised support and high quality of teaching, our pupils leave with the qualifications, key skills and attributes they need to not only prosper personally but also, contribute to society and the common good.

If you'd like to find out more about us or come for a look around, please do get in touch.

I look forward to welcoming you personally to Holy Family.

Louise Wilson


Prom 2016

Our Year 11 leavers’ prom took place on Thursday evening at Carlton Towers providing students with an opportunity to celebrate their time at Holy Family High School with their peers and teachers. The event was deemed very successful and enjoyed by all who attended.

Read more: Prom 2016

Eurofest 2016

20 Year 8 students participated in Eurofest, which is a languages competition for local schools, where stands must sell products (of their own making) to businesses. Students also must create a ‘Tourist Office’ and inform buyers of what there is in the local area and directions on how to get there. Students were then given an opportunity to experience more languages such as Russian, Swedish, Portuguese and Italian. We had a successful day, winning ‘Best Overall School’ and ‘Best Overall Tourist Stand’. The students should be very proud of themselves. Congratulations to all the students involved!

Read more: Eurofest 2016

Carlton Incident

Dear Parent/Guardian

Most of you will be aware that an incident involving the police occurred this afternoon in Carlton village. School was initially informed of the incident from a local resident at approximately 1.30pm and, as a precautionary measure, all pupils were brought into the school building and the premises were secured. At this time we had no factual evidence regarding the incident, but all staff members were informed and asked to be vigilant. The decision was taken not to inform parents or pupils at this stage until advice had been received from the local police who had been contacted by school as soon as the incident was reported. Further information was received at 3.10pm from North Yorkshire Police who reported that there was no immediate risk but advised precautionary measures at the end of the school day. These included allowing pupils who travel on school buses to leave as normal, allowing pupils who come by car to be picked up, but asking pupils who live in Carlton to remain in school until a parent or guardian was able to collect them. We then informed all parents via our Groupcall message service of these measures and asked all parents who were collecting their children to do so from the main hall. At present, we are still unaware of the exact details of the incident. However, our main concern was and still is, the welfare of all the pupils in our care. We felt that the control measures put in place this afternoon ensured the wellbeing of all concerned. I would like to thank all staff, parents and pupils for their calm response throughout this difficult time.

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