About The School

Welcome from the Headteacher

At St. Philip Howard Catholic School we aim to achieve the best from our students in everything they do.

Through a positive three-way partnership between, home, school and parish we aim to work together to ensure our children achieve their potential. We believe that a happy child is a fulfilled child and therefore we put strong emphasis on creating a firm pastoral system. We know that the pastoral support they receive in school will equip them to become sensitive, mature young adults as they move on to the next stage of their lives and we know that this pastoral support will enable every student to become an effective learner.

Our Catholic faith underpins everything in school and all our students have Religious Education lessons and take part in all kinds of liturgy, which support and full fill our mission. We offer the full range of National Curriculum subjects but we also believe that we should develop all our student opportunities. Accordingly we offer a wide range of extra-curricular activities, which extend the experiences of students and help to involve them in the local community as well as the wider world.

We were given our designation as a Sports College in September 2004. It is our belief that through the medium of PE and Sport we will be able to raise standards not only in the area of Physical Education, but also across the school as a whole. In collaboration with our partner schools both in the Primary and Secondary sector we will be able to offer provision and facilities by becoming a centre of excellence for PE and Sport across the Glossopdale area. Our intention is to make a major and significant contribution to the development of PE and Sport across the community and in partnership with High Peak Borough Council and Derbyshire County Council we will endeavour to fulfil our vision through sporting excellence.


Meet the Challenge, make the progress and live the Gospel.

Designated Sports College

Providing a unique array of sports facilities to pupils and the local community.

Accomplished Staff

St. Philip Howard’s staff and teachers are dedicated to pupils achieving their greatest potential.

Committed Governors

Passionate, hard-working and a credit to our school, the governors are a backbone of progress.

Big Achievements

At St. Philip Howard, we see to it that the next generation of adults are raised to become high achievers.

Community Hub

Offering our multi-gym and other facilities to the local area, it’s a pleasure to serve our community.

Living the Gospel

Children in our school are taught strong values and principles, along with a sense of community.

View our most recent Ofsted Inspection Results