Welcome to St. Philip Howard Catholic Voluntary Academy. Through a positive three-way partnership between, home, school and parish we aim to work together to ensure our children achieve their potential.
St Philip Howard Catholic Voluntary Academy is sponsored by Nottingham Roman Catholic Diocese Education Service (NRCDES)
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GCSE English Results 2018 - Much higher than the national average #goTeamSPH

GCSE Results 2018 Press Release - To View Click HERE


“The overall effectiveness of the school is good. The headteacher is an inspirational leader and the strong leadership shown by the senior team has galvanized the school community and taken them on a journey of refl ection and development. The headteacher’s passion and drive have led to an overwhelmingly positive sense of community and care within the school. She has been ably supported by effective governors at the school, who set challenging expectations”. DCI June 2018

#TEAMSPH   |   Together on the Journey 

WEEK 2 - Monday 24th September to Friday 28th September 

WEEK 1 - Monday 1st October to Friday 5th October

School Open Evening - Thursday 4th October 2018

School Open Day - Friday 5th October 2018

 Tours are taking place in the morning and afternoon during school hours.  To book your place, please contact Reception on 01457 853611 or e-mail info@sph.academy

At the Heart of the Community

St Philip Howard Catholic Voluntary Academy is an exciting place for our students to grow and develop, building an enriching love of learning and a spiritual outlook that they will carry with them through life.



louisa Morris  |  Headteacher


"100% of parents that commented on the Ofsted online questionnaire, Parent View, said they would recommend the school." - Ofsted , 2018

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We know you have lots of questions - What are our school dinners like? How do we deal with bullying? To help you get the answers to these questions and many others we have put together a page to answer the most frequently asked questions.

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Since I last wrote to you in April we have been very busy putting into place everything required to formally launch the new St Ralph Sherwin Catholic Multi-Academy Trust on 1st September 2018. As you may recall, as part of the wider Diocesan plan to secure Catholic education for the future, we are bringing together 25 schools from Derby City, Derbyshire, Staffordshire, Stockport and Nottinghamshire (of which 20 are primary and 5 are secondary).
Dear Parents/Carers, As we come to the end of another busy year at SPH, I would like to take the time to thank you all for your continued support. Our school has improved considerably since it became an Academy and both recent inspections and the fact we are oversubscribed in Year 7 for another year is testimony to this. As always, I remain committed to the continued improvement of teaching and learning. Science and Maths are a particular focus and there will be regular updates in the new academic year on these areas in particular.


St. Philip Howard Catholic Voluntary Academy’s facilities are available to hire. Based in the Glossop community; We have facilities for hire that are great for sport, drama, martial arts, business meetings, events plus much more!