• Welcome ​​

    Welcome ​​

    Welcome to St. Philip Howard Catholic Voluntary Academy.
    A member of the St Ralph Sherwin Catholic Multi-Academy Trust.
    Through a positive three-way partnership between, home, school and parish we aim to work together to ensure our children achieve their potential.

  • To view our video message from #Teamsph staff please click below

    To view our video message from #Teamsph staff please click below

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  • School Safeguarding Leaders

    School Safeguarding Leaders

    Please click here to view the full team and how to contact them.

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Times Like These



“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 reflection 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 

Parents/ Carers,

It is essential for us to receive consent forms for your child to be tested prior to their return to school.  Thank you to those who have already completed these. 

If you haven’t, please follow the link below to complete online:


Alternatively, send a completed version of the document you received via email to info@sph.academy

If you have not completed this by Monday 4th January, we will be contacting you to follow this up.  Further information regarding scheduled testing times will follow.

Thanks again for your support.



In light of the government’s most recent announcement, school will not be open for testing from 5th January.  Nonetheless, Students whose parents are key workers or Students who may be considered vulnerable will attend school from 5th January.


From 4th January, all Students will be set work on the VLE and engage in remote learning on MLTV.    


As always, we endeavour to keep you informed as soon as we are aware of any updates and will provide you with more information on Monday 4th January.


Week 1 Monday 18th January - Friday 22nd January 2021

Week 2 Monday 25th January - Friday 29th January 2021




Derbyshire Council COVID Winter Grant Scheme

If you are a family on a low income you could get food vouchers for your children over the Christmas period. 
The money to pay for these vouchers has come from the government through its COVID-19 winter grant scheme which is over and above the other support schemes already provided by Derbyshire County Council. 
The family of every child who gets free school meals in Derbyshire schools because of low income can get a £30 food voucher for the Christmas holidays.  You will get another voucher in February if you are still eligible, the amount will depend on the number of children who qualify at that time.  Some other families are also eligible based on financial hardship.   
You will receive vouchers if you meet one of the following criteria: 
• Have a child aged 3 to 18 in a Derbyshire school (nursery to year 13), eligible for free school meals because of low household income. • Have a child aged 3 or 4 not in a Derbyshire school nursery that receives free childcare and qualifies for 'pupil premium' based on low income (this is sometimes called 'economic funding'). • Have a child aged 2 that is eligible for free 2-year-old childcare because of low household income. You do not need to do anything if your child already meets these criteria (see our website for full terms and conditions www.derbyshire.gov.uk/winter ).  Derbyshire Council will contact you and you should receive a payment by email or text message that should arrive by 21 December 2020. 
If you have children and you do not currently claim free school meals or meanstested free childcare you may still be eligible.  For full details of the scheme or to see what help and support is available, please visit www.derbyshire.gov.uk/winter 



GCSE Press Release 2020

This year’s results were the best the school has ever achieved and this was no surprise either!  The school has gone from strength to strength, from the point of the school’s academisation in 2015, right through to present day.  The Class of 2020 were the first year group to be a part of the reformed school, known as, ‘St Philip Howard Catholic Voluntary Academy’ and, shortly after, the academy joined the St Ralph Sherwin Multi Academy Trust.  It was throughout this period, that our journey to success was paved and improvements over time meant we were prepared for our expected Ofsted visit in the academic year of 2019-2020.  The achievement of this year group had already been foretold and, we held great confidence in the Class of 2020’s success.


Throughout their time at TeamSPH, the Class of 2020 were predicted excellent progress and attainment scores and, they certainly delivered.  The average grade in this year group, across the different subject areas was a grade 5.  As expected, the vast majority of students achieved a grade 4 in English and Maths and, a significant proportion achieved the very highest grades (grades 7-9).


The students that made the most progress in the year group were Lara Milward and Jacob Perry- so much so, that in many subjects, they even exceeded their target grades.  The highest attaining Students that achieved the greatest number of 7-9 grades across all of the different subject areas were Ella Davies (10 grades 7-9), Sophie Parker (9 grades 7-9), Louis Taylor (9 grades 7-9), Daniel Pickford (7 grades 7-9),and Alex Snape (6 grade 9s).  These final two students were also the second highest for progress in the year group too.


We are truly pleased that Students can celebrate the victory of their learning journey at St Philip Howard and look forward to hearing about their continued journey to success in the future.  We wish them the very best of luck.  They will certainly be missed!



Please click here to view our School Safeguarding Leaders and how to contact them.


If your circumstances have changed during the Covid-19 pandemic and you think you could be eligible for Free School Meals, please click here for more details.


Our Parish Pastoral Council produce a weekly newsletter offering help, support and information please follow the link to view and explore their website.

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Please follow this link to view our video message from #Teamsph staff.


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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