Headteacher's Welcome and What We Believe

Welcome from the Headteacher


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


I am delighted to welcome you to our website and I hope that it provides you with a flavour of life at St Philip Howard Catholic Voluntary Academy. Through a 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 our strong pastoral system is of key importance to us. Our Catholic faith underpins everything that we do and ensures that our pupils are well rounded, confident young people with increasingly high aspirations. We are on an exciting journey at SPH and we firmly believe that by working together all our pupils will have a bright future ahead.




Together on the Journey 





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


Our Academy is a community where we strive to:

  • Ensure that faith and worship is lived, taught and celebrated
  • Provide a curriculum that enables all to experience the fullness of life
  • Be a witness to Christ as we work with our parishes and the wider community
  • Value and celebrate the achievements of all
  • Communicate effectively and work in partnership with each other
  • Support all our Academy community as we journey together
  • Commit to safeguarding and promote the welfare of Children and Young People


Our Catholic Ethos

Our mission is to be a Catholic Academy where every individual is highly valued and where care and concern for others are central to our work. All our pupils are expected to achieve their potential and become equipped for adult life able to make a full contribution to society.

At SPH everything we do is guided by Gospel values of love, forgiveness, reconciliation justice, faith, integrity, humility, service, peace, hope and prayer. The Academy Mission Statement asks us to live by these values whilst rising to the challenge and achieving progress in what we do. Each day begins with prayer and there is a Collective Act of Worship each day that takes place during the form time or in a formal assembly which is led by members of staff, tutor groups, our chaplaincy groups or the student council.

Through our Chaplaincy provision, we offer children the opportunity to grow as a ‘whole person’. We have started to introduce retreat experiences for specific year groups, using The Marist Centre (Chorlton) and Savio House (Cheshire) as opportunities to pray, reflect and build community together. We engage in fundraising events for a variety of charities throughout the year. We have our own ‘gratitude club’ supporting the poor and needy in our local community and have links with our local parishes and clergy. During Advent we celebrated a traditional and much acclaimed Carol Service, along with a similar event last year during Lent – a sign of our commitment and desire to ensure that our faith is celebrated for all to see.

"Pupils from all faith backgrounds and those of no faith participate fully in the Catholic Life of the school. They see this as an integral part of being a member of the school and can see how they benefit from the Catholic Life of the school." - DCI Report, 2018

British Values

St Philip Howard is a Catholic Academy and everything we do is guided by Gospel values of love, forgiveness, reconciliation justice, faith, integrity, humility, service, peace, hope and prayer. We commit ourselves as a Catholic Community to the development of the whole person and the pursuit of excellence by:

  • Nurturing and developing the Catholic faith within our community with a love of God and neighbour and through a belief that all are unique and equal in the eyes of God
  • Ensuring high standards of behaviour through a culture of respect for oneself, for the academy and for others, embracing the fact that we are all members of a wider multi-cultural and multi-faith community, whilst holding a strong sense of pride and belonging for our own school community
  • Fostering a love and joy of learning and healthy living, to produce happy and healthy, successful and responsible global citizens of the future.


We believe that this reflects the governments drive for the promotion of fundamental ‘British Values’.

The government has defined these as:

·         An understanding of how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process

·         An appreciation that living under the rule of law protects individual citizens and is essential for their wellbeing and safety

·         An understanding that there is a separation of power between the executive and the judiciary, and that while some public bodies such as the police and army can be held to account through Parliament, others such as the courts maintain independence

·         An understanding that the freedom to choose and hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law

·         An acceptance that other people having different faiths or beliefs to oneself (or having none) should be accepted and tolerated, and should not be the cause of prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour

·         An understanding of the importance of identifying and combatting discrimination


In school we promote these things in the following ways:

·         Assemblies, tutor time

·         Curriculum including RE and PSHE

·         Services throughout the year

·         Student Council


Community Hub

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


Keeping Our Students Safe

At St. Philip Howard we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of Children and Young People. As a Catholic Academy, every individual is highly valued and where care and concern for others is central to everything that we do.

Living the Gospel

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


"The headteacher is an inspirational leader and the strong leadership shown by the senior team have galvanized the school community and taken them on a journey of reflection and development." - DCI Report, 2018