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St John Fisher Catholic Voluntary Academy, Dewsbury

St John Fisher Catholic Voluntary Academy came into being on 1st October 2014. Our purpose is to serve the Catholics living in Dewsbury, Batley and surrounding areas.

Our predecessor school, St John Fisher Catholic High School was opened in 1958, under the trusteeship of the Diocese of Leeds. It was reorganised in 1974 and the Sixth Form was added in 1979.

The academy is an 11-19 mixed Roman Catholic Voluntary Academy with 1200 pupils on roll, including 210 in the Sixth Form. The school was founded to help parents provide a Catholic education for their children.

We endeavour to create positive interaction between home, academy and parish that will provide a basis for the children’s future. We are committed to showing Christian care and concern for all staff, students and parents.

The academy exists therefore:

  • to help pupils to know and love God and the wonders of creation
  • to help pupils to understand and live the Catholic faith
  • to enable pupils to grow in self-esteem
  • to help pupils to become responsible and responsive adults
  • to enable pupils to develop their physical potential
  • to enable pupils to develop their intellectual potential
  • to prepare pupils for life in a multi-cultural and technological society
  • to create a community in which individuals respect each other regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, ability, sexuality, religion or social status.

Sacred Heart Catholic Voluntary Academy, Sowerby Bridge


Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Primary School or the “School in the House” as it had become known opened in 1953 with 74 pupils. It was pioneered by the then parish priest Fr. Austin Roddy who vacated the ground floor or the presbytery so it could be converted for school use. No public funds were available either from the diocese or the Local Education Authority so the school was financed by the generosity of parishioners.

The first pupils, aged 9 -11 were taught by the Irish Sisters of Charity who didn’t need paying. The rapidly increasing intake during the next three years meant that Fr. Roddy had to vacate the presbytery altogether and purchase a small house across the road.

Ten years later the current premises in St Peter’s Avenue were erected and opened on July 1st 1963 with an intake of 280 pupils. Again funding was provided by the parishioners of Sowerby Bridge and Hebden Bridge. Once opened, however, the West Riding Education Authority provided staff and equipment.

Sacred Heart celebrated its diamond jubilee in 2013.

One of its newest innovations is the highly popular ‘Forest School’ which makes excellent use of the extensive grounds. Nationally it is one of the country’s highest achieving schools in terms of sustained attainment and progress. Today, the doors are open to all children, but the Catholic ethos is at the heart of our foundation.

St Malachy's Catholic Primary School, Halifax


St Malachy’s Catholic Primary School

St Malachys

St Malachy’s…

  • Is a Catholic Voluntary Aided Primary school situated in Illingworth
  • Serves the Parish of St Malachy’s, Ovenden
  • Has a 52 place part-time nursery
  • Has extensive playing areas for pupils
  • Is based in a building dating from 1952 which has recently been refurbished
  • Comprises a Foundation Unit 3-5 year olds and 6 further classes for 5-11 year olds, a hall, an activity room, a library area, an ICT (Information Communication Technology) suite and a kitchen

Our school’s mission is to provide a quality education based on Gospel values which promote the dignity and freedom of very person within our community, ensuring equal opportunities for all.

The school is committed to achieving high standards so that pupils can attain their full potential. Attention is paid to all aspects of a child’s development.

We aim to achieve this through:

  • Religious education which involves pupils, the school community, the pupils’ families and the parish community.
  • Developing a respect for the school community.
  • Promoting fairness for pupils, employees and parents.
  • Preparing our pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life.

Our Aims:

1)    To provide a stimulating relevant, challenging curriculum and environment, promoting enjoyment and ensuring potential is achieved.

2)    To support pupils to develop positive relationships both in and out of school and to prepare for their future life goals

3)    To promote positive behaviour, respect and self-esteem for ALL.

4)    To ensure the teachings of Christ are reflected in all aspects of school life.

5)    To develop children as independent learners with confidence to make appropriate decisions for learning and life.

6)    To promote the health and safety of all.

St Joseph's Catholic Primary Academy, Brighouse

Our Mission Statement is reflected in the whole life of our academy which is a worshipping community, nurturing the Faith of all those in our care. The spiritual, moral, emotional and social well-being of every child is a priority to us.

The safeguarding of all our children is paramount and we work hard to ensure that we know our children and their families well. We have robust safeguarding procedures in place and myself and my Deputy are the Designated Leads for Safeguarding.

We value the links between our academy, home and parish, recognising the shared responsibility we have in the all-round development of all our children.

We offer a broad and balanced curriculum enriched with visitors, visits, events and activities to inspire in each child a joy for learning that we hope will last for life! We expect all our children to be honest, respectful and caring to others and to work hard to instil in them a bank of strategies allowing them to achieve success now and in the future. We provide a range of opportunities for them to experience learning and to know that it is ok to make mistakes, reaffirming that we need to work hard, persevere and never give up in order to succeed! Effort and hard work are celebrated as part of our belief that we are all lifelong learners! We strive to encourage leadership qualities in each of our children based on the teaching of the virtues in order to give them a strong foundation on which to build.

We provide our parents/carers with regular information about all aspects of school life and offer many opportunities for discussion about, and celebration of, their child's progress. Working closely together we can ensure that both child and parent/carer have a happy time through the primary journey!

We are very proud of all our children - the progress they make and all that they achieve under the guidance and care of our wonderful staff.

St Patrick's Catholic Primary School, Elland

We Live with Christ by creating a happy community with a strong sense of belonging.

We Learn with Christ by nurturing and celebrating our special talents and achievements.

We Love with Christ by respecting and caring for everyone.

St Patrick’s is a small, community school, situated in Elland, Halifax.

At St Patrick’s, we believe that through instilling good Christian values, we can help children to respect others and themselves.

Through education, we hope to help our children become self-learners, so that they themselves can be interested in and take responsibility for their own learning and education.  All of this will in future years help them to be the absolute best they can be. Our staff care deeply about our children; their wellbeing, their education and their faith. We are a united team who are passionate about learning and learning through experiences and we are very blessed to have such wonderful grounds here at St Patrick's for lots of wonderful learning experiences.

St Patrick’s Catholic School is an incredible place to belong and we are blessed to have a wonderful team of staff, who are dedicated to providing a high standard of academic and pastoral care to our children.

St Mary's Catholic Primary Academy, Halifax

Our school was founded in 1846, serves the parish communities of St Mary’s and St Albans, and is part of a family of primary schools within the Diocese of Leeds and a member of the Blessed Peter Snow Catholic Academy Trust.

St Mary’s is a very popular school with an excellent reputation for its friendly, caring atmosphere and pastoral care.  At St Mary’s we always keep Christ at the heart of everything that we do, as we nurture and support our pupils in reaching their full potential in every way.

We celebrate each child's unique and individual qualities and work closely to ensure our children feel safe, enthused in the classroom and are challenged in their learning.  All of our staff care deeply about our children's well-being, education and faith.

We actively encourage parents to become involved in their children’s education, and through partnership working we endeavour to make your child's journey through St Mary's one that is rich in learning, excitement and love.

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary Academy, Huddersfield

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary Academy which the families of the Holy Redeemer Parish within Sheepridge. Our school is part of the family of Catholic Primary Academies within the Diocese of Leeds and as such, prayer and worship play an important role in the life of the children and staff.

Together with our families, we work closely to ensure our children feel safe, enthused in the classroom and are challenged in their learning. We believe our children are capable of achieving their full potential and will do our utmost to help them believe in their own abilities. Our staff are a close knit team who strive to provide the most appropriate curriculum to meet the needs of the children entrusted to their care. As an inclusive school we celebrate our diversity within our school community and the children embrace and respect one another.

St Patrick's Catholic Primary Academy, Huddersfield

St Patrick's Catholic Primary Academy which is one of the family of Catholic primary schools in the Diocese of Leeds, serving within our parish the communities of St Patricks Church in Huddersfield and Holy Family Church in Slaithwaite. Central to our mission is the message of Jesus which lies at the heart of all that we try to achieve.

We provide caring atmosphere for our children enabling them to flourish and grow to become independent learners.


St Joseph's Catholic Primary Academy, Dewsbury

St Joseph’s is a caring school with a warm and welcoming atmosphere where everyone is valued and respected as part of God’s family. Our high expectations and high standards are combined with a sense of creativity, excellence and enjoyment, firmly underpinned by our steadfast belief that the Gospel Values of Jesus Christ are at the centre of everything we do. 

St Joseph’s school was built in 1965 when the children and staff moved from the hall at St Joseph’s Church. We are a vibrant Catholic community serving the area of Batley Carr and Dewsbury. Archbishop Arthur Roche, Bishop Emeritus of Leeds and recently appointed as Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments by Pope Benedict XVI,  was a pupil at St. Joseph’s when it was located in the church hall and was ordained as a priest in St. Joseph’s Church.

On 1st October 2021 we converted to an Academy and joined the Blessed Peter Snow Catholic Academy Trust. 


St Joseph's Catholic Primary Academy, Halifax

We are a proud Catholic School serving the parishes of Sacred Heart and St. Bernard's, St. Theresa's Queensbury and St. Columba's, Pellon.

We hope you enjoy finding out more about our Faith Life Work, which is an intrinsic part of everything we do at St. Joseph's Halifax. In addition you will see evidence of the exciting curriculum that we provide for our pupils through the dedication and hard work of every member of our school community.

As a school we ensure that each child makes progress relative to their starting points (both academically and spiritually) and every family is supported, through the pastoral opportunities we provide. Our committed staff work tirelessly to ensure better life chances for every pupil in our care. We challenge all our pupils, through our Mission Statement  - that acknowledges that as well as being united, we want everyone to excel in all aspects of life; developing in the virtues that underpin spiritual development.

Should you require a paper copy of anything you read on the website, please contact the school using the contact details below. Please feel free to contact the school for additional information on anything you read, or to arrange a visit.

St Joseph's Catholic Primary Academy, Huddersfield

Welcome to the website of St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Huddersfield. We are proud to be a Catholic school serving the children of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish. I hope that you find the website informative and would invite you to visit our school if you are considering sending your child here.


Holy Spirit Catholic Primary Academy, Heckmondwike

The Holy Spirit Primary School in Heckmondwike, West Yorkshire opened on it's present site in 1968 and continued a tradition of Catholic Education in the town.  Bishop Robert Cornethwaite of Beverley established the first Catholic Parish in Heckmondwike in 1871.  

The building had served the Catholic community of Heckmondwike well and laid the foundations for the establishment of a Catholic education in Heckmonwike.

18th March 1968 was to be the beginning of a new era as a new purpose built school opened next door to the Holy Spirit Church, and the school was re-named the Holy Spirit School.  The school was to provide education for Catholic childen who lived in the Parishes of the Holy Spirit Church, Heckmondwike and Our Lady of Unfailing Help & St Paul of the Cross, Cleckheaton. A school badge was designed which included a shamrock (to honour the early days as St Patrick's School) and a dove to signify the Holy Spirit.

In August 2015, the Diocese merged the two Parishes and appointed the Very Rev'd. Fr. Nicholas Hird as the Parish Priest to oversee the new Parish of Cleckheaton & Heckmondwike.

St Patrick's Catholic Primary School, Birstall

We believe our school to be a distinctive, inspiring and special place, where children, parents, staff, governors and our wider community work in partnership to enable our pupils to achieve their potential, academically, emotionally, socially and spiritually whilst growing in their relationship with God and knowing that we are all unique and special. We recognise that an essential role we have here at St Patrick's Catholic Primary is the teaching of the Catholic faith and we do this by placing Christ at the centre of everything we do.

Through working closely with our parents and carers we endeavour to ensure, that both you and your child have a very happy and memorable time throughout our journey together.

We want all our children to find school life exciting, challenging and enjoyable whilst feeling safe, secure and valued.

St Mary's Catholic Primary Academy, Batley

Thank you for taking an interest in our school. Caring Christian values are central to the ethos of St Mary’s School where each child is treated as an individual with specific needs and talents. We endeavour to develop each child’s potential to the full by offering them a wide range of educational experiences. This helps our children develop spiritually, socially and morally as well as academically. I hope you find everything you need but please don’t hesitate to contact us if you require further information.

St Paulinus Catholic Primary School, Dewsbury

St Paulinus Catholic Primary School has amazing children, staff and Governors who all share the common belief that Jesus Christ is at the centre of all we do. This is reflected in our new school mission statement ‘Inspiring all to live, learn and love in the light of Jesus’ (CF John 8:12) which permeates throughout the School. We place a very strong emphasis on personalised learning and we are proud of our caring and inclusive ethos, creating the happy environment in which our children learn. As a result our children not only achieve very good standards, but they also develop the personal skills needed to be happy and fulfilled individuals.

Whilst the website is a good introduction to the School, I recommend that prospective parents visit us. I would welcome the opportunity to meet you, answer your questions and best of all let you see our great school in action.