Chester Catholic High School

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The Catholic High School, Chester
The Catholic High School, Chester Logo.png
Old Wrexham Road

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Coordinates53°10′44″N 2°53′31″W / 53.179°N 2.892°W / 53.179; -2.892Coordinates: 53°10′44″N 2°53′31″W / 53.179°N 2.892°W / 53.179; -2.892
MottoChristo Fidelis
(Faithful to Christ)
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
EstablishedSeptember 1972
Department for Education URN139343 Tables
HeadteacherMr John Murray Mint
Age11 to 18
Colour(s)Green & gold

Chester Catholic High School or CHSC but officially called The Catholic High School, Chester is a co-educational Roman Catholic secondary school and sixth form with academy status, located on the outskirts of Handbridge, Chester, England.

The catchment area of the school expands into Lache and Blacon, with some buses transporting pupils from as far afield as Neston and Frodsham; the school has over 1,000 pupils. The general uniform is a white shirt, bottle green tie, a black blazer and black trousers or skirt; the current head teacher is John Murray, previous head teachers have included John McCann (acting, 2003–04), Victoria Ratchford (1994–2003), Christine McCann (no relation to John) and Michael Balfe.

The school transferred to the present site in September 1972; previously the school site was occupied by the Overleigh Boys School. In 2006 Ofsted called its Sixth Form "Outstanding".[1] Building work was completed in Autumn 2008 and comprised a new building accommodating the Sixth Form and the Performing Arts, along with two new Science laboratories and new office and staffrooms.[citation needed]

The school now has a new Emmaus Building which was built especially for the sixth form is also used for whole school music and drama, it is solar power electricity generated, the water comes from rain water and the drama rooms have underfloor heating. It was officially opened on 12 February 2008 by Russell Cooke, Dean of Chester, standing in for Brian Noble, Roman Catholic Bishop of Shrewsbury.[citation needed]

In 2016, a new all-weather hockey pitch was opened by the Olympian Sam Quek.

The school was awarded specialist Science College status in 2003, in addition to being a classified Beacon school. In March 2013 the school converted to academy status.[2]

The school has an arrangement with Chester City FC to use the schools grounds as a training ground for the current first team and youth team squads. Following consultation the Governing Body of the Catholic High School decided upon a new school uniform in March 2014 coming into effect in September 2014.[3]


The Catholic High School, Chester was established in the early 1970s based on its two predecessor schools, The Ursuline Convent, based near the Roman amphitheatre in the middle of the city, and St Bede's Catholic School in Handbridge.

When the school was opened it took over the buildings of the old Overleigh Boys School, while Overleigh St Mary's Church of England Primary School was opened on the old St Bede's site. An external frieze of St Bede can be seen to this day at the front of the primary school; the Catholic High School opened with Michael Balfe as its first headteacher, and he was succeeded by Christine McCann and then Vicky Ratchford. The current headteacher, John Murray, was appointed in 2004.

The school was founded by and is part of the Catholic church, and the relationship with the Diocese of Shrewsbury and our partner parishes is crucial to the school's identity.



  1. ^ Lovgreen, Jon (9 October 2006). "Inspection Report". Inspection Reports - Chester Catholic High School. Ofsted. Retrieved 5 July 2009.
  2. ^ Henwood, Jo (7 February 2013). "The Catholic High School, Chester to become an academy". Retrieved 6 October 2017.
  3. ^ website, The Catholic High School. "The Catholic High School - Home". Retrieved 6 October 2017.
  4. ^ Knight, Julian (2013). "About the Author". Cricket For Dummies. ISBN 9781118480342.
  5. ^ Silvera, Ian (13 March 2017). "Who is Rebecca Long-Bailey? From 'high-flying solicitor' to Labour's shadow business secretary". International Business Times. Retrieved 25 February 2019.