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Saint John Houghton Catholic Voluntary Academy‘s motto is success with care and this underpins all life in our school. Our students achieve both academically, and, as a whole person. Our results are consistently good year on year, ranking us amongst the best in Derbyshire. However, we are not just about helping students to achieve the qualifications needed for a successful career; we help to promote and develop the skills needed to actually succeed in life.

“I am so pleased that my daughter has settled in well and made lots of new friends.”

The Academy is situated in Kirk Hallam, Ilkeston, and has good transport links within Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. We cater for students within and outside Kirk Hallam, as our students come from all over the region. We invite Catholic and non-Catholic students to join us at Saint John Houghton Catholic Voluntary Academy for the best start to their future.

what we offer your child

What We Offer


The Best Preparation For Life

Your student will get the best preparation for life during their time at Saint John Houghton

We're Inclusive

Parents and staff work together to help students reach their absolute potential

Progress And Develop In All Areas

An education that will allow your child to progress successfully and develop academically, spiritually and physically with success

High Quality Teaching

High quality teaching in a safe and friendly environment

As an 11-16 comprehensive we provide the perfect transition for students between primary school and further education, or the professional world. Our size allows us to be flexible and students are not limited by particular courses and qualifications. We constantly adapt our curriculum to meet the demands of modern life. We provide parents and students choice and support, so that your child gets the best start in life.

“The transition from primary school to Saint John Houghton was greatly helped by the Pastoral team and Chaplain visiting the pupils prior to them changing school. The staff are so friendly and welcoming.”

The education your son or daughter will get from our Academy will be of the highest standard. Our excellent teachers will personalise lessons for a student’s needs and make sure that no one is left behind. All students succeed.

We provide the best care for our students. Parents regularly comment on how happy their children are at our school and that is down to our partnership with parents. You play a monumental role in a child’s life and we aim to work with you, so the Academy will have a continuous conversation with parents throughout their child’s progress in school. We work together to make sure that your child has the right care for them to succeed.

“Since starting at Saint John Houghton Catholic Academy my son has excelled in confidence and maturity and I have received the utmost support and guidance from his teachers, especially his form tutor.”

Saint John Houghton Catholic Voluntary Academy does not tolerate any form of bullying inside or outside the school and we work closely with parents to stop it.

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